Me and my friends are looking into starting to play D&D. We try to get the minimal necessary books to start whit. I know that the easyest way is to get a red box but its currently out of our price range.

I was looking into the starter kit book -> http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dungeons-Dragons-Starter-Boxed-Game/dp/0786965592/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402064825&sr=8-1&keywords=dungeons+and+dragons

But i fell like i would need the player guid and monster guide to because they are offen bought in a bundle. Is there a way to get D&D book in digital, except the novels of course.

What is the minimal books we nead to start playing ? Of course we would get more stuff later on. And for the field we would use some home made tokens and re-drawable mat.

We would like to start whit 4.0. Thats the lattest right ?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Hi and welcome! The product you've linked is the starter set for 5th edition, which comes out this summer. If you'd like to start with 4, the question I've linked as a duplicate will get you started there. If you'd like to start with 5th, please let us know and we can advise there. \$\endgroup\$ – wax eagle Jun 6 '14 at 14:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you. I will look into that. In your oppinion whitch is better for beginers e4 or e5 ? What are the mayoru differences ? \$\endgroup\$ – Shawn Jun 6 '14 at 14:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Shawn we havent really seen 5e yet. Keep in mind that D&D's "editions" are usually completely different games with a small common legacy. What you want to learn depends on your personal tastes and on those of your fellow players. \$\endgroup\$ – Zachiel Jun 6 '14 at 14:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ But the play stile stays the same right ? I dont mean all the mechanicks but the styple ? What wersion are u guys playing if i may ask ? 4e or older ? \$\endgroup\$ – Shawn Jun 6 '14 at 14:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ 4e is a complicated game to describe. The best description is that its a very refined tactical combat engine with borderline roleplay elements underneath it (not a bad thing, it just relies on more freeform for RP than mechanics). 5e looks to rely less on the tactical combat POV, but we're not sure what the RP elements look like yet. There are copies of the 5e playtest still available online still (drivethru rpg has a couple of adventures that include them), or you could try out 5e when it comes out next month (though not the complete game). \$\endgroup\$ – wax eagle Jun 6 '14 at 14:44