I similarly held an OD&D campaign for several friends who grew on 5E, but I don't think they managed to connect with it fully. They were constantly underpowered and I kept providing them with common sense and logistical advices their characters would think of just to keep the engines running, and I would spark and boast them in those rare occasions when they did use their wits and tools in creative ways rather than in brute fights. In the end we just sort of drifted away one by one, but I'm surprised they stuck with me for as long as they had, and it was very fun getting to see them map layouts and considering the directions they would take.
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Post by sixdemonbag on Mar 17, 2019 13:43:07 GMT -6
These are all very salient points.
I have slowly and gradually transitioned my players from a 5E campaign to a more OD&D one. This took a couple years and many baby steps. If I had just scrapped 5E entirely overnight and introduced them to 0E, I'm not sure how successful it would have been.
As it stands now, we all are enjoying our "mostly" OE campaign so there is definitely hope. The biggest hurdle was to convince the players to avoid combat at all costs and to figure out other ways to get past monsters besides rolling to hit/damage. Once that mindset set in, things went smooth as silk.
I will say though, that the more strategic, moving parts of 5E combat, is very fun to play in a different way than OD&D where combat is much more deadly and resource draining, by comparison.
In 5E combat is more like a tactical puzzle, whereas OD&D combat is more creative and improvisational where party formations and composition play a bigger role.
I think that sort of training/learning (to play in a more old school way) can take time, when most of our media caters towards an instant gratification approach.
It's hard to resist, I even fall under that - especially with CRPGs where I'm now more impatient to get the thing done. Compare Skyrim to Morrowind, for those of you who have played both... it's that sort of environment that has encouraged a different approach to play.
But yes, they can be taught!
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