Wizards of the Coast has made a decision that I would never have expected, but it’s also the sort of thing I think we need to see more of. With the release dates for D&D Next written on many a calendar they’ve also announced the release of what’s being called Basic D&D. Similar to the D&D Rules Cyclopedia this is a free PDF that provides everything players will need in order to create and play with characters of certain classes and up to a certain level. The included classes are the cleric, wizard, fighter, and rogue and they can be advanced up to level 20 using D&D Basic. This is the perfect way to get people who are interested in the game to give it a try without asking them to lay down any cash! It is worth noting that after the release of the new D&D Starter Set D&D Basic will receive a few additions including: additional monsters, magical items, DM rules for running a game, and rules for different campaign environments. In all honesty I’d probably wait for the updated version to be finalized before downloading it, as that seems like it’s going to have a lot more information.
That DnD Podcast
My friend Chris has started recording a podcast of his own, it’s a live play D&D 4th Edition podcast which he GMs. At the moment the podcast episodes feature the creation of the characters who will be taking part in the campaign, so it’s a bit like that song “Getting to Know You” from The King and I. Only instead of a teacher and some little kids there’s a DM and a changeling barbarian, an Eladrin who can’t choose a career path, and a gnome warlock. Chris is a very talented tabletop player and I know his podcast is going to go well, hopefully a few of our readers will check it out.
Lego X-Men Mansion
I spotted this amazing Lego version of the X-Men’s mansion on Twitter earlier today and my first though, aside from worrying over how many hours it’d take to build, was that this would be an amazing tool to employ in a tabletop game. If you’re playing out a sort of dungeon crawl through the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters short of building one yourself I don’t think you’ll find anything better than this. It has everything from the Danger Room to Beast’s laboratory and there are so many character figures included it is unbelievable.