Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Player's Handbook Collection Review
Find a friend with the Dungeon Master's Guide and some dice and you're ready to play...
The Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Player's Handbook Collection includes two rule books for the game, The Player's Handbook and The Player's Handbook 2. Together they contain all of the rules that a player needs to know to play the pencil and paper RPG that is basically responsible for spawning the whole genre. The first book gives a nice introduction to the game and to role-playing, covering not just the basics of play but how to approach creating a character and developing his or her personality. The remainder of the book is a reference guide detailing the races, characters, skills, and spells available in the game. There is also a nice section on combat, which explains most of the concepts of battles in the game from movement and flanking to cover, complete with illustrations to reinforce the concepts. The second book is primarily a reference that expands on the first, adding eight new character classes, as well as new races and powers. Both books are hardbound, and feature glossy covers and pages. They are packed with fantasy art that is presented in full color and provide beautiful illustrations that help to bring aspects of the Dungeons & Dragons universe to life. My only complaints are that it does not include any dice and the only way you can know that the game uses a number of unusual dice from four to twenty sided is to begin reading the first book. Secondly, this is not everything that you need to begin playing the game, as the very important role of the dungeon master is left to another book that is not included as part of this set. A set with book one of the Player's Handbook and the Dungeon Master's Guide and a set of dice would be perfect, but at least with this release you're essentially getting the second Player's Handbook for free.
Transmitted: 3/28/2015 9:55:39 AM