So let’s talk about the new PHB. First if you are still playing 1e it’s all there for you:
- Dragonborn (from 3.5e)
- Tiefling (from 4e)
- Barbarian (Added to 1e from Dragon #63)
- Sorcerer (from 3.5e)
- Warlock (from 3.5e)
So, there’s note much added from 1e expect a few of the most popular Races\Classes. As you go thru the book it talks about what rules are optional. The biggest area is all of Chapter 6 is Optional (Multiclassing and Feats). I’m glad that Feats has been rolled back a bit. It always seemed to me add a layer of complexity.
So I’ll give more impressions as I read more, but thinking back to what people were guessing what 5e was going to be about. A lot of folks thought it would be somewhere between 3.5e and 4e. I think it’s more between 1e and 3.5e. In one sentence (which really isn’t total fair to the game): It’s 1e with the best of 3.5e. I don’t see much of 4e at all, but I’ll bet those combat rules will be optional somewhere down the line…
Just a quick update on playing the Starter Set:
- First the adventure in the set is well done. Lots of subplots to do and it really does step by step a DM thru the adventure and the rules.
- I would say the game play right now is closer to 3rd edition. However, it does have a little of a 1st edition feel to it since the rules are boiled down quite a bit.
- I would guess, as more of the rules are added it will feel more like a new 3rd edition, but I’ll bet it will have options to add more of a 4th edition combat feel, if that is what you like.
I know that is a very high level feel, but that’s all we have right now. We will find out more when the Player’s Handbook is released.