Last week, I posted the real cause of the 15-minute adventuring day. I was somewhat unprepared for the response!
Thousands of people read the post and many commented. One comment that came up again and again in the ensuring conversations was that many readers considered 5e to have an Old School vibe. This surprised me. On a recent break from my Borderland of Adventure campaign we played over six months of 5e and I never once picked up an Old School feel.
(And, if you are interested, here I discuss what Old School means to me).
This leads me to wonder if we’d played 5e “wrong.”
Now, of course, the feel of the game could be down to the GM, the module or even the gaming group. Whatever the reason, it annoys me that I may have missed (for me) a vital facet of 5e play.
As you probably know (or have guessed by now) I’m a huge fan of Old School play. Coupled with this, I’ve recently been considering Raging Swan Press’s stance on publishing 5e products. To date, we’ve published almost exclusively Pathfinder compatible products (many with an Old School feel) and if we were to start publishing 5e material I’d want to maintain the same style. It thus seems to be a rather good idea to understand what aspects of 5e people consider Old School.
So—do you think 5e has an Old School vibe? If so, why? (And, of course, if you disagree let me know why as well.) Please leave a comment below, and help me understand 5e better!