5E D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook

Henrix

Villager
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.
 

Neuroglyph

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

The new D&D Player’s 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 Player’s Handbook is incredibly detailed, well designed and executed, and many fans and gamers will likely enjoy the ease and diversity of character creation. Admittedly, there’s something oddly meta about an “official” D&D edition feeling a bit like an OSR game, but potentially there is something in this game system that any roleplayer can enjoy – and being able to access the rules online gives a gamer ample opportunity to try-it before they buy-it.
 

Patrick McGill

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

Honestly, I’ve 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 that’s a good damn thing.

I have quibbles, to be sure. Better indexing of spells, some missing sub races and sub classes I’d 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. It’s 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 it’s just a pretty book.
 
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Mistwell

Hero
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.
 

JEB

Villager
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.
 

Corrosive

Adventurer
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!
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
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.
 

bigdill23

Villager
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!!
 

ashockney

Villager
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.
 

koga305

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

The Player's Handbook for D&D 5E is exceptionally well-crafted and shows off the system wonderfully. It has nearly every character option you could want from a first product, a simple and balanced system that makes play a breeze, and some awesome new(ish) innovations like Backgrounds and Advantage/Disadvantage. The only flaws are that a few classes are a little underdeveloped (Ranger and Sorcerer stand out) and organization for spells could be implemented better - but the book's many virtues more than make up for those minor issues.
 

Weird Dave

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

Are you a gamer? Did you get introduced to roleplaying games through some past incarnation of Dungeons & Dragons? Do you have fond memories of playing D&D with your family and/or friends? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the new Players Handbook for D&D 5th Edition might just be your re-introduction to that fantastic world of adventure and exploration. Beautiful to behold, easy to learn, quick to play, this book contains everything you need to play in a realm of your imagination without bogging it down in miniatures, grids, or too many charts. Get it. You won't be disappointed.
 

Alphastream

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

For all that the various beta playtest packages gave us reason to worry, the final 5E PH pulled everything together and smoothed out nearly all the rough edges. The book is gorgeous and incredibly well written. The rules are elegant, speak to the past, but also incorporate much of what was learned in 3E and 4E. This is a fantastic book on all counts.
 

Nojo509

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

Lots of fun classes with a really nice rule system. There's a return to story telling, rather than simulation that I like. I just wish they went further in that direction.
 
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Jargogle

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

Streamlined, intuitive, but with plenty of character options, this is the best PHB released since 2e. Add in gorgeous art and little errata, it is a truly solid development. Map and minis play are back where they belong: an option, not an assumption or requirement.
 

grafikchaos

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

This book is all of the best of the past editions of D&D put into a very well-written, gorgeous book. I fell completely out of role playing shortly after 3rd edition came out, and tried to get back in with 4th, but the game changed so much from what I knew and loved, that I just didn't bother. But then, the playtest hit, and for free, I thought I'd give it another shot. After a couple iterations of the playtest, and knowing that the best of what was presented was going to make the final game, I knew I had to come back. This is D&D how it's meant to be played. Just enough rules and mechanics to keep things interesting, but nowhere near what could have been done. This edition totally sparks my imagination, makes me want to DM, want to play, and just want to game. I love, love, love this new edition. If you're new, give the basic rules a shot for free. If you want more, then go and buy this book, period.
 

Hand of Evil

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

Okay, it was about time D&D got back on track and this version of the PHB does do that, bringing back that old feeling. Add to that, great layout and presentation the book is beautiful, there is some great art in the book but also a couple of bad ones. Would have like to see some of the charts repeated in the back of the book for easy reference.
 

Wolfskin

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

As someone who started gaming with AD&D 2e, the 5e PHB is my favorite D&D corebook since the 1995 edition. To me, 5e is a rather streamlined successor of AD&D that, while learning a lot from the two past editions, stays true to 2e in simplicity and feel.
 

Nebulous

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

Overdone in the art department at the expense of some more rules, but otherwise this is a strong addition to the D&D line and a sure return to the game we all loved that took a misstep in the recent past.
 

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