6/07/2015

d30 Challenge Day 7

d30 Challenge Day 7
This is my 7th entry in the d30 Challenge, which is a bastardization of an idea I first saw on Mark "CMG" Clover's feed. Now I'm a sucker for these things and I know some folks aren't so while I'm committed to answering one question about my favorite hobby each day, and putting together a d30 table before the end of the month, I know not everyone is so interested. I'll put the question & answer after the break, posting late in the day, and not promoting this on G+ so those who don't like this kind of thing should be exposed only minimally.

I think this is the best I can do....
Day 7's question is "Favorite Edition".

Again, not an easy question to answer. I think there is an inherit bias that this question means "which edition of D&D" that I'm not entirely thrilled about. Don't get me wrong, I really liked AD&D even though I really didn't get to play it until I was an adult, and then not nearly as much as I wanted to because of work.

I really liked HackMaster. The "1st" edition of the game, which we all called 4th Edition because in our opinion it was the 4th Edition of AD&D in reality was about 50% 1st Edition Rules, 25% 2nd Edition rules, and 25% some of the publisher's home rules. HackMaster rocked back in the day, as long as you removed the legally-required parody crap out of it, which was surprisingly easy enough to do. I would have to say that the current edition of HackMaster is my favorite edition. My wife & I, along with our gaming group, pretty much got in on the ground floor....well at least after the very rough "WTF" version....I pitied those playtestors. Because of this, HackMaster really feels like it is "our game". Hell, our names are in some of the fricken books!

I really like the modularity of the game, since there are a bunch of rules I'm probably never going to use, and the fact that running a game doesn't require much of an additional learning curve as simply playing the game. If you can play, you can run.

HackMaster ("5th Edition") is definitely my game, but I'm having fun playing others.....