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How to use skills — did this change between editions and how?

It seems the role of rules1 was changed throughout the history of D&D. For instance, as this answer says, there was an explicit destinction between "crunch" and "fluff" in fourth edition: a ...
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What are the differences between DC Adventures and 3e M&M?

DC Adventures is a version of 3e Mutants & Masterminds, released in advance of the core 3e books. In the course of answering someone's question on the Ronin Army forums about the legality of the ...
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What are the main rules differences between Zweihander and WFRP 4e?

Considering these two sets of rules were inspired by WFRP 2e and came out recently, how do they compare? From what I understand they both heavily use d10’s and have dark themed settings. They both ...
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Does Pathfinder 2e have more in common with D&D 5e than it does with Pathfinder 1e?

Pathfinder 2e came out more recently than D&D 5e, and there may be some similarities or influences that 5e has had on Pathfinder. Is the new Pathfinder edition more similar or less similar to D&...
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What are the main differences in the druid class between 5th edition and 3.5 edition?

What are the main differences between the Druid class in 5th edition vs. the Druid class in 3.5?
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Is Pathfinder 2e compatible with Pathfinder 1e, and D&D 3.5 and 3rd edition?

Pathfinder 1e was completely compatible with D&D 3.5 and to a lesser degree 3.0. Most mechanics and statistics can be used in the other systems without major modification. Is Pathfinder 2e ...
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What are the difference between Cyberpunk 2020 and Cyberpunk Red?

Cyberpunk Red is the new update to Cyberpunk 2020 after the 4th Corporate War. Currently, only the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit is available. What are the main differences from the previous edition?
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What Lore Changed Between Editions?

Now that the second edition of Eclipse Phase is out, I would like to know what bits of lore are different in second edition. I know most of it was meant to stay intact, but that doesn't mean that ...
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What are the major changes between Pathfinder first and second editions?

The Second Edition of Pathfinder came out today. As a long-time player of Pathfinder, what changes should I expect to see when I play the second edition? What are the major points that have changed? ...
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Does 5e follow the Primary Source rule?

In D&D 3.5, there exists a hierarchy of sources as a rules concept so that if something in one text contradicts a passage in another one of the sources may officially take precedence. An ...
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What are the major differences between Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 2nd and 4th edition?

Since its release in 2005, the second edition of WFRP has accumulated a large body of official and third-party material, and a large, active, and loyal community. Since the 4th edition's release in ...
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What are the main changes from Vampire: the Masquerade V20 to V5?

I'm a Vampire: the Masquerade V20 (20th Anniversary Edition) game master, and I've thought about switching to the V5 (5th Edition) version. I tried to find sites that compare the two, but I didn't ...
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How Do Core and Accelerated Resolution Mechanics Differ?

The differences between the two versions of the game are quite noticeable, and also spelled out in the conversion guide. Differences in various resolution mechanics seem subtler, and easier to ...
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What are the differences between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, on the DM's side?

The very similar question here has answers that focus a lot on the experience of the players. As a fresh PF DM who was used to 3.5e I'm more interested in changes to rules that I need to pay ...
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How to (permanently) kill a Naga?

It has come to my attention that, at the very least in 5E, Naga's are effectively immortal. When slain, they simply return to full HP in a matter of days. However, I have not managed to find any ...
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What playable races were cut between 4e and 5e?

I'm just starting out with D&D, and while I haven't played yet, I'm in love with all the things in the PHB. But I am a sucker for self-torture/more content, and I was wondering what got left ...
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Are Humanity, Paths and Morality Deontological or Utilitarian?

Over the decades, I've run several times into disagreements about whether or not some circumstance excuses a sin on the hierarchy, or whether inaction leading to a a sin-like event occurring ...
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How Does the Lore Differ Between Exalted 2e and 3e?

I am acquainted with Exalted's second edition lore, but am about to sign up for a game that uses third edition of the lore as a base. (It uses mechanics of neither, but this isn't a question about ...
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How Exactly Do Concessions Differ Between the Editions?

There are two things that make discussions of Concessions sometimes confusing: people carrying over rules and assumptions from a different edition, and people melding their house rules or speculation ...
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How do all the World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness RPGs connect?

I just got my kick-starter copy of Changeling the Lost 2nd Ed and are starting to dip my toe back into the World of Darkness after a long absent. And I found out that it is confusing as hell trying to ...
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Storyteller vs Storytelling system comparison

In some answers I saw in the last year that were focussing on the Storyteller system of WoD, someone answered with the Storytelling system of the CoD in mind, usually noticeable by referencing to the ...
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What are the differences between the first and second editions of Primetime Adventures?

While discussing games that became worse with their second edition, someone mentioned Primetime Adventures. I own second edition Primetime Adventures but not first edition. What changed mechanically ...
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Has the Simulacrum spell changed since 2nd edition AD&D?

I've been idly scrolling through the questions on Simulacrum & find myself suffering from some serious confusion, from the answers given it doesn't appear to be the same spell I knew at all. As ...
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What are the differences between Pathfinder, and Pathfinder 2e playtest v1.6? [closed]

Of course, by "Pathfinder 2e" I mean the new version of Pathfinder that has currently been released by Paizo for playtesting; Version 1.6. The type of answer I would prefer is an unordered list which ...
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What are the main differences between Vampire: The Requiem, Vampire 20th Anniversary, and Vampire 5th Edition?

What are the major differences between Vampire: The Requiem (Second Edition), Vampire 20th Anniversary, and Vampire 5th Edition? My experience with the vampire saga is limited to only two sessions as ...
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How has the Sibriex changed across editions of the game?

We are looking for a creature, curse or ability that changes parts of characters bodies into those of Fiends (i.e. an arm becomes a tentacle, the tail of a scorpion grows etc.) In a post titled "The ...
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In which edition of D&D did players stop earning bonus experience points for high prime requisite ability scores?

Both basic and AD&D have rules for characters gaining a +10% bonus on earned experience points if they have high scores in the prime requisite ability of their class. Initially there were also ...
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What are the differences between the 2nd and 3rd editions of Nobilis?

I would like to try playing Nobilis, but I am stuck with choosing between the 2nd and 3rd editions. The latest edition seems like a completely different game with jokey "anime" style and feels very ...
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What are the differences between Numenera and Numenera 2?

In the style of the numerous D&D edition comparison questions, what are the major changes that Numenera 2 offers over the original release?
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How did the multiclassing rules change in the different editions of D&D?

I'm interested in how the multiclassing rules evolved/changed throughout the history of the game. A small summary of differences should be sufficient. Please include Pathfinder in the answer. I ...
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What weapons were exotic weapons in 3.5e but are now martial weapons in 5e?

With the release of the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron came the double-bladed scimitar. From players of 3.5, I've heard there were more double-bladed weapons such as axes and swords, along with dire ...
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What are the main differences between the first and second editions of Monsterhearts?

I'm planning on running a game of Monsterhearts in the near future, but currently only have a copy of the first edition. Is it worth me 'upgrading' to the newer edition? What are the differences ...
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Why did the designers refactor Fortitude, Reflex, and Will saves into six different saves in 5e? [duplicate]

In Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition, there were Fortitude, Reflex, and Will saving throws, each tied to a particular ability: CON, DEX, and WIS respectively. (Prior to this edition, saving throws ...
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What are the differences between early access and finished versions of Zweihänder?

What are the differences between early access and finished versions Zweihänder grim & perilous rpg? What has been changed? What has been added or removed? As early access version I mean the ...
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Is 5th Edition D&D combat faster than in 3.5 at low levels?

I am trying to get a group together, and we cannot agree on an edition of D&D. An argument being made by the pro-5e side is that 5th edition D&D goes faster than in revised 3rd edition, all ...
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In which D&D editions does alignment play a big part?

D&D 5e was my first tabletop game and I was disappointed to see how little does the alignment influence the game, since I am a big fan of the Good-Evil, Order-Chaos axes. In which editions does ...
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Was Improved Grab modified during system revision?

Is the Improved Grab ability different in 3.0? Like, I don't know, maybe no special size restriction, or it working like the 3.5 version's -20 without an actual -20 penalty? For reference, the ...
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How has the relative combat prowess of Bugbears as opposed to Goblins changed over time?

Bugbears are the big bad goblinoids. A single average bugbear has always been more than a match for a single average goblin, in a straight up fight (which sort of fighting neither generally employs). ...
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How do interpretations of Hit Points vary among D&D editions?

Is it true that Hit Points in different editions mean different things in the game world? For instance, hit points are quite abstract concept in 5e: Hit points represent a combination of physical ...
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How compatible are the 1st and 4th editions of L5R?

Could someone tell me how compatible the L5R 4th Edition is with the 1st Edition source books? I have the entire 1st edition (every book they released) and am planning on dusting them off to run a ...
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Throughout all editions, has one been able to cast Feeblemind on oneself and how exactly has it worked?

Various editions of D&D have had a Feeblemind spell. Through each iteration has one been able to cast the spell on oneself and if so is a save required or optional? How has this changed throughout ...
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What are the differences between Paranoia XP/25th Anniversary and Paranoia 2017?

The 2017 version of Paranoia (which unfortunately is just called Paranoia without any edition subtitle that I can find) appears to be pretty different from Paranoia XP/25th Anniversary (which were ...
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What are the rules differences between Pathfinder and Starfinder?

Paizo's Starfinder system is heavily based on their long-running Pathfinder system (itself based on D&D 3.5). What rules are different between the two systems? To clarify, this question does not ...
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What are the major differences from Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st edition to 2nd edition?

I've only played the first edition of WFRP but it seems most devoted players have moved on to 2nd edition. I've heard that the magic system is all new. But there was a supplement to 1st edition called ...
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Is it true that Fate Core 'Replaces updates and revises' 1st and 2nd edition FATE?

Like I usually do on all early FATE questions, I have finally gotten a comment on my edition comparison question indicating that FATE is basically the same as Fate Core, just less good in every way, ...
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What are the major differences between AD&D and D&D 3.5e?

What are the major differences between Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and D&D 3.5e? My DM is used to old school D&D and wants to know the differences.
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What are the differences between Holmes D&D and Original D&D?

What are the differences between Holmes D&D and Original D&D (as opposed to the differences between Holmes, Moldvay, and Mentzer D&D)?
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Differences Between 3.5 and 5e Bard?

In my former group (playing 3.5) I played as a Gnome Bard. While I really enjoyed playing this character, I found that while he was extremely useful (and entertaining) to play outside of combat, in ...
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Have the developers of D&D 5e explained why they made Opportunity Attacks work the way they do? [closed]

I have a friend who has a very strong opinion that the rules of threatened range and opportunity attacks D&D 5e are completely irrational, which is fine. As a DM he house-rules the stuff from 3.5e ...
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What are the differences between 1st and 2nd edition FATE?

FATE 1e and FATE 2.0 are very similar, to the point of having basically the same rulebook layout as well as much of the same art. While I have a great deal of experience with 2nd edition FATE, I don'...