posted on Sep, 14 2011 @ 02:29 PM
reply to post by Drezden
Pretty much has most of what you'd want to know. (for 3rd edition)
It's missing some stuff that is not open d20 license, but has most of what you'd need to actually play.
Any number of online references could be found.
The basic idea of D&D or any other pen & paper RPG, is that you assume the role of a character that has special abilities. You then interact with
other players (who are playing their own characters) in a setting designed by the DM (Dungeon Master).
Picture it as telling stories around the campfire, except that you each contribute to the story with what your characters do, and the DM is the main
narrator. What you can and cannot do is governed by common sense, and the game mechanics.
Like World of Warcraft, but with much more emphasis on story, and achieving goals, quests, etc. In WoW, you'd go kill a dragon for a cool loot drop.
In D&D, you'd go kill a dragon because it is terrorizing the countryside, and perhaps the local lord is throwing a lot of gold your way, or a title,