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I'm a beginner to DnD, and I've been reading everywhere that you should buy the Red Box Set, but this is about $100, in comparison to the DM Kit, Monster Vault, and Hero's of the Forgotten Kingdom (Which has a supplement to the PHB Correct?).

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The 4th edition Red Box is out of print. The $100 prices you see is basically what it is worth as a collectible, not the original price tag that Wizards of the Coast put on it. While it is a nice introduction, you don't get very far with it, so you are probably better off if you buy the other three products you mention.

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Will it be worth investing into 4th Ed. With DnD Next coming out soon? –  UnknownGnome May 4 at 18:29
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I don't think that is a question that can be answered objectively. D&D Next is not some sort of evolution of 4th edition, it is a very different game (and closer in style to earlier editions of D&D). If you can wait until the release of D&D Next, starting with the "current" edition will probably be a lot easier than trying to buy out-of-print books from the previous one. –  Tobold May 4 at 18:33
    
Thanks for the answers! –  UnknownGnome May 4 at 18:34

I, as a DM do not think that you need the red box. I think that it is just (another) money making technique that they use. I think you only need Phb and Dmg (players' handbook and the dungeon master's guide) in the respect of books. The DMG only needs reading once or twice but the PHB I recommended having copy in some form (physical or virtual). Happy playing!

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