So. Been a really busy week for me. Work. School. Family.
I took a mental health break from it all last night around 8:00pm and was looking through all my material for the White Plume Mountain and I realized something.
Edition wars are fundamentally bullshit.
The concept of an "edition war" is based on the idea that one edition of a game is better/worse than another.
My running of White Plume Mountain flies in the face of this.
Here are the materials I am using:
Rule base: D&D 3.0 (not 3.5, just 3.0).
Module: White Plume Mountain, 1st Ed AD&D, with 3rd Ed D&D updates and an extension, Dragotha's Lair, written for 2nd Ed. AD&D.
Characters: A Pathfinder Ranger, a 3.5 ed Paladin that is a 4e race (Dragonborn), a 3.0 witch, a couple of converted elemental sorcerers (were M&M 2ed, now Pathfinder), and a Star Wars revised ed bounty hunter.
Dragotha (Big Bad 1): D&D 4e stats from the Draconomicon.
Keraptis (Big Bad 2): BASIC D&D Witch that I am playtesting.
Plus I am using D&D 4e fortune cards.
Also maps released under GSL and minis from at least 5 or 6 different sources (which are all of course edition-free).
Everything so far has run nice and smooth and everyone is having a blast.
So. Either I am some Mad Scientist, Super-Genius-level DM that can make all these conversions on the fly OR there is just not as many differences between these systems as some people think.
You may not like a particular edition, but that doesn't actually devalue it nor change it's worth to others.
Anyone else out there do this kind of D&D freestyle mixing of editions? What were your experiences? Did it work? Did it fail miserably? If none of the above would you be interested in trying it out?