Title: Dungeons and Dragons Essentials Boxed Set
Rule Set: D&D e5
Pages: 2 64 page booklets
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
One of my reasons for purchasing boxed sets of any kind is to get a condensed ruleset which allows me to sample the goods before making a larger investment. This box set comes with the rulebook and an adventure, Dragon of Icespire Peak. Additionally, it contains:
- 11 dice,
- 6 character sheets,
- DM screen,
- poster sized map,
- 81 cards,
- a organizer box for the cards
- and codes for digital content.
These rules are neat and well organized. The adventure is good, a rock solid entry into the world of Fifth Edition. I will probably do a review of that on it's own. The DM screen is perfect, with the DM facing size containing all of the tables and information needed to run the game easily accessible.
I'm not used to having cards included with a D&D set. This is not some weird Magic The Gather fusion set. Most are cheat sheets for the players, including combat review, magic items, spells effects, and NPC info.
The game works with the idea that this boxed set will be opened right away and used. While labeled for 2-6 player, the sidekick and NPC rules will make playing with just two people a joy. These additions are well thought out. If you actually had 6 players, the sidekicks can be put away or added in to pump up the action. Meatshields, GO!
The digital content is coupon for 50% of a digital version of the PHB, a digital version for Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure and supplementary content for the adventure.
At $20 bucks, I felt it was a steal before I realized all of the digital content available. The price just dropped, making it an even better deal.