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5e Player’s Handbook

PHB5e

So let’s talk about the new PHB. First if you are still playing 1e it’s all there for you:

Races:

  • Dwarf
  • Elf
  • Halfing
  • Human
  • Dragonborn (from 3.5e)
  • Gnome
  • Half-Elf
  • Half-Orc
  • Tiefling (from 4e)

Classes:

  • Barbarian (Added to 1e from Dragon #63)
  • Bard
  • Cleric
  • Druid
  • Fighter
  • Monk
  • Paladin
  • Ranger
  • Rogue
  • Sorcerer (from 3.5e)
  • Warlock (from 3.5e)
  • Wizard

So, there’s note much added from 1e expect a few of the most popular Races\Classes. As you go thru the book it talks about what rules are optional. The biggest area is all of Chapter 6 is Optional (Multiclassing and Feats). I’m glad that Feats has been rolled back a bit. It always seemed to me add a layer of complexity.

So I’ll give more impressions as I read more, but thinking back to what people were guessing what 5e was going to be about. A lot of folks thought it would be somewhere between 3.5e and 4e. I think it’s more between 1e and 3.5e. In one sentence (which really isn’t total fair to the game): It’s 1e with the best of 3.5e. I don’t see much of 4e at all, but I’ll bet those combat rules will be optional somewhere down the line…

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D&D 5e Starter Set Review (Update)

Just a quick update on playing the Starter Set:

  • First the adventure in the set is well done.  Lots of subplots to do and it really does step by step a DM thru the adventure and the rules.
  • I would say the game play right now is closer to 3rd edition.  However, it does have a little of a 1st edition feel to it since the rules are boiled down quite a bit.
  • I would guess, as more of the rules are added it will feel more like a new 3rd edition, but I’ll bet it will have options to add more of a 4th edition combat feel, if that is what you like.

I know that is a very high level feel, but that’s all we have right now.  We will find out more when the Player’s Handbook is released.