Everyone is buzzing about the possibilities of 5th edition. What’s it going to be like? Well, this old school gamer has one single suggestion, and only one.
Gone are the days when a newcomer to the game can pick up a blank character sheet and a pencil and literally “draw up” a character. Playing 4th edition means using the computerized character builder. No one plays from a character sheet they’ve filled out with a pencil.
Oh, the goblin chieftan took your armor and magic sword? What’s your armor class now? What’s your bonus to attack? Hang on, let me log in to Wizards.com. Uncheck a few boxes. Hit preview. Now I’ve got it!
If you need a computer to play the basic game, it is a huge, gaping flaw in the mechanics. Yes, I understand that having that convenience makes it easier and faster sometimes, but we’ve gone beyond that into RELYING on the computer generated sheets to play. Many DMs at Wednesday night encounters I’ve been to won’t let you play UNLESS you have a printout from the online character builder.
My suggestion is this: make the game mechanics and character sheet simple enough to let any player with a pencil create their character on paper AGAIN, and play the game without the use of the online aids, if they choose to do so…
Oh, and I almost forgot. Where along the line did role playing get removed from this role playing game?