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5th Edition D&D – For Free


I am very pleased, and presently surprised, at Wizards of the Coast releasing the core rules for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons as a free PDF download. They are calling this “Basic Rules for D&D” and it is scheduled for release on July 3, the same day as the release of the Starter Set.

Mike Mearls said on “Legends & Lore” today, “For the D&D basic rules, our initial release will include character creation. It features the human, elf, dwarf, and halfling for races, along with the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard classes, all from 1st level to 20th level. As the Monster Manual and Dungeon Master’s Guide near completion, we’ll add to the basic rules with more material to grow it into a complete game. Our goal is to continue to make updates to the basic rules for D&D until the end of the year, at which point it will be feature complete.” (Read “A Bit More on the Basic Rules for D&D” here.)

So we will have to wait until the end of the year for the full version that will include more monsters and more information on running your own campaign.  I can hardly wait to download this.


3 responses to “5th Edition D&D – For Free

  1. Jack September 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    hey I just want to be able to level up my monsters for my campain any rules out there for that? I already got the newest mm

    • Ronny September 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      Need more info!
      I am guessing that you have a campaign that you created using D&D3.5 rules and are now playing it, or want to play it, using D&D5e rules and need to convert the monsters to 5E. Is this correct, or am I completely misunderstanding your question? What exactly do you mean by “level up my monsters”?

  2. Escoce December 15, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I think he means adding hit dice as if they were levels and granting them additional abilities and improvements like PC and NPC humanoid characters get at certain levels.

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