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."