Published by Wizards of the Coast on July 15th 2014
Explore subterranean labyrinths! Plunder hoards of treasure! Battle legendary monsters! The Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set is your gateway to action-packed stories of the imagination. This box contains the essential rules of the game plus everything you need to play heroic characters on perilous adventures in worlds of fantasy. Ideal for a group of 4 – 6, the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set includes a 64-page adventure book with everything the Dungeon Master needs to get started, a 32-page rulebook for playing characters level 1 – 5, 5 pregenerated characters, each with a character sheet and supporting reference material, and 6 dice.
Yeah I’m a super nerd, nobody should be shocked. So of course I play D&D, though I’m relatively new to it. I tried getting into it during 4th edition but I thought a lot of the rules were super broken.
Enter 5th Edition.
But the full Player’s Handbook is like $40 so instead I went for the cheaper $20 option (marked down to $12 on Amazon). Big mistake, y’all.
First there’s the Starter Rulebook, which is fine but TINY. Want to create your own characters? Tough, none of the rules for that are in here. You’ll just have to subsist on the premade character sheets or download an extended rulebook from the website. And even that doesn’t even come close to the handbook. You get a tiny list of spells, some super basic mechanics, and thats all. No meat, no toppings.
Then there’s the premade adventure, which is actually not too bad for beginners. It walks you through the whole process of being a DM without the need to buy the equally expensive Dungeon Master’s Guide. Cool, that I can get behind.
Then you’ve got your premade characters and some dice. The dice are pretty cool, mine were blue and white. But they are pretty basic, if pretty. Not a lot of frills, that for sure. The premade character sheets, well personally I think they’re garbage. If you’re playing in an all new group they’d probably be fine but if you’re playing with anyone else just forget about them and have them help you roll a character. These are stupid.
Mostly I just wish I had bought a Player’s Handbook and a set of dice. The rest of this stuff was unnecessary. But I play with an established group so *shrug*. I guess give it a look if you wanna start a group of newbies but if you’re a lone newbie just find an experienced player with a Handbook to help you out.
What are your thoughts on D&D and this set? Share your thoughts in the comments.
From my shelf to yours,