Friday, 13 January 2012

Here's what I'd do with 5th Edition D&D...

That's the way I'd go - use this with 3.5's three saves, a stripped down combat system with attack roll + modifiers Vs AC, and about a dozen skills with skill roll + modifiers Vs DC. No talents or feats - save those for a supplement - and then concentrate on the gameplay and steer away from complicated combat.

Make it a box set with a book for players and one for DMs, extra book for an adventure and maybe the beginnings of a new gameworld and then go from there. Everything explained clearly and step by step like the original Red Box Basic, and with enough material to get a few games. Let the players get up to about level 10 and everything else is modular. So, drop the three book format, stick it in a pleasant shrink-wrapped box that would look nice on a toy store shelf and make it accessible to fresh gaming blood.

Most of all, pull back the design. Drop the stylised anime batshit insane impractical armour and weapons and try and make it a bit more grounded in reality. Release books for gameworlds, the usual Forgotten Realms and that kind of thing. Go from there.

So, after those changes, the character sheet would look something like this:

1 comment:

  1. That's pretty much what I'd recommend, too.

    The one difference may be with skills. Those are going to be a major sticking point, if compatibility with early editions of D&D is a goal. One option is to have a skill system like 3.x's be an add-on. The default, core system lets you try pretty much anything as just an attribute test. Each class will also have certain skills that are simply maxed out by default. So, the thief will get Stealth and Burglary bonuses equal to her class level. If the skill module is "turned on", the player can choose to tweak those bonuses by spending skill points instead.