5th Edition Is Dead! Long Live 5th Edition!

5th Edition Is Dead! Long Live 5th Edition!

AD&D ran from 1977 to 2000 with the two editions. Since then we have had 4 editions in 20 years that’s about five-year shelf life for an edition here lately. That is compared to over 10-year shelf life for AD&D editions.  I think it would be wise for Hasbro to keep 5th edition. But 5th edition came out in 2014, so it is about at that 5-year mark now. Hasbro has been losing money. D&D sets are coming out like monopoly each with some branded popular media as the selling point, Stranger Things, Rick & Morty etc… And then there is the survey, if you have not taken it, Hasbro has a big survey online for gamers. It sounds like they are looking to change things when you take it. I would much rather an RPG company buy the rights and take a new direction of just giving us the game we like to play. I wish somehow the rights could go to people who already put out great content with focus on just putting out stuff for existing editions instead of getting some team tasked with changing the game completely again. On top of that there has been a lot of discussion around social issues and the game, and I feel we can better address those in the community instead of just giving Hasbro money to address it with selling you a new product or profiting from your creation on their web community. Hasbro realizes they can make money by addressing these problems and that seems to be a point of marketing for them. Continue reading →

Posted by Logar The Barbarian in 5th Edition, D&D 6th Edition, Dungeons & Dragons, Open Gaming, 0 comments

Natural Healing and Hit Point Recovery

This article covers natural healing and hit point recovery.  Several different systems are listed below. It really depends on what type of game play you and your gaming group like. Realistic and gritty with slow HP recovery, fast heroic recovery, something in-between? Continue reading →

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Open Gaming

My choice in gaming is political. I have played Role Playing games since the late 80s. When I picked up my first Role Playing Game (RPG) I had no idea what I was doing. My first games were not run correctly at all. We really did not start playing in a more correct manner until a friend played some games with another group and came back to us to Game Master (GM) us in my parent’s basement. I played a lot of smaller press games at the time from more independent publishers before I ever played Dungeons & Dragons. We often would use the games we played to depict the ideas for stories and characters we had. The rule sets were there as a vehicle to tell the stories and share the ideas in our imaginations.

Palladium games were big for me in the early years of role playing. The Palladium system was based on house rules for Kevin Siembieda’s Dungeons & Dragons game. Even in the early 80s, the DIY element was present in the publishing of games. Just running a game was a DIY effort most of the time. Role Playing appealed to kids who wanted to create their own entertainment. As I grew to learn the history of role playing and Dungeons & Dragons, I began to see this wonderful past time where people were engaged in a community of gamers who were creating their own games and rules as they went along. Dave Arneson introduced Gary Gygax to his game which he called Blackmoor and Gary & Dave would go on to publish the first white box of the game. Over the years people getting into it would create their own worlds, rules and elements to play. Eventually other small press game companies would publish supplements and other versions of RPGs. The first few decades there were often conflicts over publishing material for existing games, even though it continued. Continue reading →

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Playing Online

As we approached the era of COVID, I began playing online for the first time. We used Discord for our game. I have always had an aversion to video-games, and lots of technology. So, if I was going to game, I had to be willing to go beyond my comfort zone. Discord is as far as I have gone. Some of you may be familiar with Discord, others might not. It is an app designed for people who play video games. My understanding is that it is mostly for video-games. 

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Posted by Logar The Barbarian in Discord, Tech, 0 comments