Good round-up. Though we’re certainly moving to 4e, d20 Modern remains one of my favorites, and I’ll be hanging on to all the books I have for it (but getting rid of all my 3.5 books.)
They’re built on the same system as you point out, but I have no problem running d20 Modern without a battlemap/minis (and thus eliminate a lot of the fiddly combat rules) and giving out XP based on story and roleplaying rather than challenges… both things that are possible in D&D, but trickier.
– Dave T. Game 2008-03-24 21:00 UTC
Yeah, convincing the rest of the group is going to be the main problem. Which makes staying with D&D 3.5 for the next few years my option of choice. I’m always thinking about possible house rules and am looking long and hard at the Book of Experimental Might – and thinking about Conan because I recently read a lot of short stories – but one of my iron principles is that one should not switch rules in the middle of a campaign.
– AlexSchroeder 2008-03-26 13:54 UTC