I've been playing D&D since the first time I opened the World of Greyhawk box set 1987. I've played characters up to the old immortal rules box set (36 lvl) and almost fell away from RPGs in the 90's. I am an old school gamer and fell iin love with the d20 3.0 edition when it came out in the early 2000s. I don't mind 3.5 but feel it was dumbed down in some places, yet in others cleaned up. My current game has been ongoing for over 10 years but we can only meet up a few times a year for an intense weekend-long gaming session. It's all about world building and ultra-realism. Political factions, histories, character backgrounds, intrigue, plots, sub-plots and yes...combat and death. My gaming partner and I co-DM the game and co-play it as well, each of us handling about 4-6 characters, with dozens of NPCs. Maps, battles, ambushes, and a killer backstory make it so much fun. I shall never stop playing...Long Live D&D!