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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook: Special Reference Work Hardcover – 1978

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: TSR Games; 6th edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935696016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935696011
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #358,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first of the series of the world famous AD & D role-playing aids. To complement the original version we've asekd new cover art. It is the ideal vehicle of imagination for intermediate through advanced players, ages 10 and up. #2010 1978 TSR By Gary Gygax illustrations by David C. Sutherland III

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By P Brown on Oct. 29 2014
Format: Hardcover
this was exactly what i wanted
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Gary Gygax is the Master. March 19 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been roleplaying for years, many many years. I have seen games come and go, I have seen the white box set of G. Gygax. I have seen games like RuneQuest, Warhammer FRP, MERP, Torg, so many games.
Yet this is the real start, the real truth of how great roleplaying can be. You might find 3rd edition more intricate, more things to do in it, but the original AD&D players manual and DM manual were the best in my humble opinion.
This book shows how to create characters quick and just start roaming the worlds that the DM makes. GET IT. and the Dungeon Master Manual by G. Gygax. You will love it better than almost anything else the roleplaying world has to offer.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Cover art Sept. 23 2010
By Paul C. Gorman - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Printings 1-8 of the AD&D Players Handbook had the orange demon idol cover by David Trampier. The ninth and later printings had the (in my opinion, vastly inferior) bearded wizard cover by Jeff Easley. I beseech sellers to specify which cover and which printing is on offer, particularly since this Amazon page specifically lists Trampier as the illustrator.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
packed with information for advanced d&d players April 7 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
this "special reference work" is truly all it claims to be; "a compiled volume of information for players of advanced dungeons & dragons, including: character races, classes, and level abilities; spell tables and descriptions; equipment costs; weapons data; and information on adventuring" and then some. a wise investment.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
the first component of the spell that is D&D! July 23 2011
By buffalo1a - Published on
Format: Hardcover
!st get the red demon statue cover (check the pics) of this book thats goes with the red demon Dungeon Masters Guide (DMG),
this is the first part of the original trilogy of D&D books, I'll tell you what we didn't need a ton of skills,
we had a dungeon master and ability checks,and imagination. (yes there are some basic background skills in the DMG),We didn't have tiles and tons of miniatures, we sometimes only had a figure of our character with d6's being monsters on a blank table top, some times we had the chessex battlemat, but we had fun, hours of fun, and yes there were even marathon games that lasted two straight days, but this game gave us so much thats why the reviews.
bottomline get The PHB,DMG, and The Monster Manual, I played and ran games for over 10 years with just these books,
I did eventually get Dieties and demigods, Monster Manual 2, and unearthed arcana btw played this version of Dungeons and Dragons for over 20 years. before finally moved to where there were no more real players, but all good things....I played all the versions of d&d but nothing had the flavor of the original.
the Bottomline is:
with just these three books you really can play Dungeons and Dragons the way The Mad Wizard Zagig really intended
and the wealth of information in the DMG is well worth it and there has Never been a more complete DMG than the first DMG.
get these books and go find Adventure
Thank you Gary Gygax for giving so many of us the best gifts of all imagination and adventure.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
AD&D Dec 3 2009
By NornBreeder - Published on
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Simply the best D&D system there is. Focuses more on roleplaying and less on making invincible charecters. I have played 1.0 through 4.0 and I have to say this is the best system there is for people who just want to have fun. Perfect for begginers and vetrans.