Some of you guys are making it sound like a "Basic Set" would replace your Core Book. How? Like the Core Book will become expired, or obsolete, in some way? Probably some bad taste left over from when 4e got replaced by the 4e Essentials line. I know that feeling.
Why? Because I said I wouldn't buy one? Not sure where you get that. I'm sorry I don't want one, and I don't see this game as needing to be newb friendly. I just don't. I don't know where you get your strawman tho.
The hypothetical and anecdotal is all that's happening here. Keep that in mind. As far as I can tell, there is no official talk for new rules, revisions, basic or otherwise.
I ain't raving against it even if it is. My point was "I don't want one." not "Gurffledurgleburglegrump!!! Tarnation this makes me mad!!! Grrrr."
But I like teaching RPGs. Most of the players in my campaign have never played D&D. I never thought I'd be interested in "Basic" sets, but success of the Pathfinder Beginner Set really changed a lot of thinking about that stuff. Also entry level stuff makes really good tools for teaching. On that note, compared to Pathfinder or D&D 4e, DCC RPG is about as beginner friendly as it gets. Maybe not as friendly as Swords and Wizardry, or any other OSR game based on the BECMI or pre-supplement Original Edition, but pretty friendly in practice (I ran many demos last year), this is quite contrary to what it says in the forward.
Luckily since DCC is d20 you have a lot of options already.
And please, Basic D&D was designed to be a gateway drug, how successful it was in doing so is fair to debate, I know I played it wrong for quite a while. But we didn't have anyone to teach us, nor were there videos of actual play as there is now. Once a "real" DM showed up, my mind was blown.
Since it came out like 5 years before AD&D I highly disagree with that speculation. D&D was in no way an entry level game. It wasn't until much later that they set up that dynamic, and it didn't work because D&D wasn't designed to be that. Sorry, but this is just incorrect.
The Pathfinder Beginner Box is $30 street.
MSRP is $34.99 That's $5 difference from the whole book of DCC.
And there's a lot more to a box set price than the page count. In particular...the box is probably one of the most expensive components. What is so wrong with a quick start guide?
But like I said last time. If you want to spend money on a beginner level game, be my guest, but I don't have to want to, and I don't. I'm sorry if that translates to you that I hate the idea at a molecular level...I don't...I just have no use for it.