This is the Starter Set for the 5th edition of D&D. It's the most recent edition, and this set is tailor made for groups like yours. Players who want to try playing, without investing all the money in the books. It will get you through a significant amount of gameplay, letting you decide whether you really like D&D. Then if you choose, you can go on to purchase the Player's, DMG, and Monster Manual for your own games afterwards.
I would recommend avoiding Pathfinder. It's a generic version of 3.5 edition, which was very math heavy. Lots of modifiers, lots of customization, lots of complication. 5e has made an effort to make the gameplay smooth and unhindered, so players can focus on the story instead of the mechanics.
I see what you mean totally, yeah. I've been playing the game so long, I forget that people need to try it out to see if they even like it. Duh. My bad! <3
Specific for 5E. Each edition has vastly different core rules. 5E is beautiful system, and its starter set is excellent. Tons of us have played it.
Feel free to PM me with questions if you have any. I like helping new players and DMs.
hello, I am a bit late, but here is my copy/paste response, which in particular, will solve your first issue/question
> The price range.
you can checkout the game for absolutely free. here are some links for you. this is all you will need to play or run the game.
after this, if you ike the game, do get the starter set , I've heard nothing but good things about the adventure (I own it, but havaen't ran it yet). it is around 20bucks for a game that can give you countless hours of entertainment.
There's a Guide .
It includes everything you need to get started:
A basic campaign,
some pre-made characters (you can make your own if you wish obviously),
a print copy of the basic rules
and a set of dice.
Which is everything you need to get started on a budget. If you're willing to spend a little extra, or are just one of those people who likes to buy into their hobbies right off the hop, the next things you'll probably want to look into will be some more dice (sharing dice isn't nearly as exciting as having your own set), a copy of the players handbook , the monster manual , or the DM's Guide , in order of what i feel is most important. For most people i recommend the starts guide and the PHB personally.
Download the free rules and a dice-rolling app for your phone. One of you will have to be the Dungeon Master (DM) who runs the game for the other players; have that DM read and run this adventure.
Buy the Starter Set , which will include starter rules, several characters, dice, and an excellent starter adventure. This is an integrated set of materials, so it's easier to start with.
Hope this helps!
To get the obvious out of the way, there's the Dungeon & Dragons Starter Set . All the stuff you need to start playing and get people hooked for less than $15. That's characters, an adventure, dice, and pared down rules.
As a GURPS fan, I need to plug the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game. It's a different take on the D&D style of game. $60 gets you a full game, dice, cardboard figures, an adventure, and some large fold-out maps for the adventure.
No worries, we were all new at some point. I recommend getting the starter kit . It's got everything you need for 6 people to sit down and run a small campaign, plus it teaches everyone the rules as you go.
> As much as I would like to be a player I think our best bet would be for me to DM, only I really don't know where to start.
Before you buy anything, make everyone read the basic rules.
Once everyone has at least glanced at that, start with The Starter Set .
If you're the DM, I recommend anointing one of the other players as Chief Cat Herder, and have him or her be in charge of organizing when and where to play. You will have your hands full preparing the adventure.
You can always buy a starter kit. If you aren't even sure if youd like it that's a good way to inexpensively do something that's well put together and user friendly.
Something like this
It's dirt cheap: http://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/0786965592