Welcome to the official community group for the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game! Membership to the group is open, so feel free to join up and keep track of all the latest Dungeons and Dragons community news.
This group is the hub for public playtesting of upcoming D&D games and products. Join this group to gain access to the latest playtest material, to join discussions about playtesting, and to offer feedback to the R&D team. See the Online Playtest Agreement for details.
This group is your source for the latest information on playtesting the next iteration of the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.
To download your official playtest packet, please visit http://dndnext.com and follow the instructions provided. You will need to log in with your Wizards account or create one if you do not already have one.
D&D NEXT PLAYTEST Sign-Up and Download the current D&D Next playtest PDF rules and make yourself familiar with them. As NEW playtest material and packets are release, we will be incorporating them into the game.
GAME FORMAT Played via email, but game format will be iPhone, iPad, Android and Tablet friendly. Must be able to receive HTML emails with Picture and PDF attachements.
GAMEPLAY You will be required to send a Character Turn each time you receive a DM Update email. A DM Update email will be sent once on each weekday. (Monday - Friday) There will NOT be a DM Update email sent on weekends, but feel free to send Character Turns anytime during the weekend.
24 HOUR RESPONSE Each player will have 24 hours to completely resolve their turns after receiving the DM's update email. This includes questions asked and answers given. RESPONSE EMAILS All players explore or combat turn email responses should be sent as a 'Reply-To-All' email. If you have a questions or concerns, just send a 'Reply-To-Sender' only email.
PG-13 RATING Please keep character actions and comments within the 'PG-13' rating guidelines. No 'R' or 'X' rated conduct.
GAME RULINGS If a question or concern is not asked or resolved by the end of the current turn, the questions or concerns will take effect in future turns only. No back logging.
DICE ROLLS All dice rolls will be generated by the DM and sent to your email address via the EvilDM email dice roller. All dice rolls will be based off of the GAME Character PDF file attached to the DM update email.
MOVEMENT IN COMBAT The squares on the game map represent a 5 foot distance. Characters move by indicating the direction, North, South, West and East, then indicate how many squares are moved in that direction. For example, if your character is going to move 15 feet to the North (3 squares to the North), you will indicate this with the designation [N3]. [N] Indicates the direction you move and  indicates how many squares your character moves. If your character is going to move in one direction first and then head another direction afterwards, simply state both direction designations with a comma to separate them. For example, if your character moves 15 feet to the North and then 15 feet to the West, you will indicate this with the designation [N3,W3]. Diagonal movements are also simple to indicate. For example if your character is going to move 15 feet Northeast and then 15 feet Southeast, you will indicate this with the designation [NE3,SE3].
PLAYER ABSENCES If you will be unable to send your turn, feel free to contact me and let me know what is happening or post the absence in the group calender. Also, contact me via email to let me know how you would like your absent turn handled. This way I can plan on how to handle the absence and keep the game moving.
THREE STRIKES YOUR OUT If you deliberately violate any of these rules three times, you are removed as a player and another player will take your spot.
MAIN FOCUS OF THIS PBEM RPG Playtest the new D&D Next Rules, ask questions, be descriptive, express actions through creative writing, do something new and exciting. Most of all HAVE FUN!
LURKERS ARE WELCOME Just contact me and let me know that you would like to lurk and I will add you to the email list. As a lurker you are not allowed to participate in the game at all. Violation of this rule will result in your lurker status being denied for all future games. If you have something you would like to say, post in the Comments section below. Check the group forums to catch up on the current adventure unfolding right now.