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General At what level(s) do you start your D&D campaigns?

At what level(s) do you start your D&D campaigns?

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  • Total voters


New players = level 1
Veteran players = level 2
Dark Sun = level 3
The next Kaiju (Monster Worldish) campaign I do or "one shots" = 5th level

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Dave Goff

I love starting at level zero. Of course, it's always been homebrew, but I've enjoyed it both as a player and a DM. Maybe it's because it's like an interactive origin story and I've always enjoyed origin stories. To be honest, starting out powerful is kind of boring to me.
However, having said that, if you want to get to epic levels you should probably start at 3rd level at the lowest. Otherwise the progression will take forever.
As an example of zero-level goodness: I remember my players getting excited because one was able to get a bow and another learned the Mending cantrip.
They actually brought it up several times in the following sessions and even admitted that getting real spells after they leveled up was kind of anti-climatic.
Mostly though, if it's fun for you and everyone involved, you do you. :)

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