Do You Need D&D?

I’m going to jump right into this conversation and say, the new D&D books are not expensive and those who say otherwise are not thinking straight. The first thing people see is $150 for the three core books (Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, Dungeon Master’s Guide). $150 is a lot of scratch, I’m not denying that. I’m just saying if you don’t want to pay $150 for the books then its not because its too expensive, it’s because you don’t really need the books. Some of us really need these books, and $150 is not an issue. Just think about your favorite things, whether it’s Todd McFarlane action figures or brown paper packages tied up in strings, money may be a consideration but you still buy ’em.
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All the talk of dropping a dime and a half on some big books is rendered moot when you consider that WotC is giving the game away for free. “But that’s not the game,” you say. Au contraire, mon frere. It is the game. It is the whole game. It is the only thing you need to play the game. The “Basic Game” will be a free pdf download available on July 15 and will cover the basic game-play rules required to play the game. I know many of you have created games on a lot less than 96 pages of play-tested rules and recommendations.

If you need a little more guidance, or for those of you who have never played D&D (or any RPG for that matter), then WotC is releasing the Starter Box Set for $19.99 (might as well be free). Twenty dollars practically doesn’t count as a purchase, it costs more to drive to Quizno’s and get a sloppy hot sandwich and soda pop (for those of you doing the math in your heads, include gas money). For twenty, you get 2 books totaling 96 pages, 6 dice, 5 pre-generated characters with supplemental reference material and a sweet box to keep it all in. There’s an adventure all laid out for you and your friends, if everyone chips in 5 bucks you can have hours and hours of entertainment and still have enough money to buy one of those fat tubs of Red Vines.

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“But I want the books man!” Of course you do, we all do. But do you need them? I mean really, really need them. If the answer is “no,” then your problem is solved. If the answer is yes, then you will find a way to get the books. Dig through your couch cushions, don’t buy the X-large popcorn when you go see Guardians of the Galaxy, and stop going to Quizno’s for Christ’s sake.

BTW, the pdf of each book will be on TPB hours before they’re in any store you’re gonna go to anyway. So lighten up, Francis.