Tuesday, February 14, 2012

5e Play Test

Last night I got to participate in a 5e play test. It consisted of creating characters and a battle with a troll and some goblins.  We'd entered a dungeon, but didn't get too far into it.

I won't go into too much detail other than many of us have seen these rules before.  They lean more toward older editions than 4e.  There is a cool rule about magical healing.  Monsters have low hit points, but do a lot of damage.  And we had a good time.  I still need to fill out my questionnaire which is what I like least and best about my experience and if I had any questions about the rules. I'll fill it out tonight.

I am hoping this outreach towards old school guys and the reprints is a step toward a friendlier relationship with everyone.  That they realize its not just their rules that needed to change, but their attitude.  I'll be adding that to my feedback email also.

15 comments:

  1. Ok, so, I signed up for playtesting, but didn't get no invite to have fun yet! When do us plebs get in on this action?! ;-)

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  2. So going "back to roots"?
    Damn! ((((

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  3. Yeah, there's a lot to talk about when it comes to 5e, but for now I'll keep my comments limited to Monte's posts ;)

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  4. Very interesting! I look forward to hearing more.

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  5. You didn't mention how you got involved? Are they offering play tests right now? For some reason I thought that was a little later this winter/spring.

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  6. More 5E posts, please!

    Most curious about compatibility with older adventure content...

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  7. That's very encouraging. Like scottsz, though, I am very interested to know how backwards-compatible the rules will be.

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  8. My thinking is it's all about the accumulated content library.

    If WotC can adopt a more 3PP-friendly and interactive licensing/distribution model, they can do a lot of good...

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  9. I'm definitely excited to hear the details from your playtesting.

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  10. Yeah, how'd you get in, you lucky duck? My group would be freaking perfect to playtest -- experience with all editions and many other RPGs, a couple of hardcore rules-tinkerers, etc. Several of us 'signed up' but that just meant submitting an email. Did they initiate contact with you or something?

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  11. I got into it merely by chance. I had nothing to do with it. A friend got one of Wonka's golden tickets and we were able to take it for a short test run. Overall, the experience was positive. I'm looking forward to try it out more.

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  12. Mike Mearls is actually... Gene Wilder!?!?

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  13. I am very jealous of this. Highly interested to see how it all plays out.

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  14. I am part of a playtest group, too and am wondering how much I can talk about it. We've had one session so far and it's been fun.

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  15. Yeah, Tim...I know you're a Steelers fan and all, but I'd still appreciate your take on 5E more than some folks' opinion. Please give us more info when you have a chance (unless you had to sign a nondisclosure agreement or something).

    Frankly, you've piqued my curiosity.
    ; )

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