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The D&D Essentials Kit .
D&D Essentials Kit
This brand-new boxed set is more than just a second Starter Set—though it certainly is that, too. The D&D Essentials Kit is “A newly designed rulebook [which] on-boards players by teaching them how to make characters,” and will be the ideal resource for brand-new players and DMs. A full five years will have passed between the release of the original Starter Set and the release of the new D&D Essentials Kit, giving its creators five years of lessons learned to make the new player experience the best it can possibly be. These days, many new D&D players learn the basics of the game from watching streams like Critical Role; will this boxed set include video tutorials in addition to its starter rulebook?
The Essentials Kit also includes a condensed, 64-page rulebook that helps players create characters of levels 1 through 6, using the core four classes (cleric, fighter, rogue, wizard) and the bard. It also includes a new adventure written by Chris Perkins entitled Dragon of Icespire Peak, which contains enough adventure to bring a new D&D party from level 1 to 6. This adventure comes complete with a poster map of Phandalin (the adventure’s setting) and the surrounding environs, as well as an entire deck of magic items, conditions, quests, creatures, and so forth that appear in the adventure, as well as combat cheat sheets. A DM screen with brand-new art, as well as a set of “cherry lozenge red” dice, complete with two d20s and four d6s for rolling stats (and casting guiding bolt and making sneak attacks).
Notably, the adventure also includes a new “1-on-1 rules variant,” which transforms D&D into a single-player adventure with just you and your DM. By using “Sidekick Rules” first introduced in Unearthed Arcana, a single player can control their own character, plus one or several sidekicks. This sort of single-player party play harkens back to classic D&D video games like, say, Baldur’s Gate. This boxed set will cost $24.99 and releases in Target stores in North America on June 24th, 2019, and everywhere else on September 3rd.