Wondering how you can jump into a D&D Adventurers League game and begin your travels across the Realms? Here’s a handy guide to getting started in five easy steps!
1. Download & Read the Adventurers League Player’s Pack (and Basic Rules)
Think of these documents as something like a Tutorial.
If you’re completely new to D&D 5E, understanding what the rules are can smoothen your journey from zero to hero and rapidly propel you to success.
If you’re coming from a Homebrew background, reading these materials can help you understand the differences between Adventurers League games and the D&D you’re familiar with and some of the expectations that come with organized play.
(You’ll need an account with DMsGuild to download it, but signing up for one can be as easy as logging in with Facebook).
2. Create a Character
Once you’ve read through the AL Player’s Guide, it’s time to build your first Adventurers League character.
Most stories in Adventurers League take place in the world of the Forgotten Realms, a traditional high fantasy setting, and you can build this character using options from the Player’s Handbook, as well as other D&D books allowed – whether it’s Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, Volo’s Guide to Monsters or Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. The campaign documentation for the setting you’re playing in has the full details.
If you prefer to start in the grittier, arcanopunk world of Eberron, your options are more limited. Eberron characters are created using options from the Player’s Handbook, the Eberron: Rising from the Last War book, and Xanathar’s Guide to Everything.
Your character begins play at Level 1, accrues experience, and levels up as you play more D&D Adventurers League games. You can fill in your character details on a blank Character Sheet downloadable from the official D&D website, or through online resources like D&D Beyond.
If you’d like to pass on the math and jump right for a game, we have a stable of iconic pregenerated characters you can choose from too.
3. Register for a Game
Games are divided into tiers that determine their relative difficulty. For new players in Adventurers League, you’ll want to look out for adventures in Tier 1 (for characters from Level 1 to 4) or one of our monthly Introduction to D&D sessions.
Once you’ve registered for a game, be sure to contact your Dungeon Master through Discord to let them know. Members of our community are friendly and welcoming, and are always happy to help out if you’re new to D&D!
While our community does not charge for public games, you can support the community by buying our Discord server a Boost, or supporting the Dungeon Master that ran a game for you with a tip or purchase on DMsGuild.
Be sure to ask them how you can help them make the experience better for everybody!
Due to the global Covid-19 situation, DDALSG games are currently run online, on our Discord. As a community, we do not encourage, endorse, nor offer physical D&D games for health and safety reasons. If you choose to participate in a physical game of D&D at any venue, understand that you do so at your own risk.
4. Play some D&D
Jump in, roll some dice and have fun when the big day arrives!
Most Discord games rely on theater-of-the-mind and your imagination, and you can roll dice in the chat channel using Avrae, the official D&D Beyond dice bot.
Be sure to let your Dungeon Master know if you need help at any point during the game, or if there’s something you’re unfamiliar with.
5. Log your Adventure
When the adventure ends, it’s time to reap your rewards. Your Dungeon Master will tell you what information you’ll need to put down on your log sheet as a record of your participation in the game.
You may choose to keep a physical record on the log sheet provided in the AL Player & DM Pack, or use a website like Adventurer’s League Log to do so.
Your logs help track your character’s progress, advancement, and rewards from playing various adventures, and are required if you wish to play your character at higher levels.
Sometimes, a Dungeon Master may also ask to see your logs so they can better tailor the experience for you.
This guide should hopefully make getting into your first Adventurers League game easier.
If you think this article has been helpful, be sure to let us know. We would also love to hear your feedback after you’ve played your first game with us!