Never played this starter game. I wasn’t the target customer when this set came out, well into the D&D 3rd edition era. It’s a very simplified set of those rules. In an age before online videos, folks could teach themselves to play the game, starting from zero.

Beginner sets of Dungeons and Dragons have sometimes been low effort releases over the years, with poor quality components and a lack of execution.

Not the case here. Wizards of the Coast really went to some effort in this 2004 set.

Dungeon & Dragons Basic Game (Wizards of the Coast, 2004)
WTC 96647 … ISBN 0786934093 … Jonathan Tweet
A new boxed set containing all the basics for those new to the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.
This brand-new boxed set is designed to give those new to roleplaying an introduction to, and a good understanding of, the D&D game experience. It contains everything needed to play exciting adventures, including a complete set of roleplaying dice, streamlined rules drawn straight from the Dungeons & Dragons v3.5 core rulebooks, and 16 miniatures from the D&D Miniatures line. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons, this box was named for a classic boxed set from the first years of the game’s history and is a great way for current players to introduce the game to a whole new generation.
Components:
– 16 non-random miniatures
– rulebooks (Read This First sheet, Quick Start Rules, First Adventure Book, Advanced Rules)
– character sheets and character/monster cards
– 4 double-sided map boards
– complete set of D&D dice

D&D Basic Games in inventory.


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Evocative lid art by Wayne Reynolds

 

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Suitably enthusiastic young teens. Box is sturdy.

 

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Tiles (4) made of paperboard; two-sided. I like the dice; very colorful, and easy to read. (…and Regdar!)

 

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They must be edible. Great set of dice, really. One of the d10s is numbered in tens.

 

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The iconic 3rd edition characters. You’ll see them all over the 3rd edition rulebooks. Regdar!

 

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Best for last: 16 painted WotC plastic miniatures. 4 heroes, and 12 monsters. No “el cheapo” tokens here. The cardsheets have one card for each monster miniature.