So I (and my gaming buddies) have been playing DnD since the early 80's. I first played basic, then expert before moving on to ADnD and then 2nd and 3rd. We all got peeved when they released 3.5 and decided not to venture into any new editions. After a break of several years, one of the guys decided he wanted to give 4E a try and we have been playing for about a year and a half. At the risk of starting a flame war over the editions, I have to say that we aren't too happy with 4E.
Let me add that we have jumped around from a variety of RPG's over that time. Top Secret, Gamma World, Palladium, Rifts, Vampire...the list goes on...
So, after giving 4E a serious try we have decided to go back to the earlier editions and do some 'play testing' to see if we can figure out which edition we want to play. We are going to go back and make some first edition characters and play a couple of sessions. Then we'll convert to 2nd and then 3rd and so on. Part of the goal will be to recreate the 4E characters in each edition as we move along, so we are trying to play the same storyline while only changing the game system.
I'm not necessarily looking for any advice or guidance since I feel pretty confident in our ability to evaluate the systems, but I am curious to hear other perspectives about the various systems.
I've got my own sense of why 4E was so unsatisfying as a system (to us) but I'm curious about other opinions.