Geek out!

A few days ago I got very excited to see that Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has announced the release dates for the Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition rules set. The $20 Starter Set comes out soonest: July 15th, and will be what I hoped it would be — a primer for the more in depth game.

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$20 is not a bad price to pay to give something like D&D a try.

If you really like the game enough, you can shell out $50 on August 19th when the Player’s Handbook is released.

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The Monster Manual lands in September (17th… not on a Tuesday like the other books which is odd…), and will set you back another fifty bones.

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Finally, the unabashed dorks (like me) have to wait until November 18th to give up another $50 and get their sweaty, Cheetos-dust caked hands on The Dungeon Master’s Guide.

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If $150 isn’t enough of an investment for you, rest assured that WotC will release a gamut of supplements to further drain the wallets of nerds and geeks everywhere.

I’m happy that WotC/Hasbro decided to keep the classic “trio of rulebooks” format for the “One Edition to Rule Them All,” though I suspect they won’t make an enormous dent in Pathfinder’s popularity — too many contemporary RPG players see 3.5 as the definitive edition (just as the grognards see 1E as the definitive edition), although D&D Next/5E makes a distinct move back toward the 3.5 rules (at least that’s what I noticed from the D&D Next playtest) and puts in distance from the 4E rules which, as I’ve mentioned before, are pretty much reviled.  Whatever!  I just want to play…

All of this tasty new-ness is spearheaded by the Tyranny of Dragons story line for the Forgotten Realms, and that’s going to span all of Dungeons & Dragons’ media venues plus it will include the launch of a series of minis from WizKids.  Like I mentioned earlier… more opportunities to spend money… and for fun, of course.

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