Together, let's shape the future of Dungeons and Dragons! Go to http://dndplaytest.wizards.com/ and sign up to get playtest materials if you haven't already. Recently released - the Monk character class!
New players very welcome - create characters at the table or bring your own! Combat takes place on a grid with tokens or miniatures - bring one to represent your character or choose from my token kit.
Combat seems more dangerous in D&D NEXT than 4th edition. If you're coming to NEXT from 4e, imagine a level 1 4e character is a level 3 NEXT character, in terms of combat ability. Things that wouldn't phase a starting 4e character can be deadly if you approach them the wrong way.