This is not your standard "how to" book. The author shares his experience with playing so that you can have a deeper and richer play experience. In order to do this the book is divided into four sections that give advice that goes beyond the rules found it the player's handbooks and dungeon master's guides.
The best thing about this book is that it is not designed for any one edition of the game. So this is just as useful for someone playing with some old D&D books or the much awaited fifth edition, D&D Next. This means that this book will be useful for many, many years to come.
The first section is all about getting ready to play a game and includes a list of all the supplies you will need. The author also gives you a run down about the different editions of Dungeons and Dragons. Also in this section is advice on how to find other players to join or forming a gaming group to play with.
Section two is a companion to the character creation process found in the player's handbooks. This sections talks about the roles that characters play within the adventuring party. Moral outlooks of the characters and their reasoning for being on adventures. Also the standard gear that any hero is going to need on a quest.
The third part of the book is advice on crafting adventures and being the dungeon master who is in charge of the game. From crafting the plot of the adventure to playing the villain, and even how to pace out the rewards you give to the plays, this section is rich in advice.
Lastly the book has a few projects that will help players save some cash by showing them how to make props. These projects use a mixture of different skill sets such as sewing, cutting, and even faking paper aging. All in all, this is the prefect book for someone that wants to go beyond the basics and learn to play a great game of Dungeons and Dragons.
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A Good D&D Primer for New Players
- Matt Moore