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Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Core Rulebook Collection [Box set] [Hardcover]

Wizards RPG Team
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June 6 2008 D&D Core Rulebook
All three 4th Edition core rulebooks in one handsome slipcase.

The Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game has defined the medieval fantasy genre and the tabletop RPG industry for more than 30 years. In the D&D game, players create characters that band together to explore dungeons, slay monsters, and find treasure. The 4th Edition D&D rules offer the best possible play experience by presenting exciting character options, an elegant and robust rules system, and handy storytelling tools for the Dungeon Master.

This gift set provides all three 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks (Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual) in a handsome slipcase that looks great on any bookshelf.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great if you want run a game of D&D June 9 2008
By E. Vallee TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This boxed set of the first three core rule books for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons is great for anyone looking to run thier own game. You only need this set if you plan on being the Dungeon Master, a.k.a. "DM". Otherwise you should look into picking up just the Player's Handbook. This new 4th Edition of the game streamlines the whole experience and focuses on making the game more fun and less about micro-managing your numbers and stats. The newly designed books are easier to read and find what you are looking for. The Player's Handbook now has a section for Magic Items, which used to be exclussively found in the DM's Guide. As good as the Player's Handbook is, the Dungeon Master's Guide is a well rounded book explaining everything you need to run a fun game and answer any questions or problems you may encounter. Finally the Monster Manuel is a wonderful addition to this set. Listing hundreds of monster with full color layouts and background and tactics, you can make any game night one filled with adventure and montrous battles. I would say that this new version of the game runs very well, but for those who truly liked the feel of the older games, you need to know that this is a newer version that may feel different to some, or a return to it's former glory to others. It is very easy now to pick up and play, and even people who may have been put off by earlier games will probably find something to like here. I can't recommend it enough. I just want to add that I still play AD&D 2nd edition and D&D 3E with my groups, and 4th Edition has won a place at on our game nights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Update of The Classic RPG Aug. 14 2009
This iteration of D&D is all about playability. I never got into 3.5 or 3rd Edition, but I have played 2.5 and enjoyed it immensely. This plays somewhat closer to an electronic RPG in that Fighters have 'powers' but still retains the soul of D&D that made it so classic. The best addition in my opinion are the non-combat skill challenges, they really open up the game world and allow you to play your character intensely. As far as downsides go, I somewhat dislike the fact you NEED to use the dungeon tiles and such, but seeing as how it is intrinsicly tied to how some classes, such as Fighters play, I can deal with it. All in all I thoroughly enjoy this iteration, it's more user friendly than 2.5, and avoids some of the nonsense of 3.5.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Really well priced Aug. 17 2008
Really well priced. Still reading it but they really improved from the 3.5. I have the impression that the game has been pushed to be played fast. No more summoning for Wizards, less stuff to track, same rules for all.

Waiting for my next game to start people on it :)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent game! Sept. 12 2008
In playing for a few months, I've found this to be an excellent game. Easier to understand, better balanced, and less work for the game master (so they can have more fun too!).

The only "complaint" is that the books are not as fun to read (still easier, but less "work" is involved), but the game play is far better than the previous edition.

Everyone in my group, from the 9 year old (my son) to the grizzled gamer with 20+ years of D&D under his belt enjoys this new edition. I highly recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes simpler is better April 24 2014
By SeaHen
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Although I have the same complaints about 4th Edition as most 3.5e veterans, the new system is better for pickup games and for bringing new players who aren't familiar with their race or class. The ability-card system can be handy, but to make the most of it you need a color printer and some castoff commons from a TCG. The wizard class is still complicated -- you have encounter and daily spells that you swap out on your daily recharge, and scrolls are gone. I also dislike how you can never craft an item that's at the same level as what your teammates have been looting, unless the DM agrees to generate treasure from your shopping lists (which doesn't make much sense plot-wise, unless all your quest hooks are about items you're searching for).
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5.0 out of 5 stars great price! Aug. 10 2013
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The purchase was for all three books and a case. came as advertised and you certainly can't beat the price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is a most excellent game ! July 1 2013
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Do not be fooled by the presentation - this game is easy to learn and play. While it is true that there are a good deal of powers for each and every class, in truth, you only need to know the ones you're using.

Also, everything of import is explained and detailed when you need to use it.

If you're a DM coming from 3rd edition, you will revel in the ease of prep - especially if you compare the time required to acquire system mastery !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid product. Jan. 5 2013
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Like all core books of dungeons and dragons this one did not disappoint. If you have seen a core book before do not expect anything different from the Formula used by Wizards for Dungeons and Dragons. Only disappoinment was the 4th edition ruleset itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not D&D as I remember but fun never-the-less
Now that the 5th edition of D&D has been announced I finally decided to purchase this box-set. I bought it mostly because I am completist, not because I ever planned on playing it. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2012 by wralt123
4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction
I have not played D&D since 2e , lucky for me I was given the D&D RED BOX set as a gift and that got me interested in checking out 4e. Read more
Published on June 5 2011 by Andrew M
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th edition core set
As a long time role gamer and both player as well as DM I can state 100% confident this NOT Essentials is the proper way to enter this edition of the game. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2011 by Lesley Roberta
5.0 out of 5 stars Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Core Rulebook Collection
Was thrilled when this arived. It only took a couple days to get to my house, which was way sooner then I expected well worth it!
Published on Jan. 12 2010 by Drakken75
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The package was quick to be delivered and was in great condition. Plus I really enjoy having all the core books of this new edition. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2009 by Amara
5.0 out of 5 stars The good old days are here again!
I started playing D&D in 1983, at a cottage in Ontario. Little did I know that it was going to become a major part of my growing up, or that I would spend countless hours... Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2009 by K. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars D&D 4.0 core rulebook collection
This book set is defiantly a five star buy. The Amazon price was 50 dollars less, compared to my local hobby shop price. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2009 by Badsteel
4.0 out of 5 stars Not nessessarily an imrpovement, just different
I'm going to focus this review in comparison to the excellent 3.5 system. While I have a few complaints about the 4. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2009 by Fritz
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