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Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set (D&D Introductory Game) Book Supplement – October 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: D&D Introductory Game
  • Misc. Supplies
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Box Pck edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786948205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786948208
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

And this makes a great gift for someone that might like D&D!
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You also get 3 sheets of Dungeon tiles and 1 sheet of Tokens, all made of very thick glossy cardboard and very nicely illustrated.
gamegnome
The game seems overly complex, but I think we can handle that.
Frederick J. Haab

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By L. R. Steventon on November 29, 2008
If you are new to 4th Edition, or new to Dungeons & Dragons entirely, and are hesitating to invest in the books -- I actually recommend starting with the module that Wizards of the Coast released before any of the books, and before the Starter Set -- It's called Keep on the Shadowfell (Dungeons & Dragons, Adventure H1), and it's a module for first to third level characters. Because it was released before any of the other materials, it has all of the Quick Start rules that make it a stand-alone product, and has the versatility of being an enjoyable module in tandem with other books (Player's Handbook, Adventurer's Vault, Martial Power, Dungeon Master's Guide, etc.) should you decide to go ahead and purchase them later.

That said, if you are new to roleplaying games altogether, there are probably things for you in the Starter Set that wouldn't be in Keep on the Shadowfell. I've just been helping people get into 4th Ed. since before the Starter Set existed, and wanted to share the Keep on the Shadowfell option with the Amazon crowd.

- L. R. Steventon
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2008
The Starter Set is specifically designed as an introduction to 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons for new players. It contains everything you need to learn the basic rules of the game and play a session or two with pregenerated characters. By the time you have played a few sessions, you will probably be ready to pick up the Player's Handbook and create your own characters.

What's in the Box?

- 16-page Quick-Start Rules book
- 64-page Dungeon Master's book
- 3 sheets of Dungeon Tiles
- 1 sheet of character and monster tokens
- A set of six polyhedral dice

The Box Itself

Let me rant for a minute about boxes. I really like good game boxes because you can chuck all kinds of goodies in them like dice, miniatures, pencils, etc. The boxes for both versions of the 3rd Edition D&D Basic Game were a little big, but sturdy. The box for the Starter Set sucks. It's not really a box at all. You just get a thin, outer `shell' with a cardboard liner to give it some stiffness. It is not useful at all for future storage of the Dungeon Tiles, tokens or dice that you get in the set. I give it a D-.

Quick-Start Rules Book

This is a very quick and dirty introduction to the rules. The booklet does a pretty decent job of covering the game's major concepts in a short span of six pages. The focus is on the game's tactical elements - movement and combat. The rest of the book's 16 pages are taken up by five sample characters; a Dwarf Fighter, a Halfling Rogue, an Eladrin Wizard, a Human Cleric and a Dragonborn Paladin. Each includes enough information to advance the character up to 3rd level. Unfortunately, there is basically no advice on actually playing a character; just the nuts and bolts of how to move and fight.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By AethelwulfKing on November 17, 2008
Note: this is a STARTER set not a BASIC set for those of you old enough to remember the pre 3rd ed days...in other words it will get a group started (and with a bit of work on the new DMs part will take a group to the end of 3rd level) but it is not supposed to be a self contained game and you will need to eventually get the core books.

This is a GREAT product for a new group or a player who wants to have a go at DMing.

It consists of 16 page Players Quickstart Rules booklet. This is divided into a good 6 page overview of the mechanics of the game and a how-to-play with the final 10 pages devoted to 5 pre-generated characters so the players can jump right in.

The real beauty of this product is in the 62 page Dungeon Master's book. This is roughly divided into a 33 page Dungeon Master Quickstart Rules which includes a short 7 page introductory adventure and a 29 page Monster Manual. This booklet really breaks down the basics of running a game in an easy to understand format and provides the basics for creating your own adventures/dungeons or adding to the existing adventure. The adventure is a simple mini-dungeon crawl which is made easy to run whilst at the same time giving the new DM the chance to get a feel for running the game (and the players a great introduction to the game). It will, perhaps, take the players to 2nd level. There is the option to easily expand this adventure using just the DMs booklet or to slot this adventure into the H1-3 series of published adventures. Finally, the monster section details about 60 of the most classic monsters for low-level adventures.

Finally, there are over 50 monster and character tokens and a selection of dungeon tiles that are provided for the introductory adventure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2009
This starter kit comes with everything you need to start playing D&D and for the money, it's the best "first D&D" purchase. The only complaint I've heard from D&D players is that the kit doesn't contain the rules allowing you to generate a character and thus you are limited to the 5 characters provided. To work around this, just search for the D&D character generator and download the demo from the Wizards of the Coast website. This lets you generate new characters of level 1-3 without any rule books.

And this makes a great gift for someone that might like D&D!
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