As part of my vacation I visited my sister in Ottawa to see what our nation's capital had to offer. A strange coincidence was that Wizard's Tower also happened to be in Ottawa (which I totally did not know despite having subscribed to their email mailing list for a few months). I found a way to get myself there and to my surprise they had the D&D Next Player's Handbook available (it wasn't supposed to be until a week or so later) so I picked it up. I spent a few evenings reading over the rules and the new character options and was quite impressed. It was the first D&D book I had purchased since I think 2nd edition AD&D.
With the Player's Handbook in hand I proceeded to round up the group and decided to roll up new characters for a new adventure. So far the party has a Tiefling Warlock and a Dragonborn Paladin and both players sort of half-rolled half-picked their background which I'll describe a little later. One of my favourite features of the new handbook are the pre-built backgrounds which really helped my players generate a background for their characters. That's one aspect of RPG games that we often overlook as a group and with a bunch of them already presented it's not hard to find one that you like and roll or pick the details from the tables provided. Absolutely great in my opinion.
Now on to the two characters so far! (no names yet though)