Well it’s Sunday, and that means option time. And today, I’m going to write about Dungeons and Dragons. In the comments below, you can start your own edition wars, but today I want to talk about something I’ve been thinking about for a little bit. I’ve written a ton of RPG reviews, but what’s really strange is most of these I think I like more than DnD. But, I play more DnD and Pathfinder than any other RPG. So my question today is-Do I love Dungeons and Dragons?
This seems like a pretty no brainer question, right? Ya, you play a bunch, so you do. But at the same time, DnD has pretty much all I hate in an RPG. It has one time failure. Roll a dice wrong, and you don’t open the gate or you don’t know the important thing. Also, I have to say, I hate the D20. A single die that just has a flat distribution of numbers doesn’t really demonstrate the reality of life. Sure, it makes for easy math, but most often your average. Life doesn’t have these massive swings. Most of the time you will roll a 10 driving to work. Sure you might need a 5 to do it and have a +3 to the drive skill, but honestly does the 2 really matter? Does rolling a 20 on the drive check before the mod really reflect you critically pulling into the drive way? I like when there is a distribution of numbers. I like the bell curve! Also, I like my number mattering. As with my above driving example you roll your d20 and drive to work. You get a perfect 23. Does that really matter anymore than the 5? Heck in DnD rolling a 19 most times won’t even get you more damage. I like when the numbers matter too.
So those are all things that prove I don’t like DnD/Pathfinder. But the question remains-If I hate the major parts of it, why am I staying? All of the above are major flaws in the D20 system, be it 3.P 5e, or even 4e. How does one rectify that fact? Well, I have a few ideas. First, there is some legacy. I cut my teeth on 3e. That’s not a misprint-3e. Sure it’s broken, and the math fails about 3/4 in to the system, but its fun with your friends. Also, I like the worlds. Math isn’t everything, and you can role-play with a quarter. I like Golarion and the Forgotten Realms. I love these places. I’m sitting are reading tons of books both on fluff and on mechanics and I know these places. These places have earned a place in my heart. Also, these games are big. McDonald’s might not be the three Michelin Star material, but it’s pretty ubiquitous. I love getting geeks together to get some games to happen. These platforms both have some awesome support, and I do love them for that.
What do you think? Do you love some games despite the game? Do you hang on to a game that irks you a bit because it gives you something else? Leave your thoughts below.