D&D 5e Starter Set (The Lost Mines of Phandelver)

Starter Set (Lost Mines of Phandelver) Book Cover Starter Set (Lost Mines of Phandelver)
Dungeons & Dragons
James Wyatt
Wizards of the Coast
July 15, 2014

Explore subterranean labyrinths! Plunder hoards of treasure! Battle legendary monsters!

The Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set is your gateway to action-packed stories of the imagination. This box contains the essential rules of the game plus everything you need to play heroic characters on perilous adventures in worlds of fantasy.

Ideal for a group of 4 – 6, the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set includes a 64-page adventure book with everything the Dungeon Master needs to get started, a 32-page rulebook for playing characters level 1 – 5, 5 pregenerated characters, each with a character sheet and supporting reference material, and 6 dice.


A friend of mine convinced me to start playing Dungeons & Dragons last fall. He had been trying to get me to play for years (if you’re reading this, you know who you are) and I finally said yes when his group needed another person or their game was not going to happen. My reason for not playing D&D up until then was not because I had something against it. It was because I knew I would jump in feet first and lose time on other hobbies. And I was right. Six months later, I talked with the same friend and decided to start another game with myself as the Dungeon Master (DM) running things for the players. This being a first-time experience for myself and some of the players, we decided to work with the Starter Set and the adventure it comes with, The Lost Mines of Phandelver.

The premise of this adventure is that a dwarf discovers a legendary lost mine where magic items were made many years ago. He hires the players to bring him supplies and rides ahead to a nearby town. On the way, he is ambushed and captured by some baddies who also want the mine. The story begins in earnest with the group being attacked by goblins on the road. This adventure takes place in the Forgotten Realms, the world where all the pre-made D&D adventures (modules) happen within the D&D multiverse. At least for the current version of D&D (5e). It is not too long of an adventure and takes the players from level 1 to level 5. My group finished it in about 3 months with the group meeting once a week for 4-5 hours at a time. Overall, it was an extremely positive experience for our whole group.

Since the players can do anything (within reason), there is only so much this book can cover. There were multiple times my group did things not covered by the book and I had to improvise. Plus a few extra challenges I made up as we went along to keep my players on their toes. But from my total newbie players to my seasoned veterans, everyone had a good time. Including me, as a first-time DM. While I have not played any other D&D modules (yet), my experience with The Lost Mines of Phandelver was nothing but positive. I highly recommend it for any group of D&D players, whether you are new to the game like me or a seasoned player who wants to enjoy a low-stakes adventure.

August 4, 2019

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