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Mike Mearls & BGG reveal online support, new rules, sneak peeks for new D&D

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons
Wizards of the Coast

The announcement of the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons release schedule brought up a troubling gap in the playability of the game. The D&D Starter Set, released July 15, would not contain character creation rules, but lead designer Mike Mearls confirmed that players would still be able to make characters without the set. That question was answered today at D&D seminar at ACD Games Day. The answer, repeated by Mearls on Twitter: about 15% of the Player's Handbook will be available for free as a PDF. This is consistent with Morrus at ENWorld’s prediction about online support of the character generation, and my prediction that there would be significant PDF support of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Board Game Geek live-tweeted the ACD seminar with some interesting tidbits:

There are some indications that settlement talks may be underway, including the fact that the last two delays in the trial date were at the request of the parties. The stakes are certainly higher now that the D&D property is about to undergo a highly publicized relaunch (see "New 'D&D' Dates, Info, and Pics"); it’s a great time to make a movie.

Mearls revealed more D&D news in rapid succession over the past few hours:

Mearls seems to have been given license to share details about Dungeons & Dragons, so if you have questions try asking him directly on Twitter.