The new edition of Dungeons of Dragons was released last fall. The Wizards of the Coast D&D development team set out to create a new version of the game that would be appealing to gamers from all of the previous 4 editions. They’ve done an excellent job of accomplishing their goal. Here’s my review.
This new version of the D&D Starter Set is based on the new rules for 5th Edition. In addition, a Basic Rules PDF can be downloaded for free from the Wizards of the Coast website.
So, what do you get by buying the starter set instead of just downloading the free Basic Rules PDF? You get a 64 page adventure along with 5 pre-generated characters, a set of dice, and several pages of monster stats (included in the 64 page adventure). For the price, you really are getting a lot of content, and dice to boot (everyone loves having more dice, right?).
As far as the rules of 5E go, in my opinion this is the best rule set ever put out in a D&D game. Are they perfect? No, and with such a wide variety of players and opinions, no rule set will ever be perfect for everyone, but this new rule set has done an excellent job of streamlining combat, simplifying checks, and adding a lot of fun, while still making things easy to change if you don’t like certain aspects of the rules (tailoring the rules to your own preferences is even encouraged in the rules).
I’m very happy with what Wizards of the Coast has done with this new version. This Starter Set is an excellent introduction for new players and provides a great pre-made adventure for experienced players. Once you’ve got a good feel for the basic rules, I recommend picking up one or more of the core books (The Player’s Handbook, The Monster Manual, and the Dungeon Master’s Guide) for more detailed rules and additional options.