The Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons an update on August 13th, and though there are a few changes that should be noted before hammering out the PDF links to you and sprinting towards coffee and sunlight, I’ll try to be brief.
Player’s rules have been updated to version .2 and you’ll probably want to download the updated PDF here. New spells, backgrounds, Forgotten Realms deities, and more have been added. Go on, take a look for yourself, a change log will be kept at Wizards’ Basic Rules home base reflecting what you’ll want to know from each new version. Errors do appear in the update, but should be noted in the change log.
Side note to my players: The Player’s Handbook will arrive on Tuesday, August 19th. If you don’t feel like keeping up with the rules updates you really don’t have to. We can run through the Handbook outside of our game nights and roll new characters for future use anytime.
Dungeon Masters also get their own set of the free rules, and as a new DM myself, I think that splitting up the rules was a wise choice. The DM Basic Rules covers stat reading, monsters, NPCs, building combat encounters, and magic items. It should be a fun and helpful read while we wait for the November 18th release of the Dungeon Master’s Guide.