[RPG] Can you use the D&D 5e Player’s Handbook in a 3.5e game


I'm new to D&D so I got the 5e Player's Handbook, but my friend and his pals only play 3.5e. Can I use my book and character sheet to play in their game?

Best Answer

No, they're very different games. Anything you try to use out of the D&D 5e Player's Handbook will be nonsense to the “game engine” that a D&D 3.5e game uses. It would be like trying to put a Blu-ray disc into a CD-ROM drive: it will superficially look like it fits, but it will not function.

To play in their 3.5e game, ask them what you need. They may lend you a 3.5e PHB, or they may just point you to the d20 System Reference Document and give you some guidance on how to build a character (which is missing from the d20 SRD on purpose), or they may have a different set of information to use for making characters in their particular campaign. Ask and find out.