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4th Edition Blows Doors Down

Posted on 20 June 2008 by LoryGil

In preparation for writing this, I had to ask myself, “Can you do a book review for a player’s handbook?” The answer is, yes, especially when said player’s handbook is Dungeons and Dragons© 4th Edition Player’s Handbook. I know what you’re thinking, “I didn’t even know they made a second edition.” Well, they did…and a 3rd, so there.

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The thing that makes the 4th edition so special is that it changed the basic game play. There are some new races, like Dragonborn and Tiefling and classes, which is typical of new editions of the game, but there are also a few new racial traits and a new class path called Paragon Path as well as Epic Destiny, which will eventually let you become an Archmage, a Deadly Trickster, a Demigod (my favorite) or an Eternal seeker. The change in game play is so overwhelming that I won’t even be able to explain what I’ve played so far let alone the whole thing

I started a new campaign with a group of friends that I have been gaming with since Edition 3.5 came out. We gathered after work the first Wednesday after the new edition was released and built our characters. I decided to play a Dragonborn, which is one of the new races. I could have gone with one I was more familiar with, but what’s the point in playing the new edition unless you try out the new stuff. It’s like starting a new character in the second expansion of World of Warcraft and not using a Blood Elf. I chose the fighter class because I’m not a fan of hiding behind rocks and throwing magic missiles all the time.

Looking at the new character sheet was like playing for the first time. I didn’t even have the old character sheet down too well as it was. The skill list has been condensed and the character’s ability to use them has changed. There is all this gobbly-gook about passive insight and perception that still doesn’t make any sense to me. The big one though, is the power index. You have these extra moves that you can use either at-will, each encounter, or daily (game-time, not real-time). These powers help keep the game moving and allow your character to fight compatibly with your foes. That means, as you level, you get stronger, and you can kick dragon ass better.   If you’ve ever played a campaign with seven people, you know how boring fights can be because it can take a half an hour to get your next turn (bring on the Mountain Dew!).

For those of you who have never played Dungeons and Dragons©, fear not. There is a detailed guide in the beginning of the book on how to play, including a point-by-point how-to on page 30. Throw caution to the wind and dive into the make believe world that Gary Gygax (R.I.P.) created for us. Just don’t do it with a bunch of noobs. You need at least one patient person to guide you through the complicated stuff (the Dungeon Master, or Game Master)  D & D is not just for geeks, its for the geek in all of us, and it’s a great way to spend a few hours with good friends and good beer, so stop making fun of me, at least I have friends.

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  1. Jeff O. Says:

    “I chose the fighter class because I’m not a fan of hiding behind rocks and throwing magic missiles all the time.” Oh hell yeah!

  2. The Dungeon Master Says:

    Surprisingly enough, the ability “Dragon Breath” doesn’t blow. Go figure.

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