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Author Topic: Which of the Earlier Editions of D&D, has the most dedicated fan base today?  (Read 684 times)

Jam The MF

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Re: Which of the Earlier Editions of D&D, has the most dedicated fan base today?
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2022, 02:32:42 PM »
Yeah, based on retroclones and youtube channels, it seems to be B/X.  To me this is a bit funny, because back in the 80s, it seemed that AD&D was far more popular than B/X.  Usually B/X was the gateway to AD&D; at least where I lived, though most of us really played a mash-up of the two.  I had one good friend who preferred BECMI so we ran a multi-year campaign of that, making it to the high companion levels with domains.

But these days, as evidenced by the wild success of OSE, it seems to be B/X that retains the dedicated fan base, largely for its simplicity and streamlined modularity.

I was a tween when I got started, and I enjoyed B/X because it was easy to use. However, my self-important 12 year old ass always insisted that I played Advanced Dungeons & Dragons because it was ADVANCED......

The players who introduced me to the hobby back in the mid 1990s, told me right off the bat that they were playing "Advanced" Dungeons & Dragons.  I didn't even know that there had been more than 1 ruleset.  They were taking what they liked from AD&D, and making up the rest.  It was "their" version of D&D.  They should never have called it AD&D.

Everyone does that to some extent or another. Those who say they don't are lying. And if they believe they're not, they're also lying to themselves. Question is: How much did they change?

To start with; they ignored keeping up with AC, and just said that you needed a 16 or better to hit (Roll High).  We were playing very high level characters, and we had a LOT of attacks per turn.  16 Attacks per turn, each.  We were all some form of Fighter / Magic User, except for one really high level Cleric.  We knew LOTS of spells.  We didn't prepare anything, and we didn't track anything either.
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