The new D&D Starter Set has been released, providing a simple entry into the world of D&D for new or lapsed player, and coincidentally, making a great gift in time for the holidays. (If I had young relatives who were interested in D&D, I’d definitely get one of these for them.)
According to the Previews column, the set contains:
- A 16-page Quick Start Rules booklet
- A 64-page Dungeon Master’s Book
- 3 sheets of double-sided Dungeon Tiles
- 50 tokens, to represent characters and monsters
- And of course, a set of 6-dice
The DM’s book contains not only quick start rules for a new Dungeon Master to get up and running, but also stats for a suite of monsters appropriate to lower-level play, as well as the short adventure: Beneath the Village of Harken.
According to someone on ENWorld that has received his copy, the rules introduction is almost word for word from the Keep on the Shadowfell introductory rules, and the characters are similar as well. The Dungeon Tiles are from the Halls of the Giant King set, so if you’re looking for new tiles, you won’t find them there.
However, it sounds like there’s a good monster selection in the tokens, with each one being double-sided so there are plenty of different monsters to choose from. The token stock sounds like it’s the same as the Dungeon Tiles, making them pretty darn sturdy. And they wisely chose to include a Gelatinous Cube, since that’s the only monster you’ll ever need.