• How to Play Dungeons and Dragons

  • Your Step-by-Step Guide to Playing Dungeons and Dragons for Beginners
  • By: Howexpert Press, Jeffrey Carmichael II
  • Narrated by: Nick Gallagher
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

This is not your standard "how to" book. The author shares his experience with playing so that you can have a deeper and richer play experience. In order to do this the book is divided into four sections that give advice that goes beyond the rules found it the player's handbooks and dungeon master's guides.

The best thing about this book is that it is not designed for any one edition of the game. So this is just as useful for someone playing with some old D&D books or the much awaited fifth edition, D&D Next. This means that this book will be useful for many, many years to come.

The first section is all about getting ready to play a game and includes a list of all the supplies you will need. The author also gives you a run down about the different editions of Dungeons and Dragons. Also in this section is advice on how to find other players to join or forming a gaming group to play with.

Section two is a companion to the character creation process found in the player's handbooks. This sections talks about the roles that characters play within the adventuring party. Moral outlooks of the characters and their reasoning for being on adventures. Also the standard gear that any hero is going to need on a quest.

The third part of the book is advice on crafting adventures and being the dungeon master who is in charge of the game. From crafting the plot of the adventure to playing the villain, and even how to pace out the rewards you give to the plays, this section is rich in advice.

Lastly the book has a few projects that will help players save some cash by showing them how to make props. These projects use a mixture of different skill sets such as sewing, cutting, and even faking paper aging. All in all, this is the prefect book for someone that wants to go beyond the basics and learn to play a great game of Dungeons and Dragons.

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Doesn't answer "How To Play..."

Ok, good info about game history, finding other people to play, hand-crafting props, and how DM's should tell the story & control leveling. All interesting, thanks. But it's a short guide, so...
* Does he really need to take the time to teach me how to sew? To make crafts?
* One of his suggestions to find other players is to "hang a [paper] flyer at your local movie theater]". Seriously, he did. The guide is very outdated.

Unfortunely, the title is very misleading: "HOW' to play... step by step... for beginners". Maybe he spent a few mintues reviewing how to make a character. Also good info. Author tells readers to refer to the Players Handbook often. Yeah, just buy that. Most importantly, this guide lacks the ACTUAL GAMEPLAY INFO! How about directions, tips, advice, do's & donts, etc.?

Examples of questions that *should* have been addessed:
* How are turns determined?
* Other than combat, what are characters supposed to do during their turn? What can you do?
* Are we supposed to keep track of our own characters on my own map, or is there one map for everyone? Is there a pre-made D&D map, or a blank to sketch? If so, Who draws the map?
* Who moves the minis? Wait, are there minis? Should i bring my own?
* What's all the dice for? Do we really need 7 different types if dice?
* How long are turns: start-to-end?
* Advice for newcomers wanting to play with veterans?
* Should you dress up? Should you use a different voice when speaking for your character?
* Whats considered over-the-top, too much props brought, or too much prep?
*What considered not prepared enough?
* What are typical social or unspoken rules for playing with others?
* Should I try to make my own character before joining, regardless of what the "party" needs?
* Should I memorize all spells, traits, abilities, statistics, (or whatever) before joining?
* Do I have to be good at math?

These answers would be much better "do's & don'ts", than irrelevant suggestions on making crafts & printing flyers.

Editiors missed 3 sentences that were repeated with different inflections (a lot for an hour+ audio).

Conclusion: just YouTube for what you are seaching.

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bad title

This is how to set up DND for a DM rather than how to play. As a new dm, this slightly helped in some craft ideas toward the end.

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ok

I was hoping for more in depth instructions for the game. but I guess I will have to get the D&D rule book

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A Good D&D Primer for New Players

this is a good book that gives new players a definitive idea and notion of how to play the game. you sent it for veteran players everything in it is old hat. For the new players it offers up ideas and Concepts that will help you to enjoy the game even further.

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Old and boring

This book was so boring waynto make a dnd player go right to sleep its old and even back in the day before 5e came put this would have been a boring book.

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I needed the lingo

My son has just decided to play D&D, I needed the lingo to help him get going. This was perfect. It took an overwhelming subject and helped us get started with excitement rather than being overwhelmed. I might even make my own character!

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informative but no story line

although step by step guides where talked about, being able to understand what was being said, a basic understanding of how the game works was needed.

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Good Basic Information

I listened to this so I could get a better idea of helping my son not have to read the entire PH. I will be listening to this with him soon.

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Seems Accurate

The book was quite short and simple to listen to and understand. Poorly edited though. I noticed a few spots where the narrator repeated a sentence or two. I must admit, however, that my understanding of Dungeons and Dragons is much better now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-19

This is a pre step to how to play

This book does not cover how to play DnD. It does a good job of explaining characters archetypes and such, but only sets the tone of what to expect. It doesn't cover any rules or how to's other than how to create a character or make your own props. I feel a bit misinformed by the title and would not have purchased this had I known. I'd recommend searching Youtube or picking up the starter box if you are interested in learning how to actually play.

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  • D. J. Craig
  • 01-04-18

Very Basic Introduction to D&D

I was expecting a more in depth version of the book, explaining more the points in the different dice and the attributes and items the characters can have and why they need them and how each thing works. However, from this book I have come to understand that before I learn all that I have to understand the ground work behind it. As it is with Dungeons and Dragons, it is a massive game and there it a hell of a lot to learn so obviously not everything is going to be included. I have a better knowledge of how a typical game works now and the abilities each character and dungeon master should posses to enjoy the game to its fullest.

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  • Anon
  • 11-08-20

an enjoyable listen, but...

I don't feel I learned a huge amount from listening, most of what he said i had already heard or otherwise assumed. as a new dnd player I assumed there would be more on the rules and actual how to play or otherwise some played out scenarios than the sort of tips he gave. so the title is a little misleading as if you have not played dnd before this book won't help you learn to play

on the upside the tips he gave are generally useful for any RPG not just dnd and once you get your head around the rules what he says is useful.

if your looking for a rulebook or tips on how to play, look elsewhere, however, if you know the rules but want some tips on DMing or the relationship between DM and players, this is a very nice book to go to, was an enjoyable read and had the occasional gold nugget in it

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  • Tim McGurk
  • 04-21-20

DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!

No real information on how to play the game in this audiobook.

The book explains how to make friends with people who play DnD. It covers the general game concept. It explains how to make a dice bag as an arts and craft project. It talks about the basics of writing a fantasy novel, which is totally irrelevant to someone wanting to play their first game. The one thing it doesn't do, is explain the rules or how to play the game!

Total waste of time and money.

The narration is so poor, sentences are continually read twice (either unintentionally, or as some kind of weird joke by the narrator). Leaving you feeling like you are losing your mind.

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