D&D Basic is free, so how can I ask for more? -
Mike Mearls revealed today that Basic D&D will be a freely downloadable PDF. This is big news. I thought it was genius when during the fourth edition Wizards of the Coast made the Keep on the Shadowfell module alongside the standalone character generator (which allowed you to create characters of levels 1-3 without a D&D Insider subscription) free downloads on their website. It was a great gateway into the new edition for those who wanted to give it a try but weren’t ready to plunk down $35 a piece on the 4e Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide and Monster Manual.
Obviously providing Basic D&D as a freely downloadable PDF is an even bigger deal. According to Mearls’ post, “It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options.” Frankly, this is awesome. It really lowers the barrier to entry for those that are even vaguely curious about the fifth edition. When the price is free, if you are at all curious there is no real reason not to try it out!
So why am I disappointed about this?
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