Talk about big news. Mike Mearls of Wizards of the Coast has just released an article that pretty much provides the missing link of the puzzle of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons.
To quote a bit from his article:
Basic D&D is a PDF that covers the core of the game. It’s the equivalent of the old D&D Rules Cyclopedia, though it doesn’t have quite the same scope (for example, it won’t go into detail on a setting). It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options.
But the best part? Basic D&D is a free PDF. Anyone can download it from our website. We want to put D&D in as many hands as possible, and a free, digital file is the best way to do that.
It’s a bold move from Wizards, but one that isn’t completely unheard of. Releasing Basic D&D as a free product lets it get into the hands of people that normally pick it up because of the price. It isn’t the SRD approach either, which means that there will hopefully be a premium sort of quality in the layout and design of Basic D&D.
I’m very happy about this decision on the part of Wizards of the Coast, and if anything it might ensure that my group will be able to give this new edition a shot.
Want to see the rest of the article? Check it out here