Memorial Day weekend essentially means summer is here, and after all your delicious BBQs, drinks of choice, lawn games and whatever crazy dancing you may or may not throw in, it’s also a great time of year to try some new things, including new games or returning to some gaming passions you’ve taken a break from.
Now that D&D 4th edition has been out a few years, if you have some friends you’d like to introduce to D&D 4e or want to start a new playgroup of your own or simply get everybody together again and relaunch one, it can be a little daunting or unclear as far as how to start, what to buy, and where to buy it.
Want some help? Here’s a few quick and simple lists:
What to Buy
For a single new player or a player returning from a break:
For a brand new playgroup getting into D&D today or a relaunching group after a break, I’d recommend a mix of older and newer stuff:
1) D&D Red Box
2) The 2 Essentials Player’s Guides (or, PHB, PHB2 and PHB3)
3) Essentials Rules Compendium
4) DM’s Kit and DMG2 (or, DM’s Kit, DMG and DMG2)
5) Monster Vault and MM3 (or Monster Vault, MM, MM2 and MM3)
And at the table, for rules and rule books you and your playgroup only really need:
1) Rules Compendium (multiple copies encouraged, one per player and DM)
2) Deluxe Dungeon Master’s Screen (one or two, depending on your table space and style for however many DMs your group might have or rotate)
Honorable Mention? Either at the table or especially between sessions, it’s hard to beat the value of being a D&D Insider too. For a small monthly fee, you get some great digital tools, plus other great perks, like some insider-only articles from Dragon and Dungeon magazines, preview content or tools, and more. If you love the digital age as much as I do though, being a D&D Insider goes well beyond an honorable mention!
Note: On the lists above, I’d rate the “or” options as either even or only slightly less desirable, though first listed options will generally save you more money.
Where to Buy
Amazon is usually an excellent place to find D&D products at often greatly discounted prices and has been for many years and editions.
Finding books in big bookstores or hobby or entertainment stores is hit or miss in my experience. Sometimes Borders bookstores has things, though their selection isn’t great from what I’ve seen. Some Newbury Comics stores have now really upped their D&D product selection in recent years.
Now that you’ve ordered or have everything you need, read up or just go play!
Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!