A beginner’s guide to DnD

Is DnD a board-game or a video-game?

Dungeons and Dragons is a tabletop roleplaying game and while it does have its fair share of complicated rules, it’s not a board-game.

Background prep

  • The DM manual
  • The monster manual

Have fun

DnD is a game where you get out the more you put in. The more involved you are in roleplaying your character and the more involved the DM is in crafting their world then the better the experience will be for everybody.

Character Creation

When you create your character you have 3 things you need to decide on

  • Your class: Cleric, Warlock, Sorcerer etc..
  • Your backstory: Noble, Thief etc..

Basic rules of DnD

  1. Saving Throws
  2. Combat

Skill Checks

Skill Checks determine what you can do in the world. Can you punch a door in? Can you pickpocket someone? Can you translate a Dwarfish rune?


DnD is a turn based game so when combat starts, the DM will ask players to roll a D20 to determine initiative. The DM will also roll a D20 for each monster and then sort everyone’s turn order by initiative.

  1. Attack
  2. Cast a spell

Advanced rules

The above rules don’t cover any class, race, environmental or weapon specific rules. However, the player manual has an excellent table of content which you can refer to and even though there may be lots of advanced rules

Have fun!

I hope this guide got you excited and confident about starting a DnD campaign with some of your friends. It’s really an experience like no other and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

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