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Wizards of the Coast

Game system(s): D&D 5th Edition,
Line: D&D 5th Edition Core Books,
Genre: Fantasy,

Fri 08 August 2014
Jeremy Crawford, Rodney Thompson, Peter Lee, James Wyatt, Robert J. Schwalb, Bruce Cordell, Mike Mearls,
Hardcover (320 pages)
$49.95

Fun with stats: D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook is ranked #19 out of 59 products with 10 or more reviews, placing it in the 69% percentile. It is rated 13.5 points higher than the overall average product rating of 76.5%. With 116 reviews, this is the #1 most reviewed product.

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The Playerís Handbook is the essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons roleplayer. It contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more. Use this book to create exciting characters from among the most iconic D&D races and classes.

Dungeons & Dragons immerses you in a world of adventure. Explore ancient ruins and deadly dungeons. Battle monsters while searching for legendary treasures. Gain experience and power as you trek across uncharted lands with your companions.

The world needs heroes. Will you answer the call?
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    5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

    One of the things that stuck out in this edition of the PHB was that it was very well written. The texts are inspiring and evocative. Look at things like the backgrounds and you'll find character ideas jumping out at you.The rules are short and compact, intuitive and very easy to use and tweak, while still making the characters fun to play.
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    4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

    The new D&D Playerís Handbook is a truly remarkable RPG product, and a fine new addition to a very long lineage of Dungeons & Dragons editions. The layout and writing are superb, and the illustrations are breathtaking, making the whole book a fantastic tome to just sit and read through. The contents of the new D&D Playerís Handbook is incredibly detailed, well designed and executed, and many fans and gamers will likely enjoy the ease and diversity of character creation. Admittedly, thereís something oddly meta about an ďofficialĒ D&D edition feeling a bit like an OSR game, but potentially there is something in this game system that any roleplayer can enjoy Ė and being able to access the rules online gives a gamer ample opportunity to try-it before they buy-it.

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    4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

    Honestly, Iíve played the play test from the very beginning, so there weren't any surprises here. The book itself, as a product, however, meets the expectations that I have for table use, and thatís a good damn thing.

    I have quibbles, to be sure. Better indexing of spells, some missing sub races and sub classes Iíd like to have seen. Maybe some more complicated rules for weapons and armor. None of these stain the fact that this book, and the game itself, is great. Itís fun. It draws upon a venerable past, evokes imagery that sets the imagination to work. It feels like the summation of a lot of hard work, and itís just a pretty book.
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    5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

    I love this PHB so much. It feels more like a TSR-era edition of D&D than a WOTC edition, with a renewed focus on story elements, mystery, discovery, and rulings instead of textbook-level rules.

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    5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

    I've been a D&D player since the 2nd Edition days, but this Player's Handbook has quickly become my favorite. It really does seem to take the best bits from its predecessors (and competition) and combine them wonderfully. It's not 100% perfect, but it seems very near.

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    4 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

    Best PHB ever? No, that goes to the 1E PHB. But it's the best PHB in decades. D&D is back on the map in a serious way!

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    5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

    WotC scored a hole in one with this one. A great read, fantastic art, and a solid game. This should be part of every gamer's collection.

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    5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

    So much about 5e is streamlined for easier gameplay. For example, advantage/disadvantage is a great tool for DM's to resolve previously difficult situations to decide. And, it seems as though wizards have been brought back down to earth and so overly advantageous compared to other classes, while the monk and warlock are finally worth playing. Great job, WOC!!

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    5 out of 5 rating for D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

    Everything I would have hoped for from an extensive playtest and worthy of the Dungeons and Dragons brand. Bravo to Rodney, Mike, Greg, and team.

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