Dungeons & Dragons

D&D is unique. It’s the original fantasy roleplaying game that spawned a hobby and an industry, hundreds of supplements and adventures have been written for it, and for its 40th anniversary an overhauled version is getting people excited about D&D all over again.

If you’ve never played D&D, the Starter Set contains everything you need to play. For more options, you’ll need the core rulebooks (the Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide).

There’s a lot to D&D:

  • Basic D&D free rules — It includes “the material needed to create characters and advance to 20th level,” and will continue to expand as the other books are released.
  • Starter Set — “This box contains the essential rules of the game plus everything you need to play heroic characters on perilous adventures in worlds of fantasy.”
  • Player’s Handbook — “The Player’s Handbook is the essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons roleplayer. It contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more.”
  • Monster Manual — “The Monster Manual presents a horde of classic Dungeons & Dragons creatures, including dragons, giants, mind flayers, and beholders—a monstrous feast for Dungeon Masters ready to challenge their players and populate their adventures.”
  • Dungeon Master’s Guide — “The Dungeon Master’s Guide provides the inspiration and the guidance you need to spark your imagination and create worlds of adventure for your players to explore and enjoy.”

Three Things About Dungeons & Dragons

  • Options Galore: With the 5th edition, the designers make it easy to mix and match optional rules to suit the needs of a given gaming group.
  • Bounded Accuracy: Attributes and bonuses are capped, so the variance in power between low- and high-level characters is reduced.
  • Vast Back Catalog: Because D&D has been around for ages and has such pull, there are hundreds of supplements and adventures that can with varying degrees of modification, be used with the latest version of the rules.

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Reviews of the D&D Starter Set

  • “My verdict? This is my favorite version of D&D.”Stan Shinn, S.W. Shinn
  • “It’s not the finest starter set for an RPG ever made, but it’s certainly a lot of fun to play and serves as a good taste of things to come.”Jonathan Bolding, The Escapist

A Review of the D&D Core Rules

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