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The starter set includes everything you need to get started: dice, basic rules, and an adventure with step by step instructions. Its also fairly reasonable at $23 the dice set alone will run in at about $5 at a hobby shop.
So you played the starter set and loved the game what next?
The three main books of dungeons and dragons for any edition are:
1. The Players Handbook
2. The Dungeon Masters Guide
3. The Monster Manual
With these three books and some dice you literally could get by without every buying another book. These are the core of the game. Now that said there are lots of other things for you to buy if your interested. For a new group I would defiantly recommend a subscription to wizards.com D&D insider. Insider provides you with a host of tools including dungeon magazine which has ready to play adventures. Dragon Magazine which has ideas you can use in your game. It also includes the Character Builder which is an amazing tool for the complicated process of creating characters.
Other value buys:
- Adventurer's Vault 1 & 2 - Includes tons of magic items to make your characters cool
- Monster Manual 2 & 3 - more monsters whats not to love
- The various campaign settings - these are full worlds fleshed out for use, for beginners forgotten realms is often the best buy.
- Dungeon Delve 1 & 2 - Each include about 30 quick encounters that are ready made to play
- Various modules - Modules is what D&D calls premade adventures that you can buy like this
So how much bread is this going to cost me?
well if your careful and watch ebay you can get most of these books for $15-$20 if you want to go with amazon they run about $25 each.
Oh my god I went to ebay and I'm so confused there are tons of different books and they all look different!
Dungeons and dragons is in its fourth edition. Many of the titles of the books have been used in each edition. Here is a visual guide to the editions of the books:
This is the late printing of 2nd edition (1995ish), they moved some stuff around and printed it on glossy paper in color but the rules are essentially the same as the other book. This is the edition I started with and parts of me still love it. Its clunky and not as polished as later editions but you love what you started with. I played this edition all the way through college and skipped the 3rd edition craze all together.
This game seems cool, what about those minis I saw in your pictures the other day?
Minis used to be sold by wizards of the coast, you could get a box of 8 or so random figures and one large figure for about $15. Sadly those days are gone. Wizards discontinued its line of minis about a year ago and they have become very hard to get.
Even commons sell for nearly $1 each with some rare figures going for upwards of $100. Minis are not required to play the game, I played for years with graph paper and a pencil. Other things we used were those little green army men you get at the toy store, pennies, and glass beads. Really anything that can represent a player can be used its not that important that they look like your character. There are other options for fantasy miniatures the mage knight click game has some nice figures a few years ago, I don't know how much they run these days but that's an option. If you played hero clicks and don't mind using superman for your guy that's also an option.
Whats with the dice in this game?
Dungeons and dragons uses polyhedral dice in the values of 4,6,8,12, and 20. you can find these fairly easy online for relativity cheap especially if you like to buy in bulk. If you just want a single set you can usually find them for around $5.
If you have any further questions leave them in the comments section below and I'll try to address them in a future post. Thanks for reading!