Stranger Things

Though I remain totally committed to my B/X game–which runs mostly BTB though I’ve been contemplating some additions lately–I have been spending a lot of time exploring variations on the game. One that I’ve been really enjoying is the Microlite81 take, and it’s been so intriguing that my follow-up posts on the topic have been delayed while I dig deeper. But I’ve also finally decided to take an even larger leap…

I got myself a 5E ruleset(!).

I’ve looked at this many, many times over the past few years. And several gamers I know have been strongly encouraging me to check 5E out. But I’ve resisted for a lot of reasons. Until now.


The standard Starter Sets seemed unavailable for some reason, but this Stranger Things special edition was available so I decided to at least give it a look. It arrived today, but I have not had a chance to do more than give it a glance so far. I certainly don’t anticipate shifting over to 5E (at all!), but I intend to keep an open mind about it. If that means I might dip my toes into the newschool of D&D on a trial basis, so be it.

I recognize that this will cost me oldschooler cred. Oh, well. I think I’ll manage.

(For the record, I’ve played more B/X in the past month than I played in the previous year. And I expect a lot more in the next couple of weeks, for sure. The oldschool game is humming along better than it has in a decade, to be honest.)

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