Listening to the recent episode of the D&D Podcast titled D&D Product Overview, I heard Mike Mearls and Friends lay out the plan for D&D Products for the coming year. In it, they confirmed what I had suspected.

The currently on the market “D&D Roleplaying Game Starter Set” is an expanded module: playbook, dice, tokens, map tiles, characters.

The forthcoming “Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Roleplaying Game Starter Set” is, however, analogous to the Red Box of old: a solo-play adventure, a small group-play adventure, and then simplified rules to begin creating your own campaigns. In fact, they are taking the analogy so far that all through the presentation, Mearls kept talking about it as “the red box” and the box art is intentionally evocative (if not derivative) of the old-school packaging.

Hopefully the two will end up with different names, but both should be interesting for hooking new players.