Gaming The Old School Way: Tabletop

A brief breakdown of my favorite table top games.

These days, when people think of social gaming, two things may come to mind. Facebook games or MMOs. Now they may be right, but I have a totally different idea of social gaming. I still love the sound of the dice hitting the table and it hitting those magical numbers. Yes, I am talking about tabletop gaming. Sitting around the table creating stories with friends is truly a social game if nothing else is. We still play several games.


Pathfinder is a system built off Wizard of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 edition. This is what 4th edition should have been. The play has been smoothed over and lots of things Wizards missed has been added in. The world is massive and has an absolute great storyline to go with it. My favorite class is the cleric, and the rogue. It's a tie.

World of Darkness

While the new World of Darkness is neat, I am still a huge fan of the old edition. White Wolf was purchased by CCP Games a few years ago to get the rights to make WoD a MMO, but that game has yet to be finished (of which I am still waiting on). My favorite of the series is Vampire the Masquerade, to be closely followed by Vampire the Dark Ages. While these two games are close in play stats wise, how you play is considerably different to how different the world was at those two times. In Vampire the Masquerade, I love playing Toreadors, and in Dark Ages, I love the Cappadocians.

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons is currently in its 4th edition. Its considered one of the worst editions Wizards of the Coasts has released in the tabletop circles I run with. It is one reason why we discovered the game of Pathfinder and switched to it. The game was simplified to a point where it is befitting an MMO instead of a round the table game.

Published Jun. 24th 2013
  • Felternsatch the Vigorous GM of DHOOM
    I've ran Pathfinder, GURPS, 3.5, and 5e games. Right now, the flexibility of GURPS with the combat system of 5e would make me VERY happy.
  • Rob Mulderij
    Why not play a brand new game? With a classic look. ... raedergame
  • Randall Harris
    So, you don't like Fourth Edition? Tragic. It's a joy to dungeon master, it's easier to teach than Pathfinder, it's balanced (a party without a cleric can survive), and I've found it to be a lot of fun.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    It seemed ok enough, but when you are gaming with an old school group that started with 2nd edition (including dm) who don't like it, the fun just isn't there.

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