Complete review in: https://necroromance.blogspot.com/2019/12-
Five Torches Deep (FTD) is a D&D clone that take fifth edition and removes a lot of fiddling rules that are responsable of slow sessions and endless character creation. It follows the philosophy of OSR games, a school of roleplaying that prioritize simplified rules, challenges to the players instead to the characters and deadly combat. Most OSR systems use the rules old editions of D&D, like B/X. However FTD decide to use fifth edition as its skeleton, in order to appeal to new gamers.
It makes a fast game in combat and roleplaying situations (like an OSR game), but with a heavy resource management and thinking with tactics options and features (as a modern RPG). The choices you would do are not on character creation or as homework, but instead you will have to make serious decisions in the course of a game session. This is why FTD ascended to my top 10 roleplaying in the same moment it was released, and will be the game I will use to run D&D modules, both moderns and OSR.
[5 of 5 Stars!]