So You Want To Play Dungeons & DragonsThe absolute best way to learn is with a group of friends who already know the rules and can guide you through the learning curve. Well, don't worry. You can think of it a lot like a collective choose-your-own-adventure book. One player prepares a fantasy story of sorcery and adventure, then the rest of the players take charge of characters in that story and gather together—preferably around a kitchen table—to cooperatively tell the tale. Maybe the story you'll tell is a mystery. Maybe it follows the classic hero's arc.
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I spend a ton of my time listening, watching, and reading different sources talking about rules, news, and DMing techniques. Even writing my articles causes me to consolidate my understanding of the game and improve upon it through my own writing. The original rendition of this article was going to be a Dungeon Masters Resource Guide, but I realized that the line between DM and player when it came to resources was very blurred. So to anyone who is just joining the community or even just want to get a taste to see if it's for them I have one thing to say:. Community is the most important part of this hobby. My hope with this guide is to give you the resources you need to accomplish your goal.
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This list does not include books designed for use as premade adventures. This set was the beginning of the split into two separate games, driven by disagreements on the direction the game should take. As such, this edition saw the publication of numerous books to assist players. The naming of the core books in this edition became the standard for all later editions. This included only minimal text change such as removal of rape references in DMG books are now labeled "ages 10 and up". MM2 and the rest of the series followed the same format. Initially, the second edition would consolidate the game, with two essential hardcovers and a 3-ring monster document binder that Dungeon Masters can sort contents as they wish.