With Dungeons & Dragons celebrating its 40th anniversary this year we had some high hopes for what would be released. Wizards of the Coast has revealed the covers and release dates for not only the next editions core books, but the adventures and miniatures as well:
- Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (July 15, 2014); Fantasy Roleplaying Fundamentals; $19.99; Will include six dice, a 64-page rulebook with adventure, rules for characters levels 1-5, and 5 pregenerated characters.
- Player’s Handbook (August 19, 2014); Core Rulebook; $49.95; Looks like the same book it has always been – learn the game’s systems from it, but it includes only basic rules.
- Hoard of the Dragon Queen (August 19, 2014); Tyranny of Dragons Adventure; $29.95; The first of the Tyranny of Dragons adventures, looks like the kickoff of the big event at 96 pages. The Amazon listing says that this one was designed and developed by Kobold Press, a third party firm.
- Monster Manual (September 17, 2014); Core Rulebook $49.95; Bills its game statistics as “easy to use” and is supposedly full of “thrilling stories to feed your imagination” – same old, same old with a chance of increased game fluff.
- The Rise of Tiamat (October 21, 2014); Tyranny of Dragons Adventure $29.95; Looks like the battle against Tiamat will become “increasingly political” – which would be an interesting twist for a second game adventure. Also designed by Kobold Press.
- Dungeon Master’s Guide (November 18, 2014); Core Rulebook $49.95; Full of “inspiration and guidance” as well as the optional rules modules we’ve been hearing so much about, as well as all the magic items – so not an optional book at all.
- Deluxe DM Screen (January 20, 2015); $14.95; This one is listed at Amazon without details and not yet listed by Wizards.
- Icons of the Realms: Starter Set (July 14, 2014); Miniatures; $19.99; Described as a starter pack and clearly including figures intended as adventurers. Described as including “the dwarf cleric, human ranger, halfling rouge[sic], northlands fighter, elf wizard, and the famous drow ranger, Drizzt Do’Urden.”
- Icons of the Realms: Booster (July, 2014); Miniatures; $15.99; A box of four blind miniatures “inspired by the Tyranny of Dragons storyline” and almost definitely catered to go alongside the starter set and first adventures including “dragons, kobold fighters, bugbears, wraiths, mind flayers, and many more iconic D&D characters.”