The first of three core rulebooks for the 4th Edition "Dungeons & Dragons"(R) "Roleplaying Game." 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. The "Player's Handbook" presents the official "Dungeons & Dragons"" Roleplaying Game" rules as well as everything a player needs to create D&D characters worthy of song and legend: new character races, base classes, paragon paths, epic destinies, powers, more magic items, weapons, armor, and much more.
The new 4th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons has arrived. The new rule set makes numerous changes (eg swap some races and classes, now 30 levels of characters with 3 different "Tiers" L1-10, L11-20, L21-30)
The new powers and abilities that classes and races have are mainly divided into "at-Will", "Encounter" and "Daily" Powers which characters can use to defeat enemies.
Also new to this edition is Skill Challenges, which are basically a system for deciding outcomes to skill related events. (E.G. a chase scene or an interrogation scene.
The 4th Edition version of the games does share a number of features of MMO's, such as more clearly defined character roles and many more options and benefits which effect other party members, rather than just direct bonuses for yourself.
Overall I really like the new rules (in fact the only bad thing is how many 3 & 3.5 books i have on the shelf...)
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