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D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

Abstruse

Hero
4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

All in all, I think the rules show the flexibility and level of customization to come, and are playable as stands. So long as you pick up the STARTER SET (available in select game stores now or from mass market outlets on July 15), you’re good to go and honestly don’t need anything else to play unless you want additional options. Releasing this amount of rules for free is the best move for the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS line. The barrier to entry is low, no matter how you cut it. If someone’s curious about the game, they can get enough rules to play totally for free. The rules are simple and easy to learn, even for complex classes like spellcasters. If you’re curious about the game or want to try it out again after an extended absence, all you have to do is download and get started.
 

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5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

The are two ways to look at the basic rules WotC released for free on their website: either you see them as a complete basic game that WotC is giving away for free, or you see them as an incomplete version of 5E. My own choice is to see the Basic Rules as something very similar to the basic D&D I learned to love back in the 90's, and the fact that they're giving this solid D&D game for free makes it even more awesome. We're using the complete 5E to play, but if you're interested in trying the rules without making a strong investment, I cannot recommend this version enough.
 

Cernor

Explorer
4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

It's a given that something given for free won't be as good as something you have to pay for, but the basic rules are an excellent starting point for jumping into the 5th edition of D&D. You can play a full game without ever touching the Player's Handbook, making it a good way to try out the edition before deciding whether or not to buy the core books.
 

Yaztromo

Explorer
3 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

Sara' che sono cresciuto con BECMI, sara' che crescendo ho chiesto ai giochi di essere sempre piu' veloci da preparare e da giocare, lasciandomi il divertimento e qualche spazio alla fantasia, senza annoiarmi con regolamenti tediosissimi e tabelle, ma tutta la produzione di AD&D e delle versioni successive di D&D (incluso Pathfinder) mi hanno spinto con sempre maggior convinzione ad affidarmi ad altri regolamenti, se volevo divertirmi senza per forza perdere un monte di orre per preparare le partite, lanciare un milione di dadi (robe da tunnel carpale fulminante), fare un sacco di calcoli, consultare un sacco di tabelle.... e avere contestazioni continue sull'interpretazione di questa o quella regola.Beh, devo dire che questa versione del regolamento e' un (mezzo) passo indietro in quella che (per me) e' la giusta direzione e l'idea di introdurre basic rules e' quello che ci voleva, ma c'e' ancora parecchia strada da fare prima di tornare a qualcosa di ragionevolmente semplice e rapido da giocare...
 

jadrax

Adventurer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

Ok, it lacks a lot of options, but for the first time ever you can legally sit down and play D&D, from level 1 to 20, with only your printing costs to cover. On top of that, its a really good edition of D&D to boot.
 

chibi graz'zt

First Post
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

And free is a good thing. You can download these rules, which I can then reference on my laptop or iPad at the game table or whereever I go. Easy layout to read, bookmarked with each setion laid out well and free of illustrations to make it easy to navigate. A DM basic rules is also available and both are periodically updated so my Basic Rules are always the latest rules reference.
 


alfarobl

Explorer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

If you like D&D this is perfect free way to play 5e, comes with all the important mechanics. If you have the Starter Set this gives you character creation for it and if you feel like you like this system you have the Players Handbook to expand.
 

Lucas Yew

Explorer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

All in all, just put this in your tablet computer or whatever and enjoy. You'll love this. ...if only we had a OGL or something similar for at least this so we could tinker away without hinders...
 

5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

I really like the way this new version of D&D plays, and to have about a third of the core rules available for free download is excellent. I highly recommend you at least give it a try - what do you have to lose? Be warned, though: the Basic rules may turn out to have a $150 price tag, as you realise you need the 'real thing'.
 


oknazevad

Explorer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

WotC has done something brilliant with this free PDF release: they've literally made the bar for entry to D&D as low as possible. The outright cost for the game is the cost of an Internet connection. The only thing missing is a set of dice. And considering that anyone playing needs others to play with (as table top games are inherently a group experience), chances are someone else in the group already has a set a new player can borrow. As for the system itself, well, it's just the right balance of robust and streamlined. Easy to pick up, but with enough depth to cater to a multitude of play styles. It doesn't really tread new ground in the world of TTRPGs, but it doesn't need to. D&D as a whole began the hobby as we know it, and the 5e system just needed to be a version that captured the essence of the game as it has developed over the four decades it's been around. It does. As someone who has played every version of the game, this feels like D&D, while not getting bogged down in excess minutia that more often act as barriers to entry for new players than really enhance the play experience. This, combined with the literally zero cost of these rules, have made the game the most accessible it has been in decades, maybe ever. WotC got it right!
 

TheSwartz

First Post
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

I really don't know if there is more to say. It's free, it's easy to get online, WotC is keeping it up to date, and it has all the basic stuff you need for a complete and compelling game. It is 5e at it's core, which is awesome. There is really no reason that one could not run full on campaigns with nothing but this and have a really good time. This is 5 stars through and through.
 

Onslaught

Explorer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

I loved D&D 3.0, then 3.5... but when 4E came out I basically stopped playing. D&D 5E is a return to form (of sorts...): the best parts of 3E streamlined with the good ideas that influenced 4E.The game just runs great, Bounded Accuracy makes every class capable of shining during the game, and the Basic Rules give you just enought so you want to buy the real deal.
 

Bassett5876

First Post
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

I have played all editions. This edition is hands down the best combining elements from almost all edition with a few new concepts. if you liked 1st edition through 3.5 then this edition will probably hook you!!!!
 

Onslaught

Explorer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

Well, WotC promissed and edition to bind them all... and here we are.

Bounded accuracy works wonders to make things more balanced, while classes fell special and unique again and DM got change of the game back!
 

BoneMan

Explorer
1 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

I really hate the advantage/disadvantage mechanic. D&D was always a games where you had to use your brain. Now it's not. I guess for the generation of "All Children Left Behind" maybe that is what's needed.
 

pogre

Legend
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

Quick start rules with enough substance to be fun and perhaps the best starting adventure of all time.
 

scourge

Explorer
5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules

I loved the Basic rules before, but the addition of illustrations really puts it over the top. I've printed off several copies and many of my players use the Basic rules alone. Just an excellent resource, and I much appreciate WotC providing them for free.
 

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