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Monday, June 30, 2014

Initial Basic D&D PDF to be More than just Character Gen


So, it looks like they changed their mind about it being just character gen initially.

From ENWorld:
I've been a bit remiss in communicating this. Mike Mearls has said multiple times over the last few weeks that Basic D&D will debut on July 3rd (at the same time Wizards Play Network store get the Starter Set). That debut only includes character creation. A whole bunch more will be added to it on August 19th, when the Player's Handbook is released. It will then continue to be updated as the rest of the release schedule rolls out.
Or maybe not. From the 6/30 Legends & Lore post by Mike Mearls
It’s hard to believe that we’re on the eve of the release of the first D&D fifth edition product. The Starter Set will be available at Wizards Play Network stores this week, starting on July 3. That day will also see the release of the basic rules for D&D on the Dungeons & Dragons web site. 
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.

8 comments:

  1. I thought they said that a while back. Mearls has stated it's supposed to be a complete game in itself, with no setting information. I'm sure I read that several weeks ago.

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  2. When did they say it was just going to be chargen? I was always under the impression that it would *include* chargen, not that it would only be chargen.

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    1. character gen was supposed to be all that was released with the starter - fuller basic with Player Hhandbook

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    2. from ENWorld:

      "I've been a bit remiss in communicating this. Mike Mearls has said multiple times over the last few weeks that Basic D&D will debut on July 3rd (at the same time Wizards Play Network store get the Starter Set). That debut only includes character creation. A whole bunch more will be added to it on August 19th, when the Player's Handbook is released. It will then continue to be updated as the rest of the release schedule rolls out."

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  3. They've been pulling it apart on RPGSite for weeks. It's got a whole game in the pdf. Just not all the setting and optional stuff.

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  4. It still doesn't say the full 100+ pages will be released Thursday. I hope that's what they do, but my hopes are made to be shattered.

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  5. 48 pages on thursday, which will (hopefully) include everything mentioned in today's Legends & Lore post. Look, whatever, I've been wrong before. :P

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  6. It does sound like there will be more than what was initially promised... but it still won't be complete as we won't have monster stats without the Starter Set (not in Basic PDF until MM is released). I'm guessing we will still see some additional content with the hardback releases. Very much looking forward to it!

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