Thursday, August 21, 2014

Project Table Top: Enjoying D&D 5E on a Budget

OK I am going to talk about 5th edition some more. This Sunday I am scheduled to continue playing the 5th edition Mines of Phandelver module which came with the new starter set, with a few changes.

You see, at our last gaming session my group and I had to stop midway because we were all still very unfamiliar with 5th edition rules. The main change will be that instead of my inexperienced self DMing, I will have one of my friends do it because, well he is just better at it and he has volunteered, thus freeing me to play a fighter character and kick some goblin butt.

This whole experience started me thinking that what I really would like to do, perhaps as an end of summer and going into fall project would be to take some of my old and classic D&D books, modules and set, specifically some of the info found in the 4E "Into the Unknown" book and incorporate the creatures and other material into 5th edition rules. Now wouldn't that be fun? It would take some work to be sure, but oh so rewarding.

I was vacillating on whether to pick up the new PHB, but seeing as it doesn't seem that long ago that I picked up both the Into the Unknown supplement and the 4E PHB, dumping $50 on a core book that isn't really essential for me to continue my game sessions seems a bit excessive and unnecessary. So I have decided instead to go the economical route and spend hard earned cash instead on some previously printed but still awesome material, most of which can be picked up online on this fanstatic website.

I can just see it now, how awesome would it be to be able to pull out a copy of that first edition Manual of the Planes and try to update some of the content for the new system? Can it be done? Anything is possible with a little effort and imagination and isn't that what D&D is all about?

BONUS: For light reading material this week, I refer you to the A&D comic book series published by DC Comics in the late 80s and early 90s and approved by TSR.

I recently picked up No. 33 "The Wager that Saved Waterdeep" for 50 cents (I know what a deal!) and will be devouring it tomorrow morning from cover to cover. I shall elaborate on it and other D&D reading material in subsequent posts, but suffice it to say that this comic penned by Dan Mishkin and featuring artwork by Jan Duursema should hold me over until the new IDW series comes out later this year.

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