Thursday, February 27, 2014

Top 5 Editions of Dungeons and Dragons

1> Pathfinder
2> Dungeons and Dragons 3.5
3> Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
4> Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition
5> Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition

Controversial list right off the bat because I chose a non-Dungeons and Dragons title for number one. When Wizards of the Coast (WOTC from now on) released Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Paizo bought the former DnD 3.5 rule base from WOTC. They reworked it, improved it and released it as Pathfinder. Many have called it Dungeons and Dragons 3.75.

Pathfinder tops the list because it is the evolution of the spirit of Dungeons and Dragons. It cleaned up issues that had been bugging me for decades and kept the original feel of Dungeons and Dragons. DnD 3.5 is number two because it refined the newer concepts of 3rd edition. Advanced DnD was the first edition of  DnD that tried to provide more structure to the rules started with the Original Dungeons and Dragons (aka White Box). ADnD 2nd Edition added new tweaks for characters and more ways to define them. DnD 3rd Edition introduced Feats, where characters could have abilities that altered the way other character features worked or enhanced skills.

Not on the list (no particular order)
Dungeons and Dragons Basic Rules (Red Box)
Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition
Dungeons and Dragons Next (5th Edition, not out yet)

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