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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook: Special Reference Work [Hardcover]

Gary Gygax , D.A. Trampier C. Sutherland

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Product Details

  • 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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,714 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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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Gygax is the Master. March 19 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover art Sept. 23 2010
By Paul C. Gorman - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AD&D Dec 3 2009
By NornBreeder - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Players Handbook (AD&D 1st Edition) is a masterpiece. Dec 12 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
From the unusual and intrigueing cover art, to the huge lists of spells and other tables, the Player's Handbook is a masterpiece - and requisite for smooth character creation and game play.
Of course, 1st edition (possibly used more that 2nd edition), is a dream to play, and this book aids the player (and referee!) during game play, but will later be read like a novel - you'll be lingering over grand prose and illustrations for hours.
I strongly recommend that if you are interested in Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, either as a gamer or a critic, you locate and purchase this book - it will add life to your library and intense enjoyment to your life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the first component of the spell that is D&D! July 23 2011
By buffalo1a - Published on Amazon.com
!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.

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