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DnD 4E Reactions; a custom system?

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So I am trying to figure out whether or not I am in love with DnD 4E. I can't exactly say that it has been the best 'treat' to read through the books! Some of it has been pretty thick actually. But I do like some of the changes and the style. I don't like how 'canned' things feel. I almost get the sensation that if I take something out, the rest of the system falls apart. Is it just me?

Anyway, I am going to use it for my new campaign; I think it is definitely an improvement in technicalities over 3.5. However, as always, it does not 'custom-fit' as well as I would like , which means that I have to tweak it a little in order to make it work for me. Nothing crazy, but enough to make it work with my world, Halikar.

All in all, I would like to get some reactions to the new system, just to see what people think. And if you are a DM and have a world of yours, how has it work out for your world? I'd love to hear from yas.

"It isn't the strength of your hand what changes the world, but the mind that moves the touch."

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  1. Grimwell's Avatar
    I find 4E to be very flexible as a system and much easier to cobble my own ideas into. The main reason for this is that it's easier to say "Yes." to character ideas. A character in 4E, at it's core, is nothing more than a stack of powers and support abilities. So any time a player says "What I really want to do is X..." all I need to do is work with that person on making a character that can suit the concept and fit the balance of the system.

    While this has always been the case, I find it easier in my mind for 4E than prior editions. Now a Knight of the Broken Table can be something different than a Fighter or Paladin if I so choose to develop it as a class.
  2. eltomate's Avatar
    Well, what I am finding is that I will have to make certain classes exclusive to certain races based on the background of th world. The problem I am having is that I have this race in my custom-made world, which would have exclusive access to a class. So what I am afraid of in the end, is whether or not this wil be a turn off. I hope not.

    One of the biggest issues I have had with DnD in general, is that it I find the system hard to peel off in order to make it stick onto a custom-made world without affecting the harmonious flow of the system.

    You know which system I thought was out of this world as far as its abaility to mold into any world, ICE, ever heard of it?

    The system was basically a huge book of charts which gave out weapon results based on your hit. I really liked that system, it was a bit lethal, but god did it make for good situations where you were working with broken ribs or fractured wrists... it rocked. It did suffer, however, from too many numbers (which was the turn off).

    You may ask why then I play DnD 4E at all; it is far easier, I must say. And there is a certain level of slick-polish to the finish of the game, which very few systems out there have but for perhaps Exulted (I might be wrong making that judgement).

    Anyway, I am glad it is working for you. I think it will work for me to, I hope that whatever changes I make won't kill me in the end.