Unless you have been living under the gaming equivalent of a rock on Mars you would be aware that a new edition of the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game is on the cusp of being released. Part of their development of this edition of the game has been the announcement that they will be releasing a basic version of the game for free as a downloadable PDF. Well, today they made good on their promise.
In the Basic D&D PDF (over 110 pages) you can find levels 1 to 20 for the wizard, cleric, rogue and fighter, race descriptions for Human, Dwarf, Halfling and Elf, equipment, spells, etc. Truly enough to get anyone started in the hobby. It is interesting to note that they have talked about a ‘living’ rules set, meaning that they will try to adjust the game based on feedback in real time. The rules reflect this with a Version 0.1 on the front cover.
There is very little here in terms of games mastering. You won’t find any monster lists or anything like that. However, the stats for monsters, etc, will be made available in the free introductory modules for the game starting with the Tyranny of Dragons event.
Available for pre-order are the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (available today in some stores or July 15th), Player’s Handbook (available August 19th), Monster Manual (available September 30th) and Dungeon Master’s Guide (available November 18th).
What are your thoughts about the basic version of D&D being released for free or the idea of the Living Ruleset?