This toolkit is also available as a PDF - download that here.
For the next little while I am going to give you all an introduction to the world’s most popular roleplaying game. I am on a quest to turn you into a competent adventurer who is ready to face any obstacle. This is the first part of a series of guides that will make up your toolkit, the rest will follow in the coming weeks.
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What is Dungeons and Dragons?
A cooperative storytelling game played with a group of people. A Dungeon Master (DM) leads the story and presents obstacles to the other players. The group rolls dice to determine how their decisions play out.
What is the objective?
To have fun adventures, solve puzzles and get cool treasure for your character. All while exploring the world the DM has presented through the eyes of your character.
How do you play?
You listen to the scene that the DM lays out and then describe the actions your character takes to push the story forward. The DM will either build from what you have decided, or ask you to roll to see how well you do.
What do you need to play?
- An imagination
- A way to roll dice (online or real dice)
- A character sheet
- A group to play with
What makes a character?
Innate characteristics, you roll for these when you make your character.
Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma
Specific talents your character has, these are usually what you are asked to roll for.
E.g Stealth, Animal Handling and History
Attacks & Spells
These are things you can produce, either for combat or other encounters where you want to use your character’s power to resolve the situation
How you can get started…
Find a real play podcast
Find one that suits you!
Listen to as much as possible.
Find a group to play with
- Send your friends to The Den of Alacrity YouTube channel to learn alongside you
- If you have a friend who plays already they might want to DM.
- You can look for a group or DM online try using these forums
- D&D Beyond forum
- Reddit forum - r/LFG
- Cats and Dice did a great roundup (go follow them)
- D&D Compendium also did an awesome collection of links
HP - Health points
AC - Armour class
DC - Difficulty check
NPC - Non-player character
CR - Challenge rating
DM - Dungeon Master
STR - Strength
DEX - Dexterity
CON - Constitution
INT - Intelligence
WIS - Wisdom
CHA - Charisma