May 29

Basic Dungeons and Dragons for free


Basic Dungeons & Dragons for freeYes you’ve heard it right. Mike Mearls announced in the Legends & Lore section that Wizards of the Coast would offer Basic Dungeons and Dragons for free.

Basic D&D will be a free pdf that covers the core of the game. It will allow you to run characters from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard classes in addition to the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options.

“If Basic D&D is the equivalent of the classic Rules Cyclopedia, then the three core rulebooks are analogous to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Want more character options? Pick up a Player’s Handbook. Looking for more critters for your campaign? The Monster Manual has you covered. Want to sculpt a unique campaign? Pick up the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Still, Basic D&D is the true heart of the game and could easily provide a lifetime of gaming.” according to Mearls.

As new storylines are introduced, Wizards will also release free PDFs that provide all the rules and stats missing from Basic D&D needed to run the adventures tied into the story.

With just the Basic Dungeons & Dragons rules, you can play D&D for years.


About the author

Ralph is a gamer, dungeon master, Youtuber, and RPG collector who's incredibly passionate about roleplaying games. Coming from a computer roleplaying game background, he discovered tabletop roleplaying games at GenCon Benelux and a whole new world opened up. When he was properly introduced to them in a local gaming store, he knew he had found the best game ever!

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