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D&D Reaching Out to Younger Audiences With Young Adventurer’s Guides

February 28, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
D&D Young Adventurers

It’s a new era of success for Dungeons & Dragons. The rise of Fifth Edition and the explosion of D&D streaming services has led to unprecedented growth for the leader in the roleplaying game industry. It’s a far, far sight from the era of the 1980s and 1990s, when Satanic panic led to the game being put up against the wall to the point that they tried their best to sanitize the game with removal of anything demonic.

Nowhere is there a clearer sign about how much those times have changed than in D&D’s newest products. Wizards of the Coast is now trying to reach younger audiences through their Young Adventurer’s Guides. The books will be published by Ten Speed Press and are intended to introduce kids from the eight to twelve year-old range to the game. The covers for the first two books, Monsters and Creatures and Warriors and Weapons, are below.

Both books are illustrated guides which contain way for young aspiring players to start entering the world of roleplaying. In Monsters and Creatures, “you’re transported to the legendary and magical worlds of Dungeons & Dragons and presented with one-of-a-kind entries for some of its most sinister, foul, and memorable monsters.” The book features illustrations and insights on some of the monsters as well as “information on the size of each monster, its danger level, and tips for how to survive an encounter.” It will also include introductory “Encounter” stories “so readers can practice the problem-solving skills they’ll need to fight these monsters when they play a D&D adventure of their own.”

As for Warriors and Weapons, the book “includes detailed illustrations of the weapons, armor, clothing, and other equipment that fighters use, and offers the tools young, aspiring adventurers need for learning how to build their own characters, including sample profiles, a flowchart to help you decide what type of warrior to be, and brainstorming challenges to start you thinking like an adventurer whether on your own or in the midst of an exciting quest with friends and fellow players.”

The books will be available on July 16th, with two more (Dungeons & Tombs and Wizards & Spells) on the way as well. You can find them for pre-order at Amazon here and here.

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