I have cautiously approached 5e. This is because of my dislike for fourth edition. 4e was not a well put together system (this is my opinion of course, feel free to disagree) and I thought it was aimed mainly at players that enjoy MMO games like WoW, GW2, etc. 5e is different in that regard. I feel like they have made several things more basic such as limiting the amount of skills you have and how feats work/ ability points impact you. The changes they made the classes however is spectacular! Probably my favorite class as far as changes go is the Bard! I know, I know, why on earth would I like a bard. The sixth party member, the spell caster that is barely a spell caster, the jolly old useless singer. Well, 5e bards are rather something different. I am impressed and excited to say bards are quite terrifying. So, hooray for that!
Anyway, Hoard of the Dragon Queen is the first of a two part pre-made campaign that is accompanying the release of the PH, MM, and DMG. A few days ago I was able to run the first part of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen. It was enjoyable and my group seems to be adapting to the changes so far. We have a Warlock, a fighter, two Rouges, a cleric and a Paladin. A lot of front range capability which will probably bite them in the ass later for not having a mage of some kind (warlock is a mage I suppose, but not really). I used the Hook, “Every five nights, you have a strange sequence of apocalyptic dreams. The World is destroyed by cold, choking fumes, lightning storms, waves of acid,and horrible fire. Each time, the dream ends with ten eyes glaring at you from the darkness. You feel a strange compulsion to travel to Greenest. Perhaps the answer to the riddle of your dreams awaits you there.”
While this was kind of a silly hook I thought it appropriate to place in our groups Paladin party leaders head. He gathered his friends and the adventure began! Arriving at Greenest it was under fire by cultists, acolytes, a blue dragon, and so many Kobolds…. The game was then delayed because they had to fight around 20 kobolds 10 cultists and a few acolytes before they made it to the keep. This is where we stopped for the night. So not much happened but it was still a lot of fun.
First impressions are, the system works, the new classes are neat, and I don’t think my friend can break a character and power game quite yet. haha. 5e you get 5 stars right now, at least until supplement books come out and make classes super ridiculous again!
"No you can’t name your weapon shop ‘Bloodbath and Beyond’."
This is an excellent idea.