Wizards of the Coast announced that the Player’s Handbook for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons will be released at this year’s Gen Con, but if you can’t make it, you can preorder the books at Amazon at reduced prices (UPDATED: 5/23):
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set: Fantasy Roleplaying Fundamentals
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set: Fantasy Roleplaying Fundamentals ($12.66, July 15)
Includes a 64-page adventure book, a 32-page rulebook for player characters levels 1 to 5, five pregenerated characters (including character sheets) and six dice. There’s some controversy as to what’s in the box, as lead designer Mike Mearls has said that players will be able to make characters without the starter set, but has yet to elaborate as to how. Morrus at ENWorld has a theory:
My complete wild guess? "You will not need PH or Starter Set to make a character" means simply that there will be an online character builder from launch. That's only a guess, though. On digital stuff in general (including PDFs), Mike said "Sorry, can't talk about that yet - still some issues to iron out on the digital front." Very secretive, but it sounds hopeful. However, it seems there may be more to it than that - "Sorry, we're still finalizing things, but I think we have a pretty nifty plan. The stuff we haven't talked about yet is where DMs and players go next - there's a step between the Starter Set and the Big 3."
Player’s Handbook ($32.06, August 19)
The Player’s Handbook includes character creation (races and classes), advancement, backgrounds, skills, exploration, combat, equipment, spells, and more.
Hoard of the Dragon Queen
Hoard of the Dragon Queen ($23.81, August 19)
The first part of a two-part series, this adventure features the Cult of Dragon, Tiamat, and the Red Wizards of Thay. The PCs join the Harpers and Zhentarim to oppose the cult.
Monster Manual ($40.55, September 30)
All the monsters for Dungeons & Dragons, including the iconic beasts like dragons, mind flayers, and beholders.
The Rise of Tiamat
The Rise of Tiamat ($24.35, October 21)
The sequel to Hoard of the Dragon Queen, this higher level adventure features a final end game with Tiamat herself. Both The Rise of Tiamat and Hoard of the Dragon Queen were designed by Kobold Press; the company plans to share more information every Tuesday:
From now until Hoard of the Dragon Queen is released to coincide with Gen Con, we’ll post more info about the adventures—plus artwork and designer notes—on the Kobold Press blog as a new series we call Tiamat Tuesdays. We look forward to telling you more about this amazing project.