Wanna Play 5e for freeeeeeeeeeee (or really low cost)

4th Edition

I did/do, and the helpful people in the community pointed me to all the various resources out there. I decided to put the collection of links and tidbits here, just in case there were others that wanted to explore this new ruleset and see what it has to offer.

So, first, you'll want to take a look at the D&D 5e SRD.

In addition to that, Wizards has what they call the "basic" rules as separate PDFs.

Basic Player's Handbook

Basic DM's Guide

Taking in all three of those resources gives you basically :P the complete 5e ruleset to work with.

I don't know about you guys and gals, but I always use Hero Lab for character creation, and you can still do that with 5e. HL has the SRD version of the 5e ruleset for the $29.99. If you purchase that and then go grab the 5e community package, you'll have a very thorough (not entirely complete, but it's getting there) set of character and monster creation data at your fingertips.

Hope this is useful to those that want to give the 5e ruleset a try. If anyone has any other free resources for 5e please post the links here.

Cheers! MW12

Honestly, there's so much fan created content out there that my advice is just to do a google search for anything specific you want, and keep on eye on ENWorld and Giant in the Playground message boards to see if anything interesting crops up. There's also a fairly active 5e G+ community.

Just for a few bucks more than the HL ruleset, you can get all that you need in a nice hard copy (the only rulebook needed is the PHB, MM can be a nice too have) ;)

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