Dungeons & Dragons: Books
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This list does not include books designed for use as premade adventures. This set was the beginning of the split into two separate games, driven by disagreements on the direction the game should take. As such, this edition saw the publication of numerous books to assist players. The naming of the core books in this edition became the standard for all later editions. This included only minimal text change such as removal of rape references in DMG books are now labeled "ages 10 and up".
I tested it out with a group of neophyte gamers, and we had a blast. Wizards of the Coast has been steadily demolishing my skepticism about the new edition, and the Starter Set has finally disintegrated it altogether. The boxed set itself is very nice — the huge, full art on the cover looks great, and it's a big, sturdy box. It comes with a page rulebook, a rather thick adventure book, and a full set of polyhedral dice. Nice dice, with a rich, marbled blue color.