Recently I've got interested in roleplaying. My background is more or less hardcore boardgamer, I have played quite a large number of board games, even some of the most complicated ones and found it huge fun. I have always known about DnD but thought of it as something more abstract, something that requires solid group and bright imagination, things that are difficult to get together. But now I decided that I should give it a try. I found few fellow people who said they would give it a try and ordered a Red Box (4th edition starter) on Amazon. It will come in few days, and I am getting more and more excited.But I have few things that bother me.
What products should I get next? From what I have read, there are two pathways:
- Get three core books, and later add more books with numbers 2, 3 and so on.
- Get essential series books. They are newer, with errata.
Nobody played any kind of RPG games in my group. I thought to get Essentials, but I have read that they limit customization a lot, for example you can't choose what skills you get each level and that's huge for me. I would love to have choice and not go on rails. My players would feel same way. What's the point in playing if every skill you get is predefined? Is this another way in 4th edition core books? What benefits do Essentials give me?
Also what bothers me is that 5th edition will probably come next year, should we wait?
I have heard good things about Pathfinder, but it is overly complicated, based on 3.5 edition, and we would like to try something simpler.
What would you recommend me to do? What great adventures should I get, starting from level 1, preferrably forming a campaign later?
My plan is to play Red Box to end, then go and buy Essentials or Core books. What would you do on my place? I'm planning to DM myself.