My wife and I are both very new to D&D. I've played two games, and she joined our group on the second. The guys we were playing with are distinctly not interested in 5e. That's cool, this isn't about edition wars, but to quote Mike Mearls on the Gencon Keynote panel, "... D&D Next, at the end of the day is D&D." I have expectations of things D&D Next based on technology that simply did not exist when even 4e was published, but that is for other threads.
- My wife and I have dice, we do not have token sets or miniatures. No play mats or sets of anything else. There is a "Beginner's Box" offered by 'some other company' on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KPv80QsBfI that looks pretty much like what we would need to really playtest 5e if I got the box and set aside the books. Does that make sense? Is there a WotC version of this? I would prefer to throw money at WotC if that is what will help me get to the point of playtesting 5e, but throwing out the other company's books and using the resources in the box appears the most straightforward way to get token/ miniatures and a battle mat. A 'win' for me is if I knew what used "Beginner's Box" for 3.5e I could purchase off eBay so I would have the 3.5e books plus hardware for the 3.5e group I just started with, but it looks like "Redbox" skipped the 3.5e release. I'm really new at all this, please forgive my ignorance. But if I could buy that other company's Beginner's Box with the 3.5 ruleset, and if the hardware in that "Beginner's Box" was enough for me to go through 5e testing without wondering what to do, I would be very happy. Of course, if anyone has ideas on how I could get just the hardware cheap, that beats searching for freebie tokens and taping together grid paper to make up the Blingdenstone Adventure included in the packet.
- I believe I am up to learning multiple rulesets and that the differences are not so much they would be a problem for me. I'm quite sure the 3.5 guys in the group will prevent me from exercising any 5e rules that do not apply. I don't know how big a deal this will be for my wife, however. Are the differences between the 3.5e and 5e rulesets so different that it would cause problems for someone just learning the game?
- There is a joke that ends with the punchline, "Oh, you can wear whatever you want, 'cause it's just going to be you and me!" Not only are my wife and I both learning the game fresh, at the moment it looks like it will be just the two of us. Would anyone have resources on strategies for a GM running a PC with one other PC? Is it possible for us to run our 'upgraded' Sorc and Druid... no druids yet... Fighter? Is it possible for me to actually have this thing work in a way that we can both learn, enjoy, and help test 5e as n00bs without having more pain than any realistic gain?
Thank you for considering how I can get the hardware resources to participate in this playtest, and what strategy I can use for a "Just you and me" game with my wife.