So, did you know the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons starter set came out?
What, but I don’t see a ‘Red Box’ What's this? A lost mine in Phandelver? Hmmmm so when you open the box you get the Basic rule book, the Adventure book, 5 Pregen characters and really nice Dice. Lets look inside…
There's a green dragon on the cover. Holy crap, there's the lair of the dragon on the cover right in the middle of the module. "The characters most likely won’t o slay the dragon". An encounter they can't win!? What kind of Killer GM D&D is this? (Its actually really, really good!)
A description of the DM's role that does a great job for the beginner Dungeon master. (The Story teller who controls everything not played by the other players)
A list of great DM Advice: Keep the gaming moving. Let the players contribute. Be consistent and fair. Don't ask for ability checks unless there's a good reason why and a consequence for failure!
It's nice to see that a DC 10 check is an easy check and doesn't scale to player level. The cap on the DC's really reminds me of some of the modular systems in old school gaming which is really nice.
Oh, here's some text telling you that you won't find monster stats in the adventure. This I Do have to say was a bit of a pain while running my groups, personally for my podcast gaming group I photocopied the monsters so had had the information at my fingertips rather than flipping back and forth slowing combat encounters. Speaking of combat encounters they do a great job showing different style of encounters mixing up surprise attacks for players and ambushing the player group walk into. High energy fights involving using the environment in encounters and plenty of traps and surprising twist that will be different each time you run this beginner set due to no one can guess the hundreds of ways players can come up with creating this adventure!.
The dice! For a starter set these are some of the nicest sets of dice I’ve gotten form any ‘Red box starter set’
Rating: Overall it rates 5 out of 5 Lizas!!