Dungeons & Dragons RPG—4th Edition: Classic Red Box

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The best way to start playing the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Roleplaying Game.

Designed for 1–5 players, this boxed game contains everything needed to start playing the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Roleplaying Game, including rules for creating heroes, advice for playing the Dungeon Master, a solo play adventure, and group-play adventure content. Learning the game has never been so easy!

Several different character races (dwarf, elf, halfling, and human) and classes (cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard) are presented, along with powers for each race and class.

    Game components:
  • 32-page book for players, with rules for character creation and a solo adventure
  • 64-page book for Dungeon Masters, with the rules of the game, advice on how to run the game, and adventure content
  • 2 sheets of die-cut tokens for characters and monsters
  • Cardstock character sheets and power cards
  • Double-sided dungeon map
  • 6 polyhedral dice

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Did they even playtest this?

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My first venture into Fourth Edition D&D took the form of an open play event, using the new Red Box Starter Set. Five of the pre-generated characters were selected by the players in the group, and we set to work.

The first thing I noticed was that the PCs were not only more or less dropped directly into the dungeon, but were railroaded into the first encounter. The first encounter, along with every other encounter in the module, seemed to drag on for an unnecessarily long time, and was much past the party's level of ability. The final encounter ended in a total party kill, as did the final encounters of all but one of the other three groups running the scenario (the one group had one out of four PCs survive).

Also, the dungeon seemed to be hastily designed, with nonsensical encounters, oddly designed trap scenarios, and mix-and-match flavor. All in all, my impression of the Essentials Starter Set was one of wasted potential--what I played was a rushed, poorly thought-out, slapdash attempt to re-create the old-school red box feel.




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A Red Box!!!

The cover over at Amazon is very familiar...!


I liked 'em better when they actually had miniatures in them.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

he he, never judge a book by its cover!


Doctor Bedlam wrote:
I liked 'em better when they actually had miniatures in them.

Would just be 4 pre-painted plastics...


They're showing the celebrity game from Gencon on you tube now.

Elven wizard, dwarven fighter, halfling rogue I think the three selected from the audience played a dragonborn paladin ("very" badly although very funny!), tiefling warlock (surprisingly effective) and a human Cleric I think.

Very, very funny I only wish they advertised this release better rather than what feels like relying on word of mouth...

Please correct me here if they have been advertsing it since the Rad show was about all I noticed and I've cancelled preordering this three times because of the lack of comments on it.

I've got issue 0 of the new d&d comic but the series only really begins later this year and I really wish they step up their game not hide it from all and sundry, the robot chicken video's they released last year or so was great but why aren't they highlighting the celebrity game accordingly?


Eh, i think id rather have a pathfinder box. Maybe blue or something with some wayne reynolds art. 4e isnt a good way to start D&D.


Xaaon of Korvosa wrote:
Doctor Bedlam wrote:
I liked 'em better when they actually had miniatures in them.
Would just be 4 pre-painted plastics...

I think the doctor is referring to the 3e and 3.5 starter sets. Each came with 4 player figures as well as enough prepainted monsters for the included adventure. The 3e one came with a medium black dragon and the 3.5 one came with a large blue dragon.

Liberty's Edge

ftrain wrote:
Eh, i think id rather have a pathfinder box. Maybe blue or something with some wayne reynolds art. 4e isnt a good way to start D&D.

This is a thread showcasing a 4E product. Coming into it to bad mouth 4E is imo a lack of class. Start a new thread.

Dark Archive

ftrain wrote:
Eh, I think id rather have a pathfinder box. Maybe blue or something with some wayne reynolds art. 4e isnt a good way to start D&D.

You are so right, a Pathfinder starter box would be awesome. The red box is nostalgic and attracts old players but Pathfinder's art is so awesome that it draws you in to at least look more. And with the pathfinder system they can make a bare bones version for new players to explain the simple aspects of the game. Maybe exclusive classes that are easy for new users to understand the basics of the game Warrior, Mage, Theif, & Healer, classes that are good at a basic job and are not too full of options to confuse new player so that when they understand the game more they can try the other classes

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I liked 'em better when they actually had miniatures in them.

There is a you tube video somewhere that has wotc stating that miniatures are the next step in gaming from using a pencil eraser end to cut-out miniatures. I'd pay the extra $5-$15 for actual minis if the came in the starter kit. Reaper had a plastic line, it would be awesome if they added it to a Pathfinder starter kit.

I know this is just wishfull thiinking but if anyone is listening that would be awesome.....:)

Dark Archive

Out of respect to the 4th ed fans who wish to discuss 4th positively and not other products I've made a thread about a Pathfinder Starter Kit.


So what was all that about a poorly constructed introduction scenario in the product review?

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