D&D 40th Anniversary Blog Hop #15: First D&D you didn’t enjoy

What was the first edition of D&D you didn’t enjoy?  Why?

Some of my college gaming buddies and I were among the gaming masses eagerly awaiting the arrival of 3rd edition, eating up the Dragon magazine preview features and pretty much any other tidbits we could uncover.  After acquiring the books and running a few sessions, we ended up going back to 1e AD&D.  There were certainly things I liked about the game, particularly ascending armor class; the d20-based skill system was pretty nice too.  However, I felt that the new fiddly bits — feats, attacks of opportunity, etc. — didn’t really add enough to the experience to warrant having to constantly reference the rule books during play in order to use them.  We never came out and said “this system sucks” when we left 3e behind, we just decided that we wanted to stick with the game we already knew and enjoyed.


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