It’s Gonna Be Easier Than Ever to Play Dungeons & Dragons

Everything you need to start playing right now with new one-on-one rules for one dungeon master and one player.

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Today during DnDLive 2019: The Descent, Wizards of the Coast has announced the D&D Essentials Kit, a new starter box product designed to make it easier to get started playing Dungeons & Dragons.

The D&D Essentials Kit (pictured below) will feature a newly designed rulebook to help those interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons by teaching them how to make characters without the often intimidating amount of information contained within the three core rulebooks. The kit includes a 64-page rulebook for creating characters levels one thru six, from five different classes (the four iconic classes and the bard).


Available for $25 at most Target stores in North America on June 24, and everywhere else September 3.

Like the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set, which includes a selection of everything you need to get started playing, the D&D Essentials Kit also contains a brand new adventure called Dragon of Icespire Peak written by Chris Perkins, Principle Narrative Designer on Dungeons & Dragons.

Dragon of Icespire Peak is scalable for characters level one thru six and takes place in the same location as The Lost Mine of Phandelver (the adventure included in the D&D Starter Set.) Both adventures can be played together, or you can run one right into another. The Dragon of Icespire Peak is meant to be a starter adventure for new dungeon masters that will guide you through 14 different regions tied to quests.

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D&D can be an intimidating game for newcomers, but if you’re at all curious to try, the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set is where to begin. It includes a rulebook, an adventure book, five pre-made characters, six dice, and a character sheet – everything you need to get started on your adventure.

The other element that might prevent people from getting onboard with Dungeons & Dragons is other people to play with. That’s why the kit includes a new rules variant for one-on-one play, where one Dungeon Master and one player can run the Dragon of Icespire Peak using sidekick rules to fill out a party with non-player characters.

In addition to all the above, the D&D Essentials Kit includes a set of dice (including two D20s for advantage and disadvantage and four six-sided dice to roll statistics for your character) and a new DM screen with all new art.

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The box also contains a map of the town in which the adventure is set, with a larger map showing the surrounding region on the other side. Also included is a box of cards that include things like magic items, rule reminder cheat sheets, sidekicks, and more.

The D&D Essentials Kit will be available for $25 at most Target stores in North America on June 24 before it rolls out everywhere else on September 3.

Wizards of the Coast also announced Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus today, the new adventure book that’s being described as a combination of Hell and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Brandin Tyrrel is IGN’s Xbox Editor. You can find him on Unlocked, or chat over on Twitter at @BrandinTyrrel.

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