Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins Lets You Roleplay on a Budget

Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins is a new board game approach on streamlining the worlds largest TTRPG

Published: July 23, 2020 3:05 PM /


Dungeons and Dragons Adventure Begins board game cover

Wizards of the Coast is always trying to get more people to play its tabletop games and it's cooked up an interestined new way to do it. Dungeons and Dragons Adventure Begins is a brand-new board game that streamlines the gameplay and may well serve as a good first step into the world of D&D.

How do you play this D&D board game? Check out the How to Play D&D: Adventure Begins video to get a thorough look at a single gameplay session.

Longtime fans of D&D will be well familiar with what's going on in the video, but a lot of core gameplay is missing. Combat and actions are boiled down to much simpler dice rolls — there's no concern about not having the right character builds or anything like that.

It's not all downsides, though. Dungeons and Dragons Adventure Begins will feature a modular game board design that will surely increase replayability. Knowing Wizards of the Coast as we do, I wouldn't be surprised to see them release some expansions for this game later on down the line, too.

Wizards isn't abandoning the storytelling element, either. The back of cards have things for the DM to read out, and some of these get downright silly in the best of ways. One of these prompts, for example, requires all players (save for the DM, of course) to get up and "dance the dance of their people."

Dungeons and Dragons Adventure Begins board game slice

What's In the Box?

Although this new D&D game is being sold at a budget price, it's still jam-packed with a bunch of goodies. Here's what you get in the box:

  • 4 plastic mini-figures
  • 4 boss tiles
  • 4 d20 dice for the players
  • 1 d10 for the Dungeon Master
  • Damage clip
  • 4 health trackers
  • Plastic deck holder
  • 20 hero tiles
  • 4 dungeon boards
  • 24 gold tokens
  • 4 adventure decks
  • 1 item deck
  • 4 reference cards
  • 8 backpack cards
  • 4 gatekeeper decks
  • 1 boss stand

When is the Dungeons and Dragons Adventure Begins Release Date?

This D&D board game looks pretty cool — when will you be able to get it!

There's good news and bad news on this front. The bad news is that you're going to have to wait a few months: it doesn't launch until October 1, 2020. The good news, however, is that it's only going to cost you $24.99, making this one of the cheapest ways to take your first steps into the world of D&D.

For now, you can pre-order Dungeons and Dragons Adventure Begins on Amazon for $24.99 or your regional equivalent. If you've ever been remotely curious about the world of D&D, it's a great way to start.

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