Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Basic D&D's B2 vs. D&D Next's B2

One of the heartening and surprising things to me about D&D Next is how very close the playtest version of its Caves of Chaos holds to the original in The Keep on the Borderlands. I've been doing some detailed comparisons between the two and they are almost identical.  Treasure is lower across the board, which is a good thing in my opinion, but the monsters and their numbers are virtually the same.  Take a look for yourself at one of the areas:

SPOILERS BELOW



B. Orc Lair

entrance-
Basic - 1 orc
D&D 5e - 1 orc

7-
Basic - 4 orcs, 16gp
D&D 5e - 4 orcs, 8gp

8-
Basic - 4 orcs, 16gp
D&D 5e - 4 orcs, 8gp

9-
empty

10-
Basic - 30 orcs, 14gp
D&D 5e - 30 orcs, 9gp

11-
empty

12-
Basic - orc leader and 2 orcs, 994 gp, +1 shield, potion of healing, fireball scroll
D&D 5e - orc leader and 2 orcs, 140 gp, +1 shield, healing potion

Total Treasure-
Basic - 1040 gp, +1 shield, potion of healing, fireball scroll
D&D 5e - 165 gp, +1 shield, potion of healing

Overall, I really like that the versions are so similar.  It makes me very optimistic about being able to use my old modules with 5e or to be able to use new modules with my old games.  Rock on WotC, you're on the right track.