From the back cover: "No more searching through stacks of books and magazines to find out what you need to know. Character level statistics Equipment lists with costs Spell listings by level and descriptions of effects including many new spells. As a Dungeon Adventurer or a Dungeon Master, you will find the contents of this book to be what you have been waiting for. All useful material is now compiled under one cover, especially for players! There were 17 official printings of this book, though printings 6 to 10 all say "6th printing". In the s, small publishers such as those used by TSR produced hardback books in a multi-step process involving human labor at every step.
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It does not contain the complete set of rules for the game, and only includes rules for use by players of the game. Many optional rules, such as those governing extremely high-level players, and some of the more obscure spells, are found in other sources. Since the first edition,  the Player's Handbook has contained tables and rules for creating characters, lists of the abilities of the different character classes , the properties and costs of equipment, descriptions of spells that magic -using character classes such as wizards or clerics can cast, and numerous other rules governing gameplay.
The first true Players Handbook was released in June, as a page hardcover. The original cover art was by D. Trampier ,  who also provided interior illustrations along with David C. Sutherland III. The new rules were so open-ended that game campaigns required a referee or Dungeon Master.
The Players Handbook contained the information needed to play the standard character classes : clerics including druids , fighters including rangers and paladins , magic-users including illusionists , thieves including assassins , and monks.
Turnbull noted, "I don't think I have ever seen a product sell so quickly as did the Handbook when it first appeared on the Games Workshop stand at Dragonmeet", a British role-playing game convention; after the convention, he studied the book and concluded that "whereas the original rules are ambiguous and muddled, the Handbook is a detailed and coherent game-system, and very sophisticated.
In , TSR changed the cover art of the Players Handbook , although the interior contents remained the same. Numerous foreign editions of the Players Handbook were published, including versions for the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and Germany. Dealers continued to place orders for the 1st edition Players Handbook even after 2nd edition was released, causing the final printing to be in July , a year after the release of 2nd edition.
In , Wizards of the Coast released a new printing of the original book, billed as the "1st Edition Premium Player's Handbook", as part of a set of limited-edition reprints of the original 1st Edition core rulebooks: the Monster Manual , Player's Handbook , and Dungeon Master's Guide.
Martin, and Dave Sutherland. The Player's Handbook for 2nd edition was compatible with 1st edition rules, but was streamlined and clarified. In , a new version of the 2nd edition Player's Handbook was released as part of TSR's 25th anniversary. The 2nd edition Player's Handbook was reproduced as a premium reprint on May 21, The third edition, published August 10, ,  with the Player's Handbook debuting at that year's Gen Con  represented a major overhaul of the game, including the adoption of the d20 system.
The third edition also dropped the word Advanced from the title, as the publisher decided to publish only one version of the game instead of both basic and advanced versions. Monte Cook , Jonathan Tweet , and Skip Williams all contributed to the 3rd edition Players Handbook , Dungeon Master's Guide , and Monster Manual , and then each designer wrote one of the books based on those contributions. The 3rd edition Player's Handbook also saw the return of half-orcs and monks to the core rules set,  along with some all-new classes.
The reviewer from Pyramid commented on the release of third edition, stating: "There's a lot to like about Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition as seen in the Player's Handbook. The new artwork is gorgeous and evocative, and in the pages of the main rulebook there's a lot of well-written and tightly packed rules.
In July , the rules were revised again to version 3. It contains four new classes, along with new spells, feats, and new role-playing options. The 3. The first Player's Handbook includes eight classes: cleric, fighter, paladin, ranger, rogue, warlock, warlord, and wizard, and eight races: dragonborn, dwarf, eladrin, elf, human, half-elf, halfling, and tiefling. The warlock and warlord classes, and the dragonborn and tiefling races, represented new additions to the core rules, while the book left out previous core elements such as the monk and bard classes and the gnome and half-orc races.
Wizards of the Coast emphasized that those elements would be coming in subsequent Player's Handbooks and would be considered to be as central to the game as those in the first book. Retrieved on The book was designed by Mike Mearls , Bruce R. Cordell , and Robert J. It includes six classes: ardent, battlemind, monk, psion , runepriest, and seeker,    along with four races: wilden,  the minotaur , githzerai ,  and shardminds. The PHB3 also includes new multi-classing rules for hybrid characters.
The fifth edition Player's Handbook was released on August 19, The Player's Handbook contains the basic rules of the 5e system, the base classes and races, and character customization options. Chuck Francisco of mania. There was something too generic and uninteresting about player characters which pervaded the system, especially in the wake of 3. In the process, 4e characters lost an indescribable crunchy feeling, but I'm pleased to say that it's been brought back for the newest installment of this venerated table top series.
Andrew Zimmerman Jones of Black Gate comments on the 5th edition Player's Handbook : "Their rules light approach make it a natural system for old fans to bring new players into the hobby, but even with this initial offering there are enough customization options to keep old school gamers happy playing with it.
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Each spell is presented here in exactly the same format. The spell is first identified by name and type of magic it involves. Thereafter its level, range distance it can be cast , duration, area of effect, components, casting time, and saving throw are shown. Finally, an explanation of the spell and a description of its effects are given in some detail. Duration is given as number of turns, rounds, or simply "instantaneous", as in the case of a Lightning Bolt which lasts only a brief moment. See TIME. Area of Effect shows how large an area the spell covers, or how many persons or creatures it will affect,.
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It allowed for more versatility in making characters and more detail and depth than the basic game had. Not to be confused with Adult Dungeons and Dragons. There were tons of books and finding rules for everything was sometimes a chore. Especially the options that separated race and class, alignments, and finding all the monsters stats could send you through 30 books. Gary Gygax saw fit to begin compiling all of the info into easy to search, themed books. It eased up on the default classes for non-humans. It was still compatible and there was no rage.