27 November 2018

New version of the 5e D&D Basic Rules now available

The ‘basic rules’ for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons are now available in a single PDF. Here is what is included: “The Basic Rules 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; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells, 5 backgrounds, and character sheets.”

My favourite ‘complete’ but ‘minimal’ version of D&D remains the Moldvay/Cook edition of the B/X (Basic + Expert) rules... 

But the 5e version of ‘Basic D&D’ is probably now my second favourite version. I’m itching to use them to run a 5e version of The Keep on the Borderlands or The Lost City. If only a print version were available! 

In addition to incorporating errata and the like, the new PDF includes a number of (surprisingly evocative) sketches by Richard Whitters. Some samples:


  1. There is a 5e version of B2 available - it's part of the Goodman Games big book on the history of B2 and has 2 old school versions and a 5e version in the same tome.

    1. Thanks for reminder! I had been meaning to pick that up...

  2. Not very "basic" if it weighs in at 180 pages!


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