D&D 5E Which version of D&D would you like 5E to resemble most?

Which version of D&D would you like 5E to resemble most?

  • OD&D

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • OD&D with unified, d20 mechanics

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • AD&D

    Votes: 3 5.7%
  • AD&D with unified, d20 mechanics

    Votes: 15 28.3%

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • BECMI with unified, d20 mechanics

    Votes: 4 7.5%
  • 3rd Edition

    Votes: 23 43.4%
  • 4th Edition

    Votes: 5 9.4%

  • Poll closed .


Which version would you like 5th edition to resemble most? I've included quasi-editions as well, that would strive to keep the feel of a given edition but would modernized that edition by using the unified mechanics of d20 games (ascending AC, d20+bonus=skill, ability and attack rolls, etc).
Also, I've made no differentiation between 1st and 2nd edition AD&D, various versions of Basic D&D, 3rd edition and 3.5, and 4th edition and Essentials... because they're pretty much the same game at their core.

1] OD&D
2] OD&D with unified, d20 mechanics
3] AD&D
4] AD&D with unified, d20 mechanics
6] BECMI with unified, d20 mechanics
7] 3rd Edition
8] 4th Edition

PS: I've somehow posted this to the D&D Legacy forum instead of the New Horizons forum. Sorry for that.
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I voted AD&D with D20 mechanics. If we could work that out, it would be fantastic.

Also, a bit of a blend of AD&D and 3E - no skills or feats, but more classes and maybe PrCs and remove racial limits. That would open up character customization without losing the AD&D feel (I think...).

dangerous jack

First Post
Tricky question. I definitely think it must have d20 mechanics. And I really don't want to lose some of the brilliant 4e innovations. And I have very fond memories of AD&D. But my biggest hope is that it's as accessible, easy to pick up and start playing, and whimsical as BECMI. So I voted for "BECMI with d20 mechanics".

Li Shenron

I hope it doesn't resemble too much any previous edition...

My favourite edition was 3.0, but if 5e resembled it a lot, why would I buy it? I already have it! :p

If it resembles closely any other edition, why would I buy it? I already know I'm not going to like it more than my 3.0! :cool:

These don't mean that I want it to be totally different. Just enough different (but with all the sacred cows alive and intact!).


I really liked the mid-early 80s, when you had both BECMI and AD&D 1st. They were different enough to have a different flavor, but not so different that you couldn't easily use modules/products from one to the other.

Dog Moon

I would like 3rd edition, but I do think 4e had some good things going for it, like making sure every class had some various at-will actions to do all the time instead of the basic 'I attack' every single round. Although I'm sure there's a few things they could pick up from previous editions as well [I always liked Kits from 2e, and Pathfinder seems to have sorta done this already]. Admittedly though, this is starting to look like the stuff I've been working on homebrewing, so I'm not sure how much I'd actually need a new edition, but this is sorta what my ideal game would look like...


First Post
I voted 4th, but I would have liked to voted 3.5 AND 4.0 as that`s where WOTC`s current market is. I think.

I really have no need for this product, so what I want is irrelevant.

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