Today marks the official start of 5e D&D (formerly called D&D Next). The D&D Starter Set is available at some FLGS today and will be available everywhere on July 15. The Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons are now available online at the Wizards of the Coast website where you can download the 110-page PDF for free.
Wizards of the Coast made the following disclaimer on page 1 of the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules PDF.
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?”
As I started looking through the D&D Starter Set I found another disclaimer on page 31 of the D&D Starter Set Rulebook.
Disclaimer: Wizards of the Coast is not responsible for the consequences of any failed saving throws, including but not limited to petrification, poison, death magic, dragon breath, spells, or vorpal sword-related decapitations.
This clearly sets the tone of 5e. I think I’m going to like this edition.
Watch for our review of the new D&D Starter Set tomorrow on Dungeon’s Master.