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Beyond the Basics is a companion book to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules created by Wizards of the Coast and includes 76 encounters featuring some of D&D's most recognizable and beloved creatures across 237 pages.

With encounters ranging from wrangling suits of animated armor sent out into the city to shout one-star reviews of a smithy that angered a petty enchantress, to rallying a community of dwarf artisans against a tyrannical adult red dragon, Beyond the Basics is a great introduction for new Dungeon Masters, as well as a breath of fresh air for more established players.

We hope that you enjoy this vivacious collection of exciting encounters that are sure to inspire your imagination and lead your players on some of their most memorable and hilarious adventures yet!

Includes encounters written by Alicia Furness, Blinne Emersyn, Brandon O'Brien, Cat Evans, Celeste Conowitch, Charlie Smith, Corrine Beck, Cory Mason, Ignacio Santander-Alfonso, Jazz Eisinger, Jeff Ellis, Jen Vaughn, Jessica Marcrum, Jessica Ross, Joey "Gnomedic" Barranco, Jordan Marshall, Lynne M. Meyer, Ma'at Crook, Megan Irving, Paige Ford, Robin Caulfield, Stephen Trafford, TK Johnson, and Virginia Page

Interior art by Eric Grimm, Ignacio Santander-Alfonso, Jen Vaughn, Kayla Cline, Ma'at Crook, Morgan Robles, and Tumo Mere

Layout by Anne Gregersen

Cover art by Jen Vaughn

Logo by Kayla Cline

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Harrison S September 15, 2022 4:30 am UTC
Great resource for new GMs, I picked it up for a friend who runs a school group. Two minor criticisms though:

1. There's no print-friendly version of the PDF that omits the background "parchment" texture.

2. While there's an alphabetical table of contents, an index of encounters by their intended party level would make this much easier to use.

I picked this up for a friend who runs a 5e D&D school group, and will be making a spreadsheet for her (and for her budding GMs). Columns will include party level, play time, difficulty, and the content warnings flagged by each adventure. I'm happy to send the spreadsheet to the authors if they'd like to add it (or a csv file, or a laid-up PDF) to the product downloads.
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This title was added to our catalog on September 20, 2019.