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Dungeons and Dragons Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebooks (Dungeons & Dragons(r) Gift Set) [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Slp edition (26 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786934107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786934102
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 23.9 x 6.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,596,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money, annoyingly 4 Dec 2004
By A Customer
We can all have our opinions on WotC for the products they keep coming up with, especially the v3.5 book only three years after 3rd ed. was launched. But the fact is, these books and especially in this cheaper three-in-one set are an improvement and in my opinion value for money. Rules are clarified, more examples are added, material has been extended and it all fits much better together than in 3rd ed. I waited a year before I bought this set, I didn't regret it once I did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it over 4th edtiion 11 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this litterally 1 week before 4th edition D&D was released to update my 3.0 version. I was initially irritated but having read 4th edition I am glad. All my d20 books are compatable with it and there is a strong 3.5/ d20 community. Plus 4th edition is more like heroquest than D&D.

Reasons why this is good : its simple, you don't need as much (you DO NOT need minis - that is a money spinner) aside from this, the dice, people to play (often the hard part!) and a time to play. 4th ed you need maps, minis all these sorts of things or it becomes difficult to manage.

If you think that wizards are a bit weak at low levels give them infinite cantrips so that they can shoot ray of frost 1/turn or use the classes from the free pathfinder verison.

However in practise they are actually ok.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 10 Mar 2006
fantastic ... if your a first time dnd role player or a current one wanting to replace books broken (like me way over used :P) its a great deal really cheap and amazon is great better than ebay in my opinion ill always use it :D
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110 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're starting new it's fabulous. 24 May 2004
By Bart - Published on Amazon.com
Ok. I'm not going to compare this with the older eds. I'm just going to say for new people joining the game this is alot easier. The set up is quicker, the rules are better, the game is balanced better. This edition is easier to learn from scratch and is better at getting new people in because more is spelled out....
The only complaint... my dice roll low and they need to roll high for everything in this ed. :)
This set is the complete set for the game. If you already have someone running the game then you only need a player's guide to start. If you want to run a game... well.. hopefully you've at least played it before. To run a game you could conceivably need every book imaginable, but many of the rules were traditionally the dm's call.. so just the DM's guide and player's guide is a must. The monster manuel just makes it all a bit easier.
It's fun. It's incredibly interactive and there is tons on the internet to spice your game up. You can even get the character sheets needed online for free.
75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn off the Playstation, turn on your brain 30 Nov 2004
By Guy L. Gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
Having rediscovered D&D a little over a year ago, I have to say that I like most of the changes they've made since I last played in the mid-80s. To be honest, most of the differences people have pointed out don't even ring a bell for me; they just feel right, suggesting a natural evolution of the game. It's definitely much more complex now, with an intense attention to detail that can be intimidating, but it's all designed in a way that lets you customize the game to your own liking.

And, most importantly, it's still fun to play. Unlike video games, most of which are designed around an individual experience, a D&D game is a collaborative effort that encourages creativity and social interaction from every player. The only boundaries are those of your collective imagination.

This gift set is the perfect way to get back into the game, too, combining the three core books that include all the information you need to create characters, design adventures and populate them with an array of monsters to slay. There's even information on incorporating miniatures into the game, offering a visual aid for those who can't fully make the leap from video games.

Don't make the mistake of thinking D&D is either too complex for kids (my 9-year old niece plays), or too simple for adults (I'm 35). It's a highly-flexible system that can be easily tweaked for the enjoyment of all ages.

The occasional typo aside, the books themselves are well-designed hardcovers and the authors present the material in an engaging way that goes beyond simply explaining the rules of the game. All three books actually represent entertaining reads in and of themselves, something that's not always the case with role-playing publications. These are the cream of the crop.
32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value 1 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This gift set is a collection of the 3 core rule books needed to play 3.5 edition dungeons and dragons. Note that each of these books has a suggested retail price of $30. This set is priced at over $90 at the local bookstore. Amazon sells each of these individually for about $20 - so getting all 3 for $54 is simply the best value I have found anywhere on these books (plus shipping was free!). The slipcase is cardboard, with nice artwork. The books fit very snug inside.
Note that these are the newer, 3.5 edition books - not to older
(obsolete?) 3rd ed. books.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well thought out plan 11 Dec 2003
By Wudwaen - Published on Amazon.com
The artwork is well executed. The layout of the books is not unfamiliar; even though it is 20 years since I last played. This collection was the least expensive way I could review all of the changes made in that time. It saved me just under $40 dollars to local retail sales. The box is nicely laminated; easy to remove the books from, and slip back in for storage. The colors are subdued and tasteful, and will not look garrish or inappropriate on any shelf. This contains the Dungeon Master's Guide, Player's Handbook, and Monster Manual in 3.5 Edition rules. (And I started in the construction paper bound set. My! have we changed.)
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought 3rd edition was the greatest, now I know it's 3.5 26 Aug 2004
By Adam Souza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
D&D 3rd edition was a radical revitalization of the D&D Game.

D&D 3.5 edition is not so much a new edition, as it is a refinement of 3.0 after expensive playtesting by the wolrd at large.

Rangers are now actually worth playing.

Monks get there abilities in more logical order.

Damage resistance was changed to more playable.

More Feats, More Spells, More Prestige classes, More Magic items, etc..

The Monster Manual now lists Flat Footed and touch armor classes for all the monsters, and the monsters have more skills and feats than they did in 3.0.

The Dungeon Masters guide is more logically layed out than it's 3.0 counterpart and is filled with extra material.

All of the books wnet up to 320 page count and all gained additional source material.

Simply put 3.5 charecters have more to choose from and are all better off than their 3.0 counterparts.

A sound investment, and at Amazons Discount price it's like getting one book free.
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