- Category: Reviews
- Published: Friday, 08 September 2017 17:36
- Written by Nick Niotis
Dungeons and Dragons is a very well known title that has known huge success and has been a reference point for many years to all role playing and fantasy games.
In case you are new to Pen and Paper RPGs and what to try Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, there is a starter set all ready for you, so you can just dive in the roleplaying part, no fuss.
5 ready-made characters: In the starter set you will find 5 ready-made characters (Dwarf Cleric, Elf Wizard, Halfling Rogue and 2 Human Fighters) each of which has its own character sheet with various features and equipment, while they also have a unique background.
Rulebook: In the starter set you will also find a 32-page rule book, divided into 4 chapters (How to play, Combat, Adventuring, and Spellcasting), which describes the basic features and rules of the game. In the starter set, you can't create your own character, since there is no such chapter in the rulebook.
Adventure Book: The second book you'll find in the starter set is the 63-page adventure book, Lost Mine of Phandelver. This adventure is designed for 4-5 first level characters and is great as an introduction to the D&D world, as well as for older players to get to know the new version. This story takes place in the famous world of Forgoten Realms and players start their adventure from the famous town of Neverwinter, while it is worth noting that the story comes in complete harmony with the background of the 5 ready-made characters included in the starter set.
6 Dice: Finally, in the starter set you will find 6 blue dice, 1 d4, 1 d6, 1 d8, 1 d10, 1 d12 and of course 1 d20 .
This new edition of D&D is characterized by two key elements. First, it has a very simplified and clear system of rules and mechanisms. Second, a lot of attention is given to the actual role playing element.
A great new feature is the advantage / disadvantage mechanism, which simplifies and speeds up the game a lot, as you will no longer need to look at huge tables to sum up the various coefficients depending on the situation. Instead there are three cases, you are either in advantage, so you roll 2 d20 and you keep the bigger roll, or you are in a disadvantage so you roll 2 d20 and you keep the smallerst roll, or none of the two, so you roll 1 d20
Finally, another key feature of this new edition is the fact that the characteristics and attributes of your character are no longer determined by race, class and background. Although, as already mentioned, there is no character-creation chapter in the rulebook, so we have not yet seen rules related to this element, judging from the characteristics of the starter set's characters, it is evident that the choice of the background of each character will play an important role in its configuration.