First and foremost, you need the rules. There are a few ways to acquire this (and one way is free and legal!). If you want to start with just enough information to play the game, great way to do this is with the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set. This includes the only basic rules, five pre-made characters, a set of polyhedral dice, and a basic character sheet.
5th Edition Player's Handbook 5th Edition Player's Handbook 5th Edition Player's Handbook . This contains all the rules you need to run an entire campaign, but you're still going to need dice, pencils, printed character sheets, a battlemat, and a slew of other things. But if you're ready to commit to D&D this book is a must-have. In fact, if you're already in the frame of mind, double down and get the Monster Manual too. It's full of creatures, monsters, guards, assassins, and more. The Player's Handbook and the Monster Manual are the holy books of Dungeons & Dragons and required reading for any aspiring Dungeon Masters. these items are available on Amazon as well as your local game stores, and practically any bookstore (right?), but maybe you don't want to shell out cash to give D&D a try. Thankfully, Wizards of the Coast, publisher of Dungeons & Dragons has released the 5th Edition Basic Rules for free on their website. You can also download blank Character Sheets and dozens of pre-made characters if your players just want to jump in and play. And if you're looking to go the cheapest route possible, there are several iOS and Android apps for dice rolling, quick rule lookups, and even digital character sheets.
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