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Differences between 5e and 3.5e [duplicate]

I'm thinking about playing a game of 3.5e with some friends, but I've only played/DM'd 5e games. So, what's the primary differences between the two, just so I'm not jumping in completely haplessly? ...
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How does Pathfinder 2e compare with D&D 4e?

I am one of those rare players that strongly prefers 4th edition D&D to all other editions. I love the lack of ambiguity in combat rules, I love playing on a grid, I love the balance between ...
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Is the name of Earth's Master Mage spelled "Eldrich" or "Eldritch"?

Someone on the Discord asked this question, and I was surprised to find that the answer didn't seem clear. In the 1e Freedom City book, Adrian Eldrich was introduced as Earth's Master Mage, who goes ...
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How does Urban Shadows: Second Edition differ from the original?

Urban Shadows: Second Edition is currently only available as a quickstart PDF on DriveThruRPG. As I wait for my physical copy to arrive, I'm wondering: What significant things were specifically ...
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What are the differences between the two Ghostbusters RPG systems?

I'm trying to ascertain exact differences between these two editions (the '86 edition subtitled A Frightfully Cheerful Roleplaying Game and the '89 edition subtitled International), mostly to see if I ...
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How have the various planes changed over the different editions of D&D, including changes of terminology? [duplicate]

Dungeons and Dragons has been around for a long time now, and whilst there are a lot of questions and some very good answers covering a lot of the mechanical and lore-related differences between the ...
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What are the differences between the first and second editions of Mouse Guard?

I have the hardcover first edition of Mouse Guard, and I’ve been trying to determine what differences there are in content between the book, the box set and the second edition versions of both. ...
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How does the Rokugan timeline diverge between the 4th and 5th editions of L5R?

L5R 4th edition was very big on offering the whole empire timeline as a playing field. However, while I am getting myself a treat of the 5th edition core book commented on, it became apparent quite ...
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When transitioning from SR5 to SR6, what are the main changes we have to consider?

My group played multiple SR5 runs spread out sporadically over the years, and we are all not experts of the system, so we thought that we might as well transition to SR6 for the next run. When ...
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What spells didn't exist in 3.5 but exist in 5e?

What are the spells that exist in the Player's Handbook of D&D 5e but that didn't exist in D&D 3.5 core books? I'm not so much interested in renamed/merged spells but in spells with wholly new ...
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When were Orcs changed from lawful evil (as in AD&D 2e) to chaotic evil (as in D&D 5e)?

When I played AD&D 1e and 2e Orcs were listed as lawful evil in the Monster Manual. Lawful Evil as their alignment was consistent with other similar races like Goblins, Hobgoblins, and Bugbears. ...
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What are the significant changes between GURPS Lensman 1st and 2nd editions?

What are the significant changes between GURPS Lensman 1st and 2nd editions? Were there any rules improvements or useful errata or other major reasons to prefer one over the other?
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How do I address a player's complaint that Vancian spell preparation is too restrictive to make Wizards worth playing?

I'm a DM for a fifth edition D&D campaign. After discovering Pathfinder 2e earlier this year, I've been eager to give it a try with my regular group of players. I like the action economy and ...
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Do "editions" of White Wolf products across product lines correspond to one another?

White Wolf has published a variety of product lines. Each product line has multiple editions. Do the editions of various games line up intuitively? For example, I have a smattering of books from both ...
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Applications of Will in Condensed vs. in Core

Some months ago, I noticed a difference between the Core and Condensed editions in the way the Will skill is described. I would like to know whether this is an intentional change between editions (or '...
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Scope of Character Aspects and Hostile Invocations

Core of the Problem Reading Condensed, I'm unsure of what scope of Aspects is supposed to be covered by the term 'Character Aspect' (officially described on page 23, but not without ambiguity; see ...
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Is there more information on the spell Galder's Tower available from previous editions?

I'm playing 5e, and planning my 3rd level spell acquisitions. I came across the spell Galder's Tower. The spell description says: You conjure a two-story tower made of stone, wood, or similar ...
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When did Monks make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Rangers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? Also, see about Druids and Artificers. This series of question is ...
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When did Rangers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Druids make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? Also, see about Artificers. This series of question is based on the ...
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How did the role of animal companions change between different editions of D&D, and which classes had access to them?

In D&D 3.5, druids had animal companions. In D&D 5e, only the Beast Master ranger subclass seems to get one. This made me wonder about the history of this feature in general. Which classes ...
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When did Druids make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity continues after asking When did Artificers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions? based on the initial question regarding Warlocks by aaron9eee: ...
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When did Artificers make their first appearance in D&D, and how do they differ between editions?

My curiosity arose after reading When did Warlocks make their first appearance in D&D and how do they differ between editions? by aaron9eee: A quality answer would have more than just a release ...
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When did Warlocks make their first appearance in D&D and how do they differ between editions?

I'm gathering lore about Warlock class origins in D&D. A quality answer would have more than just a release date, and would ideally cover what makes each edition's version different from other ...
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What are the major differences in style and system between D&D 5e and Pathfinder 2e? [duplicate]

I know this is abit of a "wide net" question. I am currently switching over to 5e from years of activity (after 4e was released) from 3.5e.. The mechanics of 5e seem secondary while the role-playing ...
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Which editions of D&D used these various cosmologies as their default?

There seem to be multiple ways to arrange the planes in D&D. There's the Great Wheel cosmology, the World Axis cosmology and the World Tree cosmology. The D&D 5e PHB (Appendix C, p. 303 ...
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What is the difference in complexity between Shadowrun 3e and 6e?

My group have played Shadowrun 3e once, and we all agreed that this system is very realistic, but very complex. Too many options for our liking. We are considering options to switch edition, and as ...
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How are the Action Economies of Pathfinder 1e and D&D 3.5 Different?

I’m going to be GMing a Pathfinder Adventure Path with PF1e rules, but with some D&D players (who are familiar with 3.5 and 5e rules). This’ll be their first foray into PF so I wanted to explain ...
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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 ...
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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 I am 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 ...
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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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