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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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November 11th, 2021
Honestly, what an incredible resource this product is. First of all, it's HUGE--you're bound to find something in here that you can use. But also the information in this book is so versatile - you can use it to add a little flavor to your cam [...]
October 28th, 2019
I honestly can't wait to whip some of these out on my players in our new campaign. I've been using monsters in a very standard way and thanks to Beyond the Basics not only do I have encounters for when I don't have the time or energy to make my own, I [...]
September 30th, 2019
This is a wonderful resource for DMs who might need a little nudge of inspiration in designing dynamic and engaging encounters with a boatload of the iconic monsters of D&D. A ton of great authors collaborated for this project, and the variety pres [...]
September 26th, 2019
One of the most useful kinds of content for me as a DM is something that is more than a random encounter (like 2d6 goblins or whatever) but less than a full adventure, something I can quickly insert into a session over anything from 30 minutes to two [...]
September 26th, 2019
An excellent collection of encounters centrered around each of the creatured found in the D&D Basic rules, with a description of the scenario and a level suitability guide. Most have the option to resolve as either a social or combat event, so work [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on September 20, 2019.