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Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit Game

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Highlights

  • Everything you need to create characters and play the new adventures in this introduction to the world’s greatest roleplaying game.
  • Designed for 2-6 players.
  • The D&D Essentials Kit is the ideal second purchase for new players that have bought the Starter Set. With the Essentials Kit, new players will learn to create characters of levels 1-6 and experience the thrill of being the Dungeon Masters.
  • The D&D Essentials Kit is the ideal second purchase for new players that have bought the Starter Set. With the Essentials Kit, new players will learn to create characters of levels 1-6 and experience the thrill of being the Dungeon Masters.

Specifications

Suggested Age: 12 Years and Up

Material: Cardstock

Type of Game: Role playing games

Playing Time: 1-2 Hours

Includes: Game pieces, instructions, cards, dice

Genre: Games

Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

Number of Players: 2-5 Players

Package type: Full game

Language: English

Street Date: August 9, 2019
TCIN: 76151594
Item Number (DPCI): 087-10-7300

Description

Everything you need to create characters and play the new adventures in this introduction to the world's greatest roleplaying game. Designed for 2-6 players.

"The Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit is the perfect introduction to the legendary role-playing game." --Forbes

"Truly excellent."--Paste

- Take your first step into the world of Dungeons & Dragons, or get a more expansive D&D experience after playing the Starter Set.
- Play with groups as small as two players (one Dungeon Master & one adventurer) for the first time in D&D fifth edition with the introduction of "sidekicks."
- Battle and plunder your way through Phandalin in the all new D&D adventure, Dragon of Icespire Peak.
- Experience the thrill of being a Dungeon Master behind a four-panel DM screen with at-a-glance game rules for quick and easy reference.
- Continue your Dungeons & Dragons journey with codes to unlock content on D&D Beyond, the official digital toolset for D&D.

Components: (1) rulebook, (1) Dragon of Icespire Peak introductory adventure, (6) blank character sheets, (11 ) dice, (1) 33" � 8.5" Dungeon Master's screen, (81) cards for magic items, sidekicks and more, (1) 21" x 15" double-sided poster map for use with the adventure, (1) code for 50% the digital version of the Player's Handbook, access to supplementary content, including additional adventure materials to continue the story into higher levels of play.

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4.8 out of 5 stars with 240 reviews
100% would recommend
78 recommendations
length of play: 4.9 out of 5
value: 4.9 out of 5
quality: 4.8 out of 5
broad age appeal: 4.8 out of 5

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5 out of 5 stars
HowBig - 4 months ago, Verified purchaser
Know how a drug dealer gives you the first hit at cost and it's always the good stuff? Bought this and next thing you know I have a D&d Beyond account, 8 dice sets, a players handbook, and am running 3 games a week. Tough to beat this in dollars per hour of entertainment.
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A Beautiful, Concise and Well-Considered Intro into the classic and Original RPG!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Thorhamar - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
Wizard of the Coast has assembled a beautiful, concise and well-considered introduction into the classic and original fantasy role-playing game. As a player since the 1980's, this Essential Kits has numerous strengths: (1) A well-written 64-page rulebook, (2) and versatile adventure "Dragon of Icespire Peak", (3) a full-color map, (4) an informative Dungeon Master Screen, (5) easy-to-view plastic dice, (6) helpful cards for quests, initiative, magic items and more. I have unlocked the free digital version of this adventure on "D&D Beyond". The key take-away for me is in the way the rulebook and adventure is written. It should be easy and simple for newcomers to jump into the game.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
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Good intro to D&D and useful to veteran players as well

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Dean - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
Lots of stuff for the money, all useful. Starter rule book is excellent. Screen is basic but handy and one can never have too many dice. The adventures are well thought out and enjoyable, but The new DM will have to scramble a bit to fill in the gaps. Starter set adventure is a little better but this set as a whole is excellent! The artwork is evocative and overall the production values are good. I’ve been playing d&d starting with the late 80s basic set and I absolutely love what they’ve done with 5E. My kids are enjoying their adventures along the sword coast and we will be busy for a while!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Great Starter Set

4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Jdkcubed - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
I think is an excellent way to break in new gamers in to tabletop RPG's. In addition to the items included in the starter you receive codes for the same + additional items on D&DBeyond their electronic depository for content. The included adventure(s) are a series of staged adventures that move beginners from first through 7th level with 9 possible connected quests. Its great for new DM's, the included screen has mostly useful stuff on it. Lots of helping text in the module itself and enough in the included rules book to get you through! I have been playing for well over 30 years through multiple editions. Now I am running this for my niece and her friends looking for the fun and challenge of tabletop RPG. The online content includes 3 more adventures that tag onto the end of this taking characters up through 11th or 12th level. That amount of content makes this way worth the purchase price. The dice set could be slightly better quality and while advertising the 2 player option with Sidekicks. Those rules could use a bit of work as well...
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Kali - 5 months ago, Verified purchaser
A great set for starting out and smaller playing groups. Also suitable as written for some school-age kids, it's great to help develop teamwork and social skills that don't involve an electronic device and social media. This gives additional play options over the starter set to allow as few as 2 people to play and still make it fun to play with the addition of sidekicks and it includes a basic DM screen and initiative order cards for a new DM to get started as well
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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I think this is Targeted toward adults (pardon the pun)

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
tychay - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
This is a Target exclusive for a while. This replaces the Starter Kit. I think the Starter Kit is more targeted toward children, especially the "Stranger Things" edition, where it is easy to get a larger group. This one, besides being a bit more expensive, is more for couples or adults in general who have less time to form large parties or for introducing a friend to Dungeons & Dragons (or role-playing games in general). The themes are no different but this one gives more tools for someone to be able to play with as few as one player character out of the box. What you get over the Starter Kit: - character creation rules - DM screen - sidekicks so you can play with less players (specific 2: 1 DM, 1 player) - deck of item/status cards (it introduces new people to the trick of writing items/spells/status on cards to make them easier to keep track of) - discount for digital version of Player's Manual - more/better dice What you lose: - pre-generated characters - mini (if you get the Stranger Things edition) What is different: - all the modules across the three are different. However both the regular Starter and this edition take place in the same universe and section of the world so can be used seemlessly.
broad age appeal: 4 out of 5
length of play: 4 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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A great starting point

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Anonymous - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
If you're looking to get into D&D, this is a great place to start. The narrative feels open and broad, giving the DM and players freedom to use this story as a jumping off point for a larger adventure.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Awesome!

4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Midnight Clover - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
Love it the two person run option is great for couples to play. For the price it is amazing! If I had one thing I wish it included was a couple generic minis to use in play. But other than that it is a great but!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
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