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Old 11-16-2018, 05:42 PM
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Easy system to begin with?

I am just wondering, is there an easy or easy-ish system to start off with if I have never really played before?
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:49 PM
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What are you looking to play?

If Dungeons and Dragons type fare, then 5e is a good way to go given current popularity and how the Players Handbook lays out character creation.
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:53 PM
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If you mean systems wise, no idea! I played Pathfinder and 3.5 back in the day, but I've been out of the loop for a looong while now.

I would really like to play a barbarian type, half orc/orc-ish.
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:58 PM
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Oh, we have those systems as well. Check out the Games Seeking Players area for what's currently recruiting.
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Nice. Thanks
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Old 11-17-2018, 12:12 AM
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Well, if you do want to try a new system, 4e is easy on the character creation and running, but getting books might be a little difficult and it is a fair bit different from 3.x editions. 5e has a full SRD to work with, but I did find it to be a bit in the uncanny valley of 3.x.
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Old 11-17-2018, 04:26 PM
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I'll probably poke my toe into various systems working my way up. Maybe that way I'll see which I like better.
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Hey, I thought I'd share how I ended up getting into it all:
I started with D&D 3.5E, ended up playing D&D 5E afterwards and enjoyed it, however, I then ended up in a Shadowrun 5E game. I'd definitely suggest D&D 5E for its simplicity as a gateway to the wider systems as it helps get you familiar with the basic terminology and rules. I'm now running a Witcher TRPG game, looking into starting a campaign based on a simpler system such as Mutant Year Zero or City of Mists, though I'm not entirely sure yet, need to gauge interest.

I hope this helps out in some way.

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Old 11-20-2018, 09:19 PM
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Thank you it does! It made me realize I can skip 4e and be just fine. I was kind of wondering whether to do 4 before 5.
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Old 11-23-2018, 05:02 PM
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It's great that there are so many different RPG systems to choose from.
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Thank you it does! It made me realize I can skip 4e and be just fine. I was kind of wondering whether to do 4 before 5.
4th edition has as much to do with 5th edition as learning to ride a horse does to driving a car.
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4th edition has as much to do with 5th edition as learning to ride a horse does to driving a car.
They both require Dexterity and Wisdom.
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Thank you it does! It made me realize I can skip 4e and be just fine. I was kind of wondering whether to do 4 before 5.
I think 5e is going to be a little more familiar to what you remember from 3.5/pathfinder. But 5e is much more forgiving of sub-optimal (i.e. not min-maxed multiclass cheese) builds. As long as you allocate your stats reasonably well and ask for advice when you need it, you are probably going to end up with a viable character.
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5e was very clearly written with simplicity as a design goal. Particularly coming from 3.x, you’ll notice a LOT of places where the designers went out of their way to make the game easy to learn and quick to play. It will probably have some things about it that rankle as a result, but the overall effect is to make a game that’s much lighter on bean-counting and optimization, and much heavier on “screw it, just go play already.” Which is a plus for me, might or might not be for you.
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Old 12-20-2018, 03:18 PM
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I'm going to give you some different advice. I used to play D&D about 30 years ago and am now getting back into it.

I started out in Basic D&D and moved on into Advanced D&D 1st Edition. Recently I wanted to get back into it, and the only group I could find was running 5th Edition, so I jumped right in.

I find 5e needlessly complicated. It took me over an hour to just create a character. Plus all the different places where you can check for this and that and the other thing … didn't used to have that. After 4-5 sessions of playing, I still don't understand the mechanics of the system. I just role-play and let the others guide me.

AD&D 1e is definitely simpler and easier to learn - at least in my opinion. However the OD&D or BECMI system is much more simple than even 1e. Simple means easy to learn. Simple means it moves along more quickly. Simple means more role-playing and less mechanics. I don't know about you, but I'm here for the role-playing.

Did you know that, as of a week ago, more original D&D copies have been sold than any other edition? Closely followed by 1e, with 5e trailing in a poor third.

Do you know, you can still buy the original D&D and 1e AD&D books and modules? Most of them as PDF downloads but some of them as full books. Plus used ones are being sold on the internet all the time.

After some searching, I have found a local FtF OD&D group just forming, and I intend to be part of it.
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