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Getting started

What is D&D?
The first Dungeons & Dragons game was played back when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson chose to personalize the massive battles of their fantasy wargames with the exploits of individual heroes. This inspiration became the first fantasy roleplaying game, in which players are characters in an ongoing fantasy story. This new kind of game has become immensely popular over the years, and D&D has grown to include many new ways to vividly experience worlds of heroic fantasy.

The core of D&D is storytelling. You and your friends tell a story together, guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more. You can also explore the world of Dungeons & Dragons through any of the novels written by its fantasy authors, as well as engaging board games and immersive video games. All of these stories are part of D&D.

Click here to learn about the campaign settings, races, classes and monsters.

It’s Free to Play!
The Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons is a PDF that covers the core of the tabletop game.
It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells and 5 backgrounds.

The Basic Rules is a free PDF. Download it by clicking here.

Need more options?

In the Tyranny of Dragons storyline season, the Cult of the Dragon, along with its dragon allies and the Red Wizards of Thay, seek to bring Tiamat from her prison in the Nine Hells to Faerûn. This supplement provides optional background features and bonds for player characters that play within this storyline. Download it by clicking here. (Also free!)

In the Elemental Evil storyline season, the cosmic threat of Elemental Evil reaches the Forgotten Realms. This supplement provides new races and spells for player characters that play within this storyline. Download it by clicking here. (Also free!)

Need even more options?!

The Player’s Handbook is a hardcover book that can be purchased and provides everything a player needs to create heroic characters. Dozens of Races, Classes, Feats, Backgrounds and hundreds of Spells. Use this book to create exciting characters from among the most iconic D&D races and classes. Purchase at your local gaming store and find out more by clicking here.

Resources that make your game
People from all over the internet have created great resources to bring the most out of their game! DnDMontreal has collected the character sheets, pre-generated characters, DM screens and more in one convenient location.

Find everything you need at, or here.

Here are a few quick links:
Character Sheets
Pre-Generated Characters
Player Cheat Sheets
Player Stuff
DM Stuff
Adventurers League Stuff

Playing in the D&D Adventurers League?
All that is in another guide. Find it by clicking here.

Table of Contents

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DnD Expeditions September 30, 2015 9:35 AM former member
Getting started September 20, 2017 9:49 AM Simon C.
DnD Adventurers League July 8, 2015 5:37 AM former member
About Let's Play D&D! August 2, 2014 8:25 PM former member

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