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Player's Handbook

by Jeremy Crawford, Michele Carter (Editor), Bruce R. Cordell (Author), Mike Mearls (Author), Christopher Perkins (Editor)4 more, Robert J. Schwalb (Author), Chris Sims (Editor), Rodney Thompson (Author), James Wyatt (Author)

Other authors: Aaron Allston (Contributor), Steve Argyle (Illustrator), Dave Arnseon (Contributor), Milivoj Ćeran (Illustrator), Tom Babbey (Illustrator)119 more, Daren Bader (Illustrator), Drew Baker (Illustrator), Keith Baker (Contributor), Richard Baker (Contributor), Mark Behm (Illustrator), Eric Belisle (Illustrator), Greg Bilsland (Producer), Brian Blume (Contributor), Christopher Bradley (Illustrator), Noah Bradley (Illustrator), Sam Burley (Illustrator), Clint Cearley (Illustrator), Sidharth Chaturvedi (Illustrator), Jedd Chevrier (Illustrator), Andy Collins (Contributor), David Cook (Contributor), Monte Cook (Contributor), Barry Craig (Designer), Florian De Gesincourt (Illustrator), Allen Douglas (Illustrator), Brian Dumas (Production Services), Jefferson Dunlap (Production Services), Chris Dupuis (Contributor), Jesper Ejsing (Illustrator), Craig Elliott (Illustrator), Wayne England (Illustrator), Scott M. Fischer (Illustrator), Randy Gallegos (Illustrator), Justin Gerard (Illustrator), David Gershman (Production Services), Florian De Gesincourt (Illustrator), Kim Graham (Project Management), Lars Grant-West (Illustrator), Scott Fitzgerald Gray (Editor), Ed Greenwood (Contributor), Jeff Grubb (Contributor), E. Gary Gygax (Contributor), John Hay (Project Management), Rob Heinsoo (Contributor), Bree Heiss (Designer), Nina Hess (Contributor), Tracy Hickman (Contributor), Jon Hodgson (Illustrator), J. Eric Holmes (Contributor), Miranda Horner (Contributor), Ralph Horsley (Illustrator), Lake Hurwitz (Illustrator), Tyler Jacobson (Cover artist), jD (Illustrator), Harold Johnson (Contributor), Don Kaye (Contributor), Trevor Kidd (Brand and Marketing), Julian Kok Joon Wen (Illustrator), Kekai Kotaki (Illustrator), Rob Kuntz (Contributor), Tom LaPille (Contributor), Olly Lawson (Illustrator), Raphael Lübke (Illustrator), Peter Lee (Author), Chris Lindsay (Brand and Marketing), Raphael Lubke (Illustrator), Kim Lundstrom (Brand and Marketing), Titus Lunter (Illustrator), Slawomir Maniak (Illustrator), Shelley Mazzanoble (Brand and Marketing), Frank Mentzer (Contributor), Brynn Metheney (Illustrator), Aaron Miller (Illustrator), Christopher Moeller (Illustrator), Kim Mohan (Contributor), Tom Moldvay (Contributor), Mark Molnar (Illustrator), Roger E. Moore (Contributor), Scott Murphy (Illustrator), Douglas Niles (Contributor), William O'Connor (Illustrator), Tom Olsen (Contributor), Hector Ortiz (Illustrator), David Palumbo (Illustrator), Ben Petrisor (Contributor), Alessandra Pisano (Illustrator), Claudio Pozas (Illustrator), Rob Rey (Illustrator), Wayne Reynolds (Illustrator), Aaron J. Riley (Illustrator), Hilary Ross (Brand and Marketing), Liz Schuh (Brand and Marketing), Chris Seaman (Illustrator), Matt Sernett (Contributor), Cynthia Sheppard (Illustrator), Neil Shinkle (Project Management), Bill Slavicsek (Contributor), Craig J. Spearing (Illustrator), John Stanko (Illustrator), Matt Stawicki (Illustrator), Nathan Stewart (Brand and Marketing), Alex Stone (Illustrator), Emi Tanji (Designer), Thom Tenery (Illustrator), Laura Tommervik (Brand and Marketing), Steve Townshend (Contributor), Cory Trego-Erdner (Illustrator), Beth Trott (Illustrator), Autumn Rain Turkel (Illustrator), Jonathan Tweet (Contributor), Jose Vega (Illustrator), Tyler Walpole (Illustrator), James Ward (Contributor), Margaret Weis (Contributor), Julian Kok Joon Wen (Illustrator), Richard Whitters (Illustrator), Eva Widermann (Illustrator), Jennifer Clarke Wilkes (Contributor), Anita Williams (Production Services), Skip Williams (Contributor), Steve Winter (Contributor), Ben Wootten (Illustrator), Kieran Yanner (Illustrator), Chris Youngs (Contributor)

Series: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Core 1)

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An essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons roleplayer, this text contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more.
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This is my 3rd D&D player's handbook and I really like how they've gone back to a more traditional feel to the game while still allowing for (and giving support to) DMs and Players who are used to the miniatures and tiles based play of 4th edition. I'm excited to start DMing under 5e in the coming weeks. ( )
  boredwillow | Mar 4, 2023 |
Much improved from the previous editions. Much easier to deal with! ( )
  melsmarsh | Oct 25, 2022 |
I was a die-hard fan of 3.5e for a long time but 5e seems to be a worthy successor! I really enjoyed this handbook and look forward to giving it a spin.

I started playing in times of AD&D 2e and this system was unnecessarily complex even then and the worldbuilding was absolutely minimal. So when 3.5e came around it was very refreshing, books looked inviting, it felt epic, and it gave a sense of the world that adventures happen. 5e takes it to the next level - mechanics are simplified, but it doesn't limit player's options; the book is full of story hooks and many are baked into character creation (read: mandatory); it provides glimpses of different settings and sets basic themes of each (multiverse in the 1st core book!).

5e seems to be fast and intuitive mechanic-wise and gives a lot of inspiration for both DM and PCs to build an epic story. It gives a variety of options to chose from and basically everything you need to start playing (even without other core books). A lot of OP combos, powers, and spells seem to be nerfed or eliminated, so I hope for a balanced play where every choice (race/class/etc.) gives a player an awesome experience.

My only issue with this book is the lack of a short core mechanics summary. The index is very poor and frustrating, there is no glossary (like in 3.5e), and the book is full of "You will learn more about it in Chapter X". So when you want a summary of what the Proficiency Bonus is for, you need to skip through 4 different chapters of the handbook to get a full picture. ( )
1 vote sperzdechly | Dec 28, 2020 |
Guys, that's official. I'm addicted to DnD. ( )
  Alevis | May 17, 2020 |
Possibly the best D&D edition so far crawls out of its baby bed. It's still to soon for this baby to grapple with its elders but the die has been cast with force. The newest D&D has new things that seem so fundamental in retrospect it's hard to realize they haven't always been there. Full review coming up on my blog. ( )
  JorgeCarvajal | Feb 13, 2015 |
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Carter, MicheleEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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