This morning Mathew L Martin on En World discovered a tantalizing series of pre-order pages available on Barnes and Noble's website.
|D&D Starter Set Screen Capture|
The first pre-order available is for the Dungeons and Dragons Starter set. The set is being sold for the incredibly reasonable price of $17.99 on Barnes and Noble, with a suggested retail price of $19.99; with a release date scheduled for July 15, 2014. If this leak can be believed then it looks like the initial buy in for the new edition will be incredibly reasonable.
The question now centers around the Starter Set. Is it going to be a boxed set as I hoped for when I wrote Thoughts on Dungeons and Dragons Next Launch Date back in December or will it be something more similar to what we've gotten with the recent Encounters publications of Murder at Balder's Gate and Legacy of the Crystal Shard (two soft pamphlets and a Dungeon Master's Screen)?
Hard to say at this point in time.
|D&D Player's Handbook Screen Cap|
The second screen cap is of the Player's Handbook pre-order page. This one is much more disconcerting because of the retail price point. While Barnes and Noble is offering it for the reasonable price of $37.96 the suggested retail price is $49.99. If that price turns out to be the standard then a complete set of the Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual will run you around a $150.00 if you buy each of them at your Friendly Local Gaming Store - or say, GenCon - or $113.88 if you buy them from Barnes and Noble.
Guess which one I'll be buying from.
It should be noted that the release date to the general public will be August 19, 2014, two days after Gen Con ends. So if you're going to Gen Con this year, you've got a chance to purchase the Player's Handbook before anyone else - aren't you lucky?
As a final note on the new edition it is absolutely wonderful to write that they have dropped the stupid Next appellation and are now simply calling it Dungeons and Dragons. Thank you Wizards of the Coast for giving us a game title that doesn't sound like it was a joke on a bathroom stall!