how to get into Dungeons & Dragons in 2022?

DND. Have you been wanting to try your hand at Dungeons and Dragons role-playing since you watched Stranger Things? Here’s everything you need to know to get started in 2022.

Will and Dustin’s gang from Stranger Things piqued your interest in D&D roleplaying? Do you dream of joining Eddie Munson’s Hellfire Club? You are not alone. The series of the Duffer brothers participated in the arrival of a new wave of players of Dungeons and Dragons (or Dungeons & Dragons in original version). In this tabletop role-playing game, players embody adventurers who explore dungeons, fight all kinds of fantastical creatures (including dragons, of course) using magical powers or medieval weapons, all under the guidance of the game master whose role is to play the non-player characters and organize the adventure itself. D&D revolves around three pillars: exploration of a fantastic universe, combat with hostile creatures, and social interactions between players and the characters embodied by the game master. may seem difficult to access but rest assured, this article is designed to help you take your first steps in the most famous role-playing game in the world. In particular, we will list the best ways to start smoothly as well as the essential equipment to continue if you like this hobby and, finally, other solutions to go further.

At first glance, getting into a role-playing game like Dungeons and Dragons may seem unattainable. Don’t worry, Wizards of the Coast has thought of new players and now offers very simple and often inexpensive entry points in the form of starter kits. The latest is simply called “Dungeons & Dragons: The Basics“. It includes everything you might need to get started in the game: the basic rules of the game, dice, cards, but also an adventure booklet for the game master. In this campaign containing a dozen quests, up to 5 adventurers will discover the region of Phandaline and try to rid it of the threat of a white dragon.This initiation kit is sold for just under 20€.A quite affordable price given the substantial hardware offered. This is the ideal (and cheapest) solution to get started in D&D and test whether you like role-playing games. Note that a new initiation box – entitled “The Dragons of the ‘Île aux Tempêtes’ – is scheduled for release in France on October 4. It should adopt more or less the same presentation.

The essential books to play D&D

You have taken your first steps in the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game and you want to go further? Or do you prefer to launch directly into a campaign of your own creation? Three books are absolutely essential to play D&D if you want to skip the initiation book or go further after finishing the included mini-campaign. the Players Handbook is intended for all players as well as game masters. It includes the rules of the game but also everything you need to create your characters, from their species to their class, including their equipment. More importantly, the Player’s Handbook contains everything you need to evolve your characters as they gain experience and therefore skills.

The Master’s Manual and the Monster Manual are for dungeon masters. In the master’s manualyou will find many tips on how to run a game of D&D but also help to create your own campaigns, quests and adventures. The Monster Manual brings together many resources presenting dozens of the most common Dungeons & Dragons monsters, their attributes and their particular rules. Finally, note that the three books can also be purchased in a gift box which also includes a screen for the master of the dungeon.

What books to go further and enjoy D&D even more?

There are many books to further develop your possibilities as Dungeons & Dragons players or as a master of the game. To expand the field of possibilities in the creation of your characters or your adventures, we advise you to look into The Complete Guide to Xanathar and Tasha’s Cauldron of Wonders (coming July 12). Both notably add additional archetypes for the existing classes of the game but also many customization options for your characters. And to open up your role-playing games to more horrific worlds, it’s Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft that you need to be interested in.

The Complete Guide to Xanathar gives players plenty of new options to further customize their heroes. The usual D&D classes all receive new archetypes, thus allowing to vary the pleasures even more for veteran players but also for players looking to create characters a little different from the great classics. The book also offers many random tables aimed at quickly creating a history for your character. The Complete Guide to Xanathar also adds dozens of additional spells for magic users. As usual, a section of the book is entirely dedicated to game masters who will be particularly interested in the random encounter tables. A perfect tool to find opponents quickly for its players, regardless of the region they are exploring.

Tasha’s Cauldron of Wonders is also a gold mine for players looking to customize their characters differently. There are new archetypes for all character classes but also a brand new class: that of the artificer, capable of using magic in all ingenuity whether in the field of alchemy or even artillery. . On the side of the tools for the attention of the master of the dungeon, the book is interested in particular in the patrons who can afford the services of the heroes but also in the way in which it is possible to personalize spells. Many new spells and magic items are also to be discovered in Tasha’s Cauldron of Wonders. Finally, note that a section of the book is dedicated to the creation by the master of the dungeon of puzzles capable of making the group of players think. Enough to allow a welcome break between the various fights and explorations of dungeons!

As to Guide de Van Richten sur Ravenloft, he is interested – among other things – in the darker confines of the Multiverse and offers players and game masters the opportunity to immerse themselves in the horrific lands of Ravenloft. In particular, players will find three new types of heroes (the dhampire, the gallbladder and the risen) to create very different characters. Game masters, on the other hand, will be interested in the mountain of content relating to creating adventures within the different domains of Ravenloft or even creating their own. They will find plenty of resources dealing with the different domains of Ravenloft, including that of Barovia where Strahd is rampant, but also dozens of new monsters to include in their bestiary, including, among others, the vampiric mind flayer! An essential supplement for those who like to scare themselves.

What hardware do you need to play D&D?

As a tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons requires few essential materials outside something to take notes. You will therefore need to bring pens or pencils and sheets of paper or a notebook. For some players, these notes help them remember the details of their adventures. It is also recommended that each player have their own set of dice. These dice are a little more special than the simple 6-sided dice of the usual board games. It is the 20-sided die (the famous d20) that will be used the most, but it is advisable to have a complete set of dice including a d20, a d12, a d10, a d8, a d6 and a d4. One die of each type is a minimum. With time and experience you will find that having two d20s and several d10s, d8s and d6s can be useful. Some players also like to have custom dice. There are many possibilities in this area and this for all prices.

Not satisfied yet and want even more D&D in your life? Know that Wizards of the Coast, which has been republishing its books in French since 2021, intends to extend its range in France with two releases for the end of the year. The book “Monsters of the Multiverse” (to be released on September 13) includes more than 250 additional monsters for even more variety in your games but also more than 30 playable species for your characters in addition to the Player’s Handbook. A must for those who want even more variety in their games of Dungeons & Dragons. Also, watch closely for the arrival of the campaign book “The Curse of Strahd” (to be released on October 25). This is an adventure designed for characters of levels 1 to 10 in a fantastic and horrifying atmosphere. This adventure is considered by most members of the D&D community as one of the of the best releases to date.

Is it possible to play D&D on the internet?

Your player friends are not available to come and play around a table? Never mind ! It is quite possible to enjoy a game of Dungeons and Dragons on the internet via video conferencing software such as Zoom, Skype or Google Meets. Online resources also allow you to track your character’s progress (and even roll virtual dice) directly in a web browser. We will think of the official D&D Beyond solution unfortunately still not available in French. For the most seasoned amateurs, it is also possible to turn to all-in-one solutions allowing to simulate the game board. We will advise you for example Roll20, The Forge or Fantasy Grounds. However, fluency in English is strongly recommended.

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