Up here in Canada I received the D&D 5th Edition Starter Set a little early in my mailbox today!
The final rules are great and I can’t wait to move from 4th edition to 5th edition. Overall, the lack of tokens or a folded map/playmat is a little bit of a downgrade vs. the Red Box or Pathfinder’s excellent Beginner Box. The dice are nice and are a near match to my 4th edition Dungeon & Dragons Essentials game dice. The character classes no longer feel like flavors that are forced to be perfectly balanced and match up ability for ability. Thieves are nimble and operate from the shadows. Warriors are strong with weapons and spend/recover more hit points. Wizards and clerics cast cantrips and level spells. The backgrounds are pretty cool too, but lots of DMs/GMs were already doing that – just nice to see roleplaying being pushed from the start.
If you want to know what the set has… I have partial spoilers.
Visit this blog post by Mike Mearls to see the complete list of spells in the upcoming Basic Rules. The Starter Set Rulebook has less rules as it only goes to level 5, so it has a much shorter list. See photo taken from the set below.
- +1 Armor
- +1 Weapon
- Boots of Striding and Springing
- Gauntlets of Ogre Power
- Potions of Flying, Healing, Invisibility, Vitality
- Ring of Protection
- Spell Scroll
- Spider Staff
- Staff of Defense
- Wand of Magic Missles
This is a pretty good selection with lots of variety on challenge level. I have excluded the important NPC characters.
- Evil Mage
- Giant SPider
- Ochre Jelly
- [NAME HIDDEN] Ruffian
- Twig Blight
- Young Green Dragon (see cover for spoiler)