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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Aug. 19 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786965606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786965601
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.1 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 212 customer reviews
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I hadn't played D&D since the mid-1980's, and honestly hadn't heard anything good about the 3.5 and 4th editions of the game.

But a group of my friends discussed the possibility of playing an RPG again. We tried playing WarHammer for a while, then decided to switch back to good old D&D.

We went back and forth over which version of the game was best. Most of us preferred 2nd Edition, but we were all a little curious about 5e, and decided to give it a fair try.

We are now half way through a home-brewed adventure, and I have already committed to running the PC's through "Princes of the Apocalypse" afterwards.

Everyone seems to be comfortable enough with the rules, and the PHB seems to be generally well written with fewer ambiguities and less need for "DM's discretion" or "house rules" than the earlier versions of the game.

One glaring difference from the early days of D&D/AD&D is the fact that the player characters seem to be more powerful at low levels than they used to be. That means they are more likely to survive, but also means that there tends to be a lot more "skills management" for inexperienced players and the potential for players to "min/max" their characters, rather than roleplay. (That is a minor...and somewhat positive...difference, and doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the game...it just means the DM needs to work a little harder to properly balance encounters for the characters.)

All in all, our group is pretty impressed with this "new" version of D&D! Game night is as fun as it used to be 20+ years ago!
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I started playing D&D when 4th came out, so I'm still pretty fresh to it, and admittedly not the best at the game as a DM. I really enjoyed 4th edition when it came out because it was like no table top adventure I'd ever played. I can admittedly say however, that after reading this player's handbook....THIS is an RPG. 4th feels more like a strategy game and this feels more like role playing and I can say I like this more than 4th with confidence in my own opinion(yours may vary). This game feels so much more streamlined so you don't have to stop and look at every stat. There is an armor count, and simplified saving throws.

The races are nice because it offers variations for many of the races(ie. Hill Dwarf, Mountain Dwarf). Making a character was fun for me again and it felt like I was truly fleshing a character out in 5th edition. Developing a backstory and skills that they have obtained.

I truly love how the spells work more in this than 4th. I like that if you're a fighter, you hit with your sword at lvl 1, that's it. You don't have an arsenal of special attacks, it's just "attack"(until you want to become a spellcasting fighter down the road).

Overall, it's streamlined, it's got way more rolepalying elements, and it's thorough. A fantastic handbook.
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It's good. I have purchased four handbooks from Amazon: two on release day, and two last week. The quality has not diminished; it's still a high-quality book. Even with regular use over nearly two years, the book hasn't worn down.

In terms of content, I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer. I mildly enjoyed 4th edition, and consider 5th a huge upgrade for mechanics and combat flow. Experienced players might not prefer it over 3.5, but to be honest that's a hard act to follow, especially considering the vast library of content 3.5 has.

Hope this helps with your shopping.
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My husband loves these - we've done almost all the previous editions of D&D, along with Pathfinder, and this seems to be simpler, but still contain the best of all. Looking forward to starting a campaign! :D
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just an absolutely fantastic game, having piles of fun with a new campaign with friends. i gotta tell you, nothing beats having the book that you can have your fingers in multiple spots and flip back and forth, really is worth it
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I'm an old-time 1st ed. AD&D player. After a lengthy hiatus returning to the world of role-playing games. I bought the new 5th edition books on the recommendation of a friend and I must say, on the whole, I'm deeply impressed.
The 5th ed. Player's Handbook is fantastic. Whether you're a player or DM, everything you need is in there. That to me was the most surprising part. In all seriousness, If you wanted to play and could only buy one book- this is it. (okay, yes, you'll still need some monsters to fight so I would also recommend the Monster Manual or even the new Starter Set to accompany this) But, as a player, you're completely set.
The newly revised classes (and some new races) are amazing. Well thought out, and generally well presented. I do find that as specific questions arise there's a lot of flipping around in the book, but the appendix is very clear and easy to use. After the first nights play you'll be well familiar with where to find everything you need. And believe me, this book has it.
The 5th ed. version of the game is extremely stream-lined and fairly consistent in it's internal logic (remember- I'm coming straight out of 1st ed.!). The impact of having so many game-testers working it out over the last couple years (I read over 175,000? Wow!) is clear. This system is ultimately playable.
My only beef with this volume is the way spells are listed and described. Previously, spells were listed and described by class/level. In this version there are simple lists by class/level, but then it goes on to describe ALL spells for ALL classes in alphabetical order. To me that's really weird but I guess I'll get used to it.
In short, if you're thinking of getting into D&D, or just want something new, BUY THIS BOOK.
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