Playing D&D for free

I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks but now I’m back. During my exam season, I was planning to write some articles here and there. However, due to some issues(some of which were health issues), I wasn’t able to do that. Anyway, all that stuff is gone, hopefully, and now I’m here and want to talk about something interesting.

Lately, I’ve been thinking how much D&D 5th Edition content Wizards of the Coast has released for free. And it’s actually not an insignificant amount. So today, I would like to present you some content that is free and you can use in order to play D&D.


Basic Rules

These are two PDFs that can be found at WotC’s site. The first one acts as the Player’s Handbook and provides help in order to create your character. Of course, it doesn’t include every option from the Player’s Handbook. It contains four races(Dwarf, Elf, Halfling, Human) and four classes(Cleric, Fighter, Rogue, Wizard). It does not provide any feats.

The second PDF combines the Monster Manual and the Dungeon Master’s Guide. It provides a lot of ready monster statistics, some information on creating combat encounters and even some magic items.

Personally, I could survive some time with this content. But I know there are people out there that wouldn’t be satisfied with just that. However, you don’t have to worry because there’s still more free content for you to utilize. Moving on!


System Reference Document

A couple of months ago, WotC released the System Reference Document(SRD) which contains guidelines for publishing content under the Open-Gaming License (OGL). It also contains an incredible amount of content you can use. Since WotC released this content so that it can be used by anyone who wants to publish their work, I’m sure they don’t mind if someone uses it to entertain their home group.

The SRD contains the rest of the classes and races, magic items and even more monsters for the DMs to use for their encounters. Of course, again, it doesn’t include everything. Not every class path is in there, but still it’s already more than enough.


Extra content

Every time WotC releases a new adventure, they usually accompany it with extra free content. This can range from new character options to a small adventure. Links to the extra content can be found here.


Unearthed Arcana

The Unearthed Arcana articles provide extra content every second month. Of course, it should be considered playtest material but it’s still something you can use. Most of the content is character options like classes, races, feats, class paths but it can also be extra rules that handle different situations like large scale combat or even guidelines to create your own content. I have a list of all the Unearthed Arcana articles here.


But what if you’re not satisfied with all that and want even more content? Well, you have one more option.


Dungeon Masters Guild

If you don’t already know, the DMs Guild is a place where people can publish content using Wizards of the Coast intellectual property. And let me tell you, there is a huge amount of good content that is free or pay what you want. You can take a look here and I’m sure you’ll find something interesting.If you’re not sure if something is good enough or need a recommendation, you can check out the Unearthed Arcana articles that showcase DMs Guild content.


After presenting you all those ways to play D&D for free, I would also like to remind you that it is a good idea to support a content creator if you like their work. I’m not only talking about WotC but also all those people on the DMs Guild that are kind enough to release their work as free or pay what you want.


If, even after that, you’re still not satisfied I give up. But only for now, because I’m planning on doing a list of content that is not on the DMs Guild. I would also like to do reviews on content from the DMs Guild. But all of my plans will have to wait until I return from my vacation. Yes, I was absent for two weeks and now I’m back saying I’ll be away again. However, it’s something I must do in order to rest and relax a bit. But fear not because I’ll be back with more ideas. So see you in about a week.

And until then, have fun!


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