I always recommend The Starter Set from Wizards of the Coast. This has easy to read rules, pregenerated characters so you can start right away (plus the rules to create you own if you want), and a complete campaign which is really fun and has lots of side quests and hooks to keep the game going for years.
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Wizards of the Coast recently released The Essentials Kit which is similar to The Starter Set but includes rules for a 2 player game (one DM and one Player) and has the adventure Dragon of Icespire Peak. I haven't played this kit, but it looks very promising.
You can consider getting the starter set that Stranger Things released. There is always the option of the 5e Starter Set which has gotten a lot of people, including myself, into the swing of things.
I would pick up one of the starter sets and playing through the adventure included in it. There are a few options, like the D&D Starter Set or the Stranger Things D&D Starter Set, you can find both online and at either your local gaming store or even at stores like Target or Walmart.
Just buy the Starter Set. It’s got everything you need. A basic rundown of the rules, a single set of dice, five pre-generated characters, and an adventure for levels 1-5 with a ton of branches off the main quest. If she enjoys it then you’ll need the three core books: the Player’s Handbook, the Dungeon Master’s Guide, and the Monster Manual.
The adventure is made for 4 or 5 characters, but 3 characters should do well enough, so you’ll need two other people to play at least.
Good luck! Hope you have fun!
[EDIT: You’ll want more dice too. And currently the Starter Set is REALLY CHEAP on Amazon: Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/0786965592/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8UbdDbWQTT2T0 ]
No worries. Incidentally the Starter Set is a great product. Well worth it if you're a new GM.
Box contains all you need to play.
The adventure booklet, a light version of the rules, pre-generated character sheets, and a set of dice.
Would I get the players handbook or this https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Dragons-Starter-Set-Roleplaying/dp/0786965592 ?
That one is the one I was thinking about. It come with pre made characters with options for homemade ones if you prefer. Great price for a starting point to see if you are into it as a group.
I always suggest the Starter Set. It has ready to play rules and a great campaign and it's only like $13 USD.
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I got really addicted and bought the players handbook, monsters Manuel, and Dungeon master guide probably the first week of playing and read them like crazy. I’m not suggesting that everyone does that, it can hit the bank account pretty hard. There is a cheaper starter set;
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It has the basic rules and a quick campaign to run with character sheets for a few people.
Your biggest hurdle is going to be finding a DM. Everyone wants to be a player.
I would suggest picking up the Starter Set and taking a chance at DMing. You don't need to do voices, have elaborate set ups or be perfect. If you get a group of new players then it's a learning experience for everyone and that should help with any anxiety over not knowing what to do because everyone is new.
I'd be more than happy to help you get started. I even have an extra set of books (DM's Guide & Monster Manual) I'd be happy to lend you to get started.
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While I encourage you to watch all of those videos, the first 4 should be sufficient to help get you going.
You mentioned running an official adventure. I'd highly recommend checking out the adventure The Lost Mine of Phandelver. It's part of the Starter Set for new players and new DMs. It costs about $13 on Amazon.
As far as tips/advice: You are going to make some mistakes; Its ok. We all do. Don't over-prepare but rather be willing to adapt when players do things you don't expect - which I promise you will happen. Most importantly, have fun!
The Starter Set is currently $10 on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/Dungeons-Dragons-Starter-Wizards-Team/dp/0786965592/
$40? The Starter Set goes for about $15 on Amazon. Is this what you saved up for?
As for edition, it matters quite a lot. I highly recommend 5th Edition. It's the best edition of D&D that's ever been made. The main subreddit for 5E - there are many - is r/dndnext.
Okay. You really don’t need much. My Group of idiots had the DnD starter set, seen here.
And that’s it. You can go onto DND BEYOND and make characters easily.