Digital tabletop RPG platform D&D Beyond will offer two D&D books for free, starting from Thursday, May 19. In a ‘dev update’ video posted on May 12, D&D Beyond’s head of content Joe Starr announced the starter adventure Lost Mine of Phandelver will be free “in perpetuity” – possibly to prepare for the new starter set Dragons of Stormwreck Isle’s release date later this year.
D&D Beyond will also make Acquisitions Incorporated free for seven days from May 19. A sourcebook that turns adventuring into a business-like franchising endeavour, Starr said this book was chosen “to celebrate the acquisition” of D&D Beyond by Wizards of the Coast. “Fortunately, we had a book with acquisitions in the title,” he added, “so we ran with it”.
The free books are another announcement in a long list since Hasbro’s D&D Beyond acquisition was first announced. The new book Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse releases a day early (on Monday, May 16) to accommodate the handover, and Joe Starr reminded viewers of possible D&D Beyond down time on May 18. D&D Beyond also removes two books on May 17.
Want to find out more about the free books before you pick them up? This guide has tips for playing Lost Mine of Phandelver, and you can find out more about Acquisitions Incorporated in our D&D books guide.