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Free D&D to release July 3rd, fireworks not included

According to both the Wizards of the Coast Dungeons & Dragons twitter account (@Wizards_DnD) and Mike Mearls, senior manager for the D&D research and design team, the D&D Basic Rules (translated: FREE rules) will be available this Thursday, July 3rd.

Boom, baby!

Boom, baby!

Just in time or July 4th (also known as Independence Day), frantic gamers everywhere can celebrate the freedom of D&D 5th Edition Basic Rules by hacking, slashing and casting to their hearts content without paying a dime and totally legally to boot.

Casually mentioned among Mearls’s June 3oth “A Bit More on the Basic Rules for D&D” Legends & Lore post on Wizards.com is this nugget of goodness:

“The Starter Set will be available at Wizards Play Network stores this week, starting on July 3. That day will also see the release of the basic rules for D&D on the Dungeons & Dragons web site.”

[Emphasis added by me.]

If you’re like me, this came as a bit of a surprise as many of us were expecting a mid-July release of the free rules. As a reminder, the D&D Basic Rules are PDF only but contain everything you need to play an actual, ongoing game of D&D Fifth Edition.

As Mearls puts it:

“As for the contents of the basic rules, let’s take a peek under the hood to see what you can expect. It’s important to remember that all of this material is drawn from the Player’s Handbook. The basic rules for D&D are not a separate game, but rather are a subset of Dungeons & Dragons.”

I’m really excited by this, and plan to cast a Color Spray spell to celebrate our very own geeky independence celebration thanks to a cool move from Wizards of the Coast and the Dungeons & Dragons team.

Spray those colors, you crazy diamond. Spray those colors.

Spray those colors, you crazy diamond. Spray those colors.

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