Christmas is closing fast and you have some annual leave lined up for not-work. If you've been looking to spend time with friends and would like to dabble in the world of pen-and-paper roleplaying during your days off, author and actor Wil Wheaton has some advice for you.
Wheaton, who is somewhat familiar with the topic of roleplaying and tabletop games, wrote a great blog post outlining the easiest way to get into the world of Dungeons & Dragons:
Speaking as a voice of experience, who has played the game since 1983, and who is intimately familiar with every edition and potential entry point: the very best way to get started is to pick up the 5th edition starter set ... It’s written specifically for people who are new to the game, so it walks you through the basics and gives you information that you need when you need it, instead of overloading you with a bunch of facts all at once.
If you like what you see, Wheaton recommends buying the core rules, though the basic rules can be found online at no cost. His next suggestion is to hit up Geek and Sundry's videos and articles, particular those by Matt Mercer and Satine Phoenix.
Finally, if you want to craft your own adventures, there's plenty of material to draw on, courtesy of D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast. That said, feel free to save yourself some bucks and put your own creativity to work instead.
What’s the best entry point for Dungeons and Dragons? [Wil Wheaton]