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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: #88,688 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
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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
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
Great product, timeless classic Jan. 14 2009
By Wandering Traveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There's not much to say that hasn't been written before, but I'll say this: For anyone who is interested in Role playing games of ANY kind, computer, online, tabletop, etc., THIS IS A NECESSARY BOOK. It is the definitive PLAYERS MANUAL. Whether you are going to create your own RPG, or want to return to the days of the First Edition AD&D, this is a great resource. The style of writing evokes a sense of adventure to the reader. You begin to unlock the potential inside your creative spirit. You immerse yourself into the endless possibilities that make AD&D such a rewarding experience.

When you read this book, you get a good guide to how create balance in your characters, how to flesh out the often overlooked details, the priorities that will face those characters. This is good for anyone who has to deal with a character - whether you aspire to be a great author, or you find yourself memorizing lines for a play or movie. You need to know how to create a character.

Even an old lawyer can find a few things new each time he or she opens this book. Gygax was able to take real-world knowledge and convert it into a game that had practical implications long after you finished playing. You learned to see the world through different lenses. You learned to "play a role." And in life, we all play lots of different roles.

I'm an attorney, and I find myself having to think of new ways to help jurors learn how to see through a new lense. I still find that the insights that Gygax provided in the Player's Handbook come in handy.

Its a great buy. No matter how old you are, or young, and no matter if you actually play Dungeons and Dragons or not. You can learn so much from this book. Its enjoyable to read, fascinating to skim, and informative in some surprising ways. You'll even find a GREAT short lesson on how GOOD and EVIL, LAW and CHAOS interact with one another. Some theologians and philosophers can't even explain that stuff as well as Gygax did in this tome.

Buy it. Keep it, and glean from it. Its a treasure.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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
Players Handbook (AD&D 1st Edition) is a masterpiece. Dec 12 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.