Everyone once in a while, I mosey on back to this board to see what's new. Boy, the role playing threads are quiet. TOO quiet. I do not know about the rest of y'all, but I still love myself some pen and paper RP'ing, and play at least once/week...sometimes more.
For the curious, my D&D 5th experiment/comparison to Pathfinder continues. My D&D group is level 5 (We had to start over
) While my PF group continues to push forward. I really do like how D&D5 gets rid of so many of the variables, buffs, and other little things that just bogs down PF combat, and how it really makes magic items feel special again. A long sword +1 is a LOT more exciting in D&D 5th than PF since it is a true improvement and not just an expected upgrade at level 4. Furthermore, D&D 5th does not assume magical upgrades at certain levels, the GM gives fewer magic weapons/armors/etc...which means she or he can make take the time to make them unique and interesting. However, I do miss the customization and archetype choices available in PF. We have two rogues in our D&D game and because there are not a lot of variations and choices in class creation/level up, they feel way too much alike. As GM, I address that by adding awesome magic items to the game that help them to feel different. One rogue gets a darkbow which allows him to snipe/sneak attack from a distance, while the other found a magic pair of boots which permits him much quicker movement around the battlefield. It does help that D&D 5th makes backstabs possible as long as you have one friend in melee range of the monster at the same time providing some distraction.
Regardless, I use Golarion, from PF books, as my setting for both games. I'm actually running a PF adventure path for my D&D group. I tried to get back into Frueron (or whatever its called) in D&D....but it feels so cliche and boring to me now. I used to love those books back in the day. I would spend afternoons reading about the adventures of Drizz't and other characters...but, now it just feels sooo boring. Golarion has various countries, each with a good (and sometimes great) history, customs, etc, and a solid list of exciting deities allowing for deep RP customization of characters and NPCs. It helps that they pattern every country after a major theme (i.e. Ustalav = gothic horror, Cheliax = Lawful Evil country that fell from grace, etc).
What about you? What systems are you playing? And, what settings do you enjoy the most? Do you mix and match game systems with settings like I do?