If you've always wanted to get into tabletop RPGs but aren't sure where to start, the gods have smiled upon you with a new Dungeons & Dragons board game. Called D&D Adventure Begins, it's a co-op experience with character customization, iconic monsters, and a variety of bosses to choose from. It'll cost $24.99 (opens in new tab) / £27.99 (opens in new tab) and launches on October 1, 2020.
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Following the announcement of a new campaign (Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden (opens in new tab)) and the return of an old favorite (Curse of Strahd Revamped (opens in new tab)), this particular Dungeons & Dragons board game is designed as an entry-point to the world of D&D. It also adds in different character personalities to choose from, a range of attacks to use, items to collect, and choices to make as a group. Because D&D Adventure Begins gives everyone a chance to act as the Dungeon Master - the person 'running' the story, in this case by reading instructions on a card - it's a whistle-stop tour of the full tabletop RPG's mechanics.
What's more, it gives classic monsters a chance to shine. Each boss in D&D Adventure Begins is inspired by some of the game's most memorable creatures (including the Beholder, which is essentially a bundle of eyes on a floating mouth). They all have a different set of challenges you'll need to overcome to reach them, and that makes each session different.
Thanks to a friendly, approachable art style, this Dungeons & Dragons board game might be a good choice as a board game for kids (opens in new tab) or if you want to introduce family-members to D&D. It seems much more accessible than other D&D games like Lords of Waterdeep or adventures inspired by it (like Gloomhaven, for instance). Although these are some of the best board games (opens in new tab) around, they're complicated enough to scare off a lot of folks. D&D Adventure Begins seems ready to address that.
You can pre-order the game below. And if you're ready to start learning how to play D&D online (opens in new tab), head over to our dedicated guide. Alternatively, check out our accessible write-up on how to start playing D&D (opens in new tab).
D&D Adventure Begins pre-order
D&D Adventure Begins | $24.99 (opens in new tab) / £27.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab)
This entry-level Dungeons & Dragons board game looks to be the perfect introduction to the world of D&D at large - ideal for newcomers, families, or kids. It also has a multitude of bosses, increasing replayability.
Will it become one of the best cooperative board games (opens in new tab)? We'll have to see when it launches October 1, I guess. Until then, be sure to check in with the best tabletop RPGs (opens in new tab) to find out what you've been missing.