|5th Edition Players Handbook|
|AD&D Player's Handbook from when I last played|
|5th Edition Starter Set|
|First Reaper Minis|
I read through the basic rules, found some online resources including more reference material, and really liked what I read. Despite all the bad things I had heard about D&D failing, 5th edition seemed more streamlined and less complicated then what I recall from AD&D, but had a classic D&D feel to it.
Last Friday was the first session of Adventure League at Battle Command Games. I showed up prepared with my Pre-Generated character from the starter which I had transferred to a free fillable PDF. I had added background material along with my painted figures and was ready to play. There was a crowd of about 12-15, but only a few were ready to play as many still needed to generate characters.
One of the players, Matt, was ready to run an Adventure module for those ready to go. My friends wanted to stay together and were still building characters, so I thought why not, and sat down with five total strangers and had one of the best gaming experiences in recent years.
|First D&D die roll in many years|
|Thoradin's first goblin victim|
As a result, I found the core books and started reading some more. I also found reaper miniatures that match the equipment and armor of the five pre-generated characters that come with the starter. In a single night I can complete multiple figures where it usually takes a few days to complete historical units. The nice thing is you really only need a few minis as a player.
|Collection quickly growing|
I have already come to the realization that I will want to DM again some day, so I have read through the module that comes with the starter set, "The Lost Mines of Phandelver", and begun to collect the monsters and characters needed so I can run a memorable adventure for the players.
|Adventure Module form the starter|
|Current painted Characters from Reaper|
So if you are like me and have avoided D&D in the past because it just looks overwhelming and you do not have the time, I encourage you to think again. Get ahold of a Players handbook and give it a read. I was surprised at how fast I was playing again and really enjoying it.
D&D is back. I think 5th edition is a winner that will be around for awhile and is bringing more people back to the hobby.