D&D Next has dropped!

You can grab your own copy of the basic rules from Wizard of the Coast’s site for free.  My first first first impressions:  the layout and graphic design is very nice, the explanations of play (and guiding new players) is not bad, and they’ve done a good job at evoking the rich worlds of D&D.

But the pièce de résistance is right on page 1:

Disclaimer: Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the consequences of splitting up the party, sticking appendages in the mouth of a leering green devil face, accepting a dinner invitation from bugbears, storming the feast hall of a hill giant steading, angering a dragon of any variety, or saying yes when the DM asks, “Are you really sure?”


I haven’t read the rules yet, and I’ll know I’ll have have further thoughts on those.  But after that disclaimer, they’ve got a mountain of goodwill from me.