How To Play D&D 02 | Simple (& FREE) Materials

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How To Play D&D 02 | Simple (& FREE) Materials

How To Play D&D 02 | Simple (& FREE) Materials


Want to learn how to play D&D 5e by the
book — without having to buy the book? 😛 This time on Bob world builder we
discuss how to play D&D 5: simple gaming materials for Dungeons & Dragons! Hey
gang, Bob here and welcome to Bob world builder! If this is your first time here,
I make D&D-related videos to inspire conversations between new and veteran
players. To keep that conversation going we have a brand new server on Discord
linked in the description where you can find people to game with and get D&D
advice! This video is part two of a series called “How to play D&D.” Check out part one linked in the description, and subscribe to get new videos under your
subscriptions tab every Wednesday. Alright guys, if you’re just getting into
D&D, it can be really difficult to know where to start, especially if you’ve only
seen gameplay that involved all the rule books, custom miniatures, terrain, dice
trays — all that stuff that is meant to enhance a game of Dungeons and Dragons. So in this video we’ll review 5 simple materials for playing Dungeons & Dragons 5e, which all happened to be free or things you probably already own, and if
you’ve been playing a while and you have a lot of gaming gear, then I encourage
you to keep watching and try playing your next session with just these basic
materials! Hopefully it’ll feel a little bit like when you started playing back
in the day. So the first thing you need for the real deal is the D&D 5e basic
rules which you can download for free from the Wizards of the Coast website
linked in the description below. This rule set is an abridged version of The
Player’s Handbook: the primary rulebook of D&D. The basic rules contain
everything you need to run the game, but coming in at 180 pages they could
definitely be cut down. Personally I recommend starting with page 4 “How to
Play” then jumping to page 8 “Step-by-step Characters” and exploring from there. For
character creation however, you’ll need the second item on our list: a 5e
character sheet, conveniently located on pages 177 through 179 in the basic rules,
but also available for free from the Wizards site
linked below. From there you can grab a zip file of blank sheets of different
styles, the pre-generated characters included in the starter set, or my
personal recommendation the two-sided blank character sheet labeled for
Adventurers League play. It’s the most easily accessible of the three options,
and you can even take it to your friendly local game store’s D&D night to
make your character. Now if you’re totally new to D&D, the character sheets
probably look a little confusing, but don’t worry about it. In my first
campaign that I played in some of the players printed off third edition
character sheets, some had character sheets from 3.5, and the DM was using a
fifth edition players handbook because we had no idea what we were doing. This
still worked out, and we had a ton of fun playing, and played that campaign for
over a year. Little side-note: future videos in this series will break down
the Players Handbook to the true basics of D&D 5e, and the very next video in
this series will be about creating characters quickly — without even the need for a blank character sheet or dice — the next item on our list! As far as dice go
you probably already have some six sided dice, or in D&D lingo “d6s,” from other
games that you already own at home, and that’s the only die you’ll need to roll
statistics for a level one character in Dungeons & Dragons. **Back when I
started playing Dungeons & Dragons all five players and even the dungeon master
shared only one set of dice.** For real though, that’s actually how we played.
That said, you need exactly zero dice to play because Wizards of the Coast also
has an online dice roller. You can find that linked in the description, but I
also recommend just looking up some free dice-rolling apps. And the fourth item is
a pencil. One of my friends in that first campaign actually used a pen, and so he
ended up with basically a lifetime supply of “witch snacks.” I have no idea
what that meant but we still make jokes about it to this day. Moral of that story:
use a pencil. And last but not least, guys our fifth item — well maybe it is least —
but blank paper: a little pad to scribble notes while you’re playing, or a notebook
to write your whole campaign and setting in, or as my first group
used a sketchpad to draw out those combat sequences that get a little too
complicated for theater of mind. If it wasn’t clear from what I already
mentioned, that first campaign was a very rules light version of D&D so we weren’t
too concerned with movement speed, and that freed us from using a battle map or
even grid paper for sketching out those combat sequences, but some square gridded
paper is really as complicated as your battle mat needs to be for drawing your
own dungeons and tracking movement during combat by the actual rules. And
there you have it, guys: basic rules, character sheets, digital dice, pencils,
and paper. You no longer have an excuse to not start playing Dungeons & Dragons,
and if you’ve been playing for a while, I challenge you to try playing your next
session with only those five materials. If you’ve played with even less or
you want to share a story about the beginnings of your D&D collection, please
drop a comment below. I read and respond to every single one of them or join us
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links in description! As always guys, thank you for watching, and keep building! 🙂

2 thoughts on How To Play D&D 02 | Simple (& FREE) Materials

  1. After the second or third session of that first campaign, my DM bought a second d20, but none of us players got a set because we didn't know any better! We just shared those dice and used online dice rollers!

  2. Here is a side project I started at my kids school and they love it. After seeing Prof DM show how to make dungeon tiles with XPS and a soldering iron I realized how easy it was. They I got into Black Magic Craft and started making the bricks. I needed something to keep my dice and pencils etc in. So I took a cigar box and made a dungeon box. Buy a $25 foam cutting knife kit. cut bricks, the mis matched shapes look good. tumble them (I use a rock tumbler) hot glue them to a cigar box. roll them out with wadded up aluminum foil. Mod Podge / black wash them. then paint with acrylic. black wash – done! I would post pics – but can't see immediately how to. I've got a facebook page with pics – just search for White Rock Makers on FB.

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