What RPG have you played the most since August 2016?
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition tops my play list over the last year, though if my regular weekly group hadn’t been plagued with attendance issues Pathfinder would have easily tied with it. But as I’ve mentioned a few times before, and posted here on the blog, I’ve enjoyed getting back into a D&D edition with very little setting baggage. While they’ve since released setting information for the Forgotten Realms, along with several adventure paths set in the Realms, there still isn’t the weight of setting information that Pathfinder carries. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Golarion setting. It surpassed the Forgotten Realms as my favourite published campaign world, and I don’t see that changing. But there is just so much setting information available, it can be hard to find a way to put my mark on the setting as a GM.
Besides scheduling issues, one of the reasons D&D 5E has been at the top of my playlist is the setting I created for my two ongoing campaigns. I’ve loved having my own campaign world again, something I can develop along with my players as they explore. And with a lighter, leaner rules system I feel more freedom to really make the world fantastic, without worrying that I’m breaking some rule system in the game.
None of which is to say D&D 5E is a perfect game, not by any means. But it’s the closest I’ve come to the feelings I had when I first started playing back in 1980, and that’s no bad thing.