The Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set is the perfect way to get accustomed to Dungeons and Dragons, It teaches you exactly how to play and despite being released in 2014, it’s still as relevant as ever! Let’s review this useful and practical set in more detail
As, ideally, the first introduction to Dungeons & Dragons for new players and would-be dungeon masters, the expectations for the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set were pretty high.
But I have to say, it definitely delivers.
The set contains a set of dice, two booklets (a D&D Rulebook and an Adventure guide called The Lost Mine of Phandelver), and five ready to play characters. The rule book is 32 pages while the adventure one is 64 pages long, which is pretty good.
Dungeons & Dragons is an intimidating game especially for new players, so the starter set gets an extra point for laying out the rules in a newbie-friendly manner.
The adventure is placed in a village within the Forgotten Realms and while the beginning feels a bit generic for my taste, the adventure ends up quite nicely. The first few chapters allow players to get familiar with their characters mentality and behavior, within the plot, there’s an intricately woven net of relationships and motives between the players and the town’s people. There are enough details given about the area and its people to feel comfortable in the setting. Even if you decide not to follow the storyline entirely, the adventure gives you enough control to choose beyond the given story, the detailed information lets you create a deeply layered world so your imagination can run pretty wild.
The ready to play characters in the starter set includes a human with a noble background, a hill dwarf with the background of a soldier, a lightfoot halfling with a criminal background, a high elf with an acolyte background, and another human but this one has the background of a folk hero.
People question the practicality of including the ready-made characters, after all crafting your own characters and backstory is one of the most satisfying parts, but the usefulness of the character sheets is actually what would attract new players because figuring out stats and traits for new characters is a tedious process. Most newbies would get bored before they even started playing the game, it would definitely be a turn-off, so giving the option of avoiding it entirely was a good idea.
Furthermore, the rules are relatively simple and easy to comprehend, its interesting to note that the Minor, Move, and Standard actions are gone and replaced with an uncomplicated Move and Action system, and the advantage and disadvantage mechanics are an excellent surprise.
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In conclusion, The Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set is a great way to get introduced to Dungeons and Dragons. Although a difficult task, the set keeps it interesting by adding something new for old players while still making it simple enough with a touch of mystery so new players will want to play further! However, if there were a few posters and handouts included, that would have been a cherry on top of this delicious cake. If you're a gamer who has been wanting to join D&D this is the best way to start, The Dungeons and Dragons Starter Set is unquestionably a ton of fun and I recommend it to everyone, old veterans and new player alike.