D&D 5E Why I'm Buying the Starter Set

Already pre-ordered. Though I doubt they did it, it'd be pretty slick if they provided race options (human, elf, dwarf, halfling) for each pre-generated core class (fighter, mage, cleric, rogue). Not highly likely with the 5 pre-gens, but one can hope! The mechanical alterations for each is fairly minimal, so it could potentially work. Well, I'm sure something similar will pop up online after release.
 

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exile

First Post
The more I hear about the starter set, the less convinced I am that it is what I had hoped it would be. That said, I'll buy it if only to flip through it and look at the art.
 

MrWildman

Explorer
Well, July 15th just happens to be my birthday (turning 48, where does the time go?), so I'm hoping my friends will pick up on my increasingly obvious hints about what would be a good present.

And if it turns out nobody gets it for me, I figure I'll just head over to my FLGS and pick it up myself. I love the idea of celebrating my birthday by DMing the new edition of D&D for my friends, some of whom have never gamed before...

Bwa-ha-ha-haa!
 

MerricB

Eternal Optimist
Already pre-ordered. Though I doubt they did it, it'd be pretty slick if they provided race options (human, elf, dwarf, halfling) for each pre-generated core class (fighter, mage, cleric, rogue). Not highly likely with the 5 pre-gens, but one can hope! The mechanical alterations for each is fairly minimal, so it could potentially work. Well, I'm sure something similar will pop up online after release.

It's quite likely that the pregens are as follows:
Dwarf Cleric
Human Ranger
Halfling Rogue
Northlands (Human) Fighter
Elf Wizard

Why? They're the minis in the Starter Set from WizKids. :)

Cheers!
 


Li Shenron

Legend
Already pre-ordered. Though I doubt they did it, it'd be pretty slick if they provided race options (human, elf, dwarf, halfling) for each pre-generated core class (fighter, mage, cleric, rogue).

They won't, but it would have been really easy to do so. Without much fluff text, the four races (fixed subrace) could take up 1 page.
 

manuzed78

First Post
Except the fact that the starter set is coming on july, before the first Core,
is there another reason to buy it ?

I mean, if you have the PhB, what brings the starter set?
I m afraid to buy it for just a month and just leave it in my library for ever.
 

Connorsrpg

Adventurer
I don't normally buy these sorts of things at all, but seems this is mainly directed to the DM I think I will this time. Even just for the adventure and to see how things work. $20 isn't too bad for a decent adventure and an early look at PCs etc.

I am actually glad it doesn't have too much character gen stuff that will be obsolete as soon as PHB is out.
 


Doc_Klueless

Doors and Corners
I'm buying it because I'm looking forward to breaking my daughter into D&D. We tried 4e, but she just didn't like it (and I didn't particularly like running it). It's possible that the reason she didn't like it is because we'd primarily been playing Savage Worlds at that point and there were just too many moving bits in 4e. Too much to keep track of with Dailies and such along with multiple conditions.

A simpler D&D that reflects more of my childhood is a good reason for me to buy it also.

But what it ACTUALLY boils down to is... I make good money. I have it to spend. I want the new D&D stuff as soon as possible. I hate to wait. I like to type in short sentences. Uh...

Plus I'm just excited to give D&D another run.
 

Doc_Klueless

Doors and Corners
The adventure might be a good reason, but otherwise things work almost exactly as they did in the last playtest packet :)
Unfortunately, I missed the last playtest packet. I was a little bummed out on not knowing WHEN D&D was going to be released, so I skipped it like a spoiled child having a tantrum. :lol:
 

GMMichael

Guide of Modos
But what it ACTUALLY boils down to is... I make good money. I have it to spend. I want the new D&D stuff as soon as possible. I hate to wait. I like to type in short sentences. Uh...

This is also to what WotC wants it to boil down.

I'll be buying the 5e Starter Set when:

- I've played a game of 5e that was slightly less than frustrating
- it appears on the shelves of my local used-goods store
- I can't be there to DM for my nephew across the U.S., and it's time for him to start roleplaying.

Does anyone remember the good ol' days of Forry? :]
 

am181d

Adventurer
I don't buy crippleware. That's a slimy move on the part of WotC.

It's a 5 level adventure for 1 DM and up to 5 players that will take 30+ hours to play out and costs $20. (Or a little less on Amazon.) Even at the most conservative, that's about 11 cents an hour per player.

On top of that, they're making additional content available online.

That's hardly "slimy".
 

It's a 5 level adventure for 1 DM and up to 5 players that will take 30+ hours to play out and costs $20. (Or a little less on Amazon.) Even at the most conservative, that's about 11 cents an hour per player.

On top of that, they're making additional content available online.

That's hardly "slimy".

It's already down to roughly $13 on Amazon -- I'd say not "slimy" at all...
 

Nikosandros

Golden Procrastinator
Indeed. $20 (retail price) for an adventure, plus rules and pregens, is very far from crippleware in my mind. If you add the fact that you'll get character generation rules for free online, I really can't see this as a "slimy" move...
 

GX.Sigma

Adventurer
Yeah, I think a lot of the "crippleware" complaints disappear when you understand what the product actually is and isn't. It is a self-contained D&D experience. It isn't a full D&D basic game.

If what you wanted was a full D&D basic game, then the good news is it'll be free online. I can absolutely empathize with those who want the basic game to be available as a physical product. I hope that happens someday. But that's not what this is.
 

Uller

Adventurer
Unfortunately, I missed the last playtest packet. I was a little bummed out on not knowing WHEN D&D was going to be released, so I skipped it like a spoiled child having a tantrum. :lol:

I think Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle on DnDClassics has all the relevant rules from the latest playtest packet. I've been running a group through it. Yesterday (SPOILERS!!!) one of them got separated from the group, triggered an attack by a medusa and a golem on the rest of party and then got turned to stone by the medusa as it fled...then a little while later...they spotted a Lurker on the ceiling of a passage to their right so they looked up at the ceiling of the passage to the left and didn't see anything that way so left they went...and got attacked by a trapper...oh god I was laughing...
 

Kinak

First Post
Yeah, I think a lot of the "crippleware" complaints disappear when you understand what the product actually is and isn't. It is a self-contained D&D experience. It isn't a full D&D basic game.
I also hope that terminology goes away soon, but it seems like it's mostly a complaint by people who were expecting a full D&D basic game.

So I don't think it's a question of understanding. If people didn't understand they aren't getting a basic boxed set, they wouldn't be complaining. The complaints will taper off as people, myself very much included here, accept they aren't getting what they want.

If what you wanted was a full D&D basic game, then the good news is it'll be free online. I can absolutely empathize with those who want the basic game to be available as a physical product. I hope that happens someday. But that's not what this is.
Do we actually know the full D&D basic game will be free online? All I've heard so far is the character creation stuff.

A full basic game PDF would be nice for me, because I'd like to read it, but wouldn't do anything for my group.

Cheers!
Kinak
 

Tequila Sunrise

Adventurer
Also, since the DMG won't be out until Nov...
Holy cow, that's...I don't even...I feel so sorry for everyone who's excited about 5e! I know that the PHB is all that one supposedly needs to 'run a full campaign,' but this release schedule is just asinine.

Has WotC claimed some sort of pretense for releasing the core books months apart, or is it just a bald attempt to make as much money from the starter set as possible before releasing the full game?
 

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