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Old 02-10-2020, 01:45 PM
gdave is offline
Join Date: May 2018
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All my personal opinion:

The D&D Essentials Kit is fairly brilliant, and the included adventure, Dragon of Icespire Peak, is very well done. It covers levels 1-5, and hits a very good balance between sandbox, player-directed adventure, and a plot-oriented adventure. Like the Starter Set and The Lost Mines of Phandelver, it's very much set up to teach someone how to be a D&D 5E DM. It also come with a bunch of cool handouts for players.

For grognards who've been playing since the 70s interested in a bit of nostalgia, you might also want to take a look at Goodman Games' "Original Adventures Reincarnated" line, which updates classic D&D modules to 5E (and also faithfully re-printing the previous version and including essays on the original modules and their places in D&D history). The Keep on the Borderlands and The Isle of Dread are roughly in your desired level range.