Also, the Starter Set has premade character sheets with most of the things relevant to the character explained, so you won't really have to spend much time on making characters.
Yes, D&D 5e starter set plus some player help let me use prior gaming experience and run a game out of the box at a Meetup when we were short GMs.
I use pregens with good explanatory notes and some roleplaying clues for game demos. If you're new, I can't expect you to master a complex system the first time you sit down to play. Even if you've played other games, there's a learning curve for every game.
I'm still learning D&D 5e, as I've played so irregularly my character is only 3
There is also a kind of middle ground between the two. I usually use Theater of the Mind, but if there is a LOT of stuff happening and it's hard to keep it all in my head, I simply take out a piece of paper and casually draw major room elements, then use something like dice or spare coins to represent monsters and characters. This allows people to more easily see what the general situation is without dealing with the exacting nature that the miniatures and battle map have.
Alright, thank you very much for the help. I now know enough to host my game. Big thanksIf you're coming in from board games, then it sounds like using the maps is a good call.
The free rule set online should be plenty. Books mostly just give you more classes and monsters to use, sorta like expansions in board games.
LMOP's book generally tells you where monsters will be, what loot they'll have, and how to run the adventure. You're free to modify it as you see fit, though. The first time you play, it's easiest to stick mostly to what the book suggests. Most of the time, published adventures like LMOP will make most of the decisions for you ahead of time, whereas when you're making up your own stuff, you'll make those decisions.
The rules in the Starter Set aren't very complicated, and they explain things like magic and whatnot. Mostly, magic comes up a lot if one of the players chooses a wizard or cleric as their character, but it's explained on the character sheet and isn't too complicated.
Yes, but only one set. With 2-3 players I don't feel comfortable unless there are at least 50 dice on the table.Well, doesn't the starter box come with dice?