A friend of mine has been singing the praises of 5e for a bit now (he was very active in the various play-tests), I always smiled, nodded politely and changed the subject. Well that has changed. At Free RPG Day I got to participate in a 5E game. I got to play. I was handed a pre-gen, given a brief (very brief) run down of the 5E rules (Advantages, Disadvantages, Short Rests, etc...) and we started playing. And it was FUN! I was back in the game! One of my other friends a regular player in my various games and a DM in his own right joined us, and he had a blast also. It was FUN!!!
But I was still skeptical, this was a playtest, not the final version. I did order the Starter Set, I mean for $12, I couldn't resist, heck the dice in the set alone cost nearly that, well half that at least.
Now the Basic rules have been released, for Free! I downloaded them, liked what I saw, sure there are a few things here and there that I may change, but the rules work, they have pulled some modern bits and pieces in but the old deep roots of the game that I know and love are still there. Yesterday I uploaded the Basic DnD Files to Office Depot and with a coupon got them to print it up for $11, by yesterday afternoon I had the Basic Rules in hand, hopefully the booklet will fit into the Starter Set box when it arrives.
But the most important thing, I'm feeling creative again, the ideas are flowing, I've got my muse back, while everyone was still asleep this morning I got up early and got to creating stuff! I'm ready to play D&D Again! And you know what it feels Good! : )