Disclaimer: despite some opinionated language (which only applies to my taste/experience) I have no desire to offend anybody or their tastes. I am simply asking like-minded folk for some info and input.
Background skip this paragraph if you need to cut to the chase or have no tolerance of DDO criticism): I started playing the paper and pen games in the 80s and loved the PC games including Bard's tale series, gold box series (Pool of Radiance, etc.), and the venerable Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate games. The latter were the epitome of blending the pen & paper with the PC. I have tried other successive AD&D PC games, and they all seem to fall flat... Something of a glorified Diablo. Nothing matched the party-driven, turn-based chess match the older games brought. I decided to finally try DDO based on a review, and after a couple of hours, I think I am leaning towards "hate". The rules and dynamics have no feel of the older/original games, the graphics are poor and campy, and the whole thing smacks of a bad 2001 PC game. If I want a single player "abandon the original format" experience, I don't see why I shouldn't re-play Skyrim instead which thus far seems to be superior in every respect, minus a multiplayer mode.
Now the questions...
- Is there an ACTIVE online tabletop site or RPG gaming site that embraces earlier edition style play?
- aside from eventually joining into multiplayer quests, does this game change (improve any) or does it continue to be the same "left click" scramble that it has been thus far?
Thanks in advance to any offering constructive input.