Greetings all. I've taken another unexpected break after my last [Let's Look At] which I was looking to follow-up with another series, but my roleplaying interest has once again waned as time went on (and my writing gigs getting taken up in other subjects). I wasn't even engaged by the public playtesting sessions for the new announced edition of Dungeons & Dragons that happened throughout 2013.
That all changed about a couple months ago when the release of the new 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons was announced to be this year. This has reignited my passion for all things RPGs again, and I was eagerly back to hawking for every piece of news and previews about the new edition (I even gave up being a hardcore and unsuccessful player of Hearthstone in the interim). Out of all the little snippets that were dropped onto us, what came the most unexpected was when Mike Mearls announced that there would be a basic rules set of the new edition, and it would be available for free during the launch of the D&D Starter Set.
That was a couple weeks ago and now we have the the D&D Basic Rules; the first iteration of the new rules for all to see, study and savour. While reading through the Basic Rules, I thought that I should start a new [Let's Look At] series to help me organise my understanding and thoughts about the new rules, while also trying to make it easier for anyone who wants to see the dots connected. I would have liked to get this new series starting sooner but I had only done my first read through of the rules a few days ago.
Even at a much smaller page count of 110 pages (including covers, appendix and character sheets) for the most basic rules of the game, there is still quite a lot to absorb and figuring out to do for the Basic Rules, which I think would be greatly benefited if I did a more studious breakdown of it to a series of posts. There still leaves quite a bit to be desired on the organisation and presentation of the Basic Rules, but that's where I hope this series would be able to address and help as a part tutorial, and part study notes.
Instead of going through this new [Let's Look At] series for the D&D Basic Rules by the 3 parts, I would be going through them chapter by chapter, all through the 11 chapters and the unnumbered sections. So here's the general gist of my posts to follow:
- Introduction - new rules and concepts for the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons.
- Step-by-Step Characters - the character creation process
- Races - the basic races; dwarf, elf, halfling, human
- Classes - the basic classes; cleric, fighter, rogue, wizard
- Personality and Background - the new backgrounds
- Equipment - weapons, armor, adventuring gear, expenses
- Customization Options - multiclassing and feats
- Using Ability Scores - skills and saving throws
- Adventuring - movement, the environment, social interaction, resting
- Combat - movement, actions, attacking, damage and healing
- Spellcasting - casting a spell, area of effects
- Spells - cleric spells, wizard spells
I'll be honest, I haven't really thought this through while I've decided to write this new [Let's Look At] (I still can't figure out what is the official name of the Basic Rules yet), so there might be some strange tangents, ramblings or change of mind as I try to go through each chapter one more time with you all. Some of these chapters would most likely be covered in more than one posts, particularly the heftier character creation related chapters (I'm seeing Races, Classes and Equipment will need more ground to cover)
But other than that, here's to a new [Let's Look At] series, and I have a feeling this one will last way longer than it will.