One of the primary goals of this program is to ensure a low barrier to entry for new players. This allows players to try out Dungeons & Dragons, or this framework, with little to no monetary investment.
As a player, at a minimum, you’ll need access to the following materials and resources:
- D&D Basic Rules: This document, which is available for free via Wizards of the Coast’s website, represents the bare minimum ruleset necessary for players. The Basic Rules contain rules for character creation for four basic races and four basic classes, as well as all the rules you will need to play a game of Dungeons & Dragons from the standpoint of a player. As noted below, though players are encouraged to utilize more advanced rulebooks if available.
- Character Sheet: You may use any character sheet that is 5th Edition compatible. The framework administrators highly recommend the “Class Character Sheets” by Emmet Byrne. These have specific layouts and information unique to each character class. They are available for a nominal cost on the DMs Guild site.
- Log Sheet: A log sheet is used to record your character’s advancement through multiple sessions of play. It records key information, such as experience points, treasure, magic items, etc. Log sheets can be as simple as entries on a page in a notebook, or more complex sheets can be downloaded for free or for a nominal cost on the DMs Guild site.
- Dice: A basic set of polyhedral dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d10%, d12, d20) is necessary to play. Having multiple sets of dice available can be helpful for situations such as rolling with advantage or disadvantage, or calculating damage. A basic set of polyhedral dice may cost as little as $3.50 at a local game store. Some dice aficionados invest significantly more.
- Pencil or Pen: You will need to make frequent adjustments to your character sheet and log sheet throughout the course of a play session as your character gains treasures and experience and takes damage in combat.
- Character Miniature or Token: Many tables prefer to handle combat in a tactical fashion using miniatures and a map grid. Having a token or miniature that represents your character is helpful, but not necessarily required for a new player.