D&D General What Is Your D&D Survivor Edition?

The One Edition of D&D You Keep

  • OD&D (White Box)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • B/X (BECMI)

    Votes: 12 12.0%
  • AD&D 1st Edition

    Votes: 8 8.0%
  • AD&D 2nd Edition

    Votes: 7 7.0%
  • D&D 3.x Edition

    Votes: 13 13.0%
  • D&D 4th Edition

    Votes: 13 13.0%
  • D&D 5th Edition

    Votes: 47 47.0%

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I voted for B/X. It’s not perfect, but it’s easier to add things than to remove them. There are also several games built on that chassis, so you aren’t stuck with just how things were done in the original.


Pedantic Grognard
The only serious competition in my mind for 5th is BECMI/RC, because the latter handled the domain game well.


5E. The mechanics have gotten better, more logical, and easier to use consistently over every edition. I would never want to go backwards back to a time when AC went down, or there were hundreds of so-called feats that did little but add 1s and 2s to the numbers on your sheet, or everything to do with the game was so grid-focused that even the supposed hallmark of creativity, illusion spells... did nothing but move your figure up or down or across the game board.


Solitary Role Playing
I read through (most of) the rules for Fantasy AGE and I really like what I saw. I just wish I could get a chance to actually play the system to see how it works in "the real world."
We've been using it for a year now. The stunt system is fun. It makes encounters less predictable. You never know when a PC or an enemy will get stunt points to do cool stuff.

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Laws of Mordenkainen, Elminster, & Fistandantilus
5e was the simple pick for me. I have appreciated every version and the great friends I have made every step of the way. But 5e D&D plays so well, the game is so elegant, and the books so beautiful I am frequently in awe. Cheers, friends!

From my point of view we're living the golden age of D&D because we can buy and play both D&D 5e (the best of WOTC era) and Old School Essentials (the best of TSR era... improved).
Because this poll is about official versions of the game only, the choice was easy and painless : 5e.


I said 5e, but 4e is a close second. What I would really like is a combination of the two. That would probably be easier if I had the 4e chassis, but at this point I know 5e so much better than 4e.


I taught my 5 year old son the basics of D&D - using 5E. He is in kindergarten. I think the 5E might be a bit more complex, but they're also a lot better written. The ease of understanding the rules is probably very close to eqivalent.
I taught my son 4e at the same age. I think we often over inflate the difficulty of learn to play D&D.


5e for me, I guess. I'm not entirely happy with that choice, but it's the least-worst option there.

Although I suppose it depends somewhat on player availability. If everyone else is doing their own "survivor version" then I'd actually go for whatever the rest of my local players pick - I'd rather run/play my second or third choice than not be able to play at all due to being wedded to my first pick.


Final Form (they/them)
3.x was tempting; there's just so much completely wild and new oddball stuff to try out and play with. We will likely never see anything the likes of the Binder, Archivist, Factotum, Incarnum, etc, ever again, which is the saddest thing about leaving it behind.

But 5e is just a much better, smoother game, and if I had to choose only one edition, that's gotta be the one.

I'm still gonna crib 4e monster design though


Makin' cool stuff (She/Her)
Why, 4e of course. It could be better, if instead of stupid short and long rests there were actually reasonable once per scene and once per session abilities, but it's good enough the way it is.

That, or B/X. It's not like they're even remotely comparable

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