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Here are a few! Along with a link to the adventure resource, you will find the suggested level range and a short snippet from the adventure itself. The adventures are grouped by publisher.
In writing this review of the Players Handbook I find myself unlikely to fall squarely into either of those categories. The PHB represents a step forward in RPG evolution for people who love running combat-heavy classic dungeon crawl adventures. It is a step back in evolution for people who liked running political games or who liked characters with abilities more esoteric than zot, zap, and slash.
It is oddly enough a game which, in terms of game balance of problematic abilities, represents a great leap forward in the ability of GMs to run epic quest-based games and mysteries. At the same time it somewhat discourages characters whose primary focus is on activities other than combat. In order to bring the reader to a point where he understands my perspectives, even if he does not agree with them, I'll discuss the mechanics presented in the PHB, noting specifically how the 4th Edition PHB differs from earlier versions of the game.
Overall Appearance The rulebook has a variety of striking full-color art from quite a number of different artists. The art is evocative, and is helpful in dividing up an otherwise text-heavy book. The diagrams included in the combat section were generally helpful and clear, sometimes even clearer than the text itself. The cover features a Dragonborn warrior and a human female Wizard I'll get to them shortly.
The characters have a special gloss laminated coating over them to make them really shine. The layout is easy to read, but particularly in the powers section, sometimes one page pretty much looks like any other, meaning it takes a little more visual effort to know where you are.
To that end PHB includes lots of visual tabs on the outer edges of the pages that show the chapter and section. This helps you orient yourself as you page through the book.
The book's binding is not perfect, and my PHB's cover seems to want to remain open a little bit with the front cover "hovering" over the first page. Perhaps the binding is merely too tight for its own good. It does not seem to have the 1E Unearthed Arcana problem of the pages falling out all over the place; just a problem staying entirely shut.
The game includes a photocopyable, attractive, two-page character sheet see the links at the end of this review for a PDF. In practice, I found that it lacked organized places to put useful information.
For example, there's no space for the type of armor my character wears near his Armor Class defense statistics. The character sheet had insufficient space for languages and powers even for my first level wizard. None of the places to write-down weapons had columns for the range of my ranged powers and weapons. Inclusion of the character sheet was nice and it adds to the appearance of the product, but it was not as useful in practice as it could have been. Core Mechanics The PHB presents some very simple core rules concepts which are used throughout the book.
The basic mechanic works like this: the acting character rolls a d20, adds appropriate attribute score modifiers, and typically adds half of his Class experience level, rounded down.
Different character archetypes Classes may get a fixed bonus to attack or defend in a given category, but gone are the differential charts of attack and defense bonus advancements from previous editions of the game. This is typically what happened with weapon attacks in previous editions, but spells now function differently than they once did.
In previous editions, magic was either automatic, or granted a "Saving Throw" to shrug off half or all of it's effects. Each roll in the game pits an acting character against a static difficulty number if the roll is unopposed by another character or against the appropriate defensive rating of the defender.
This decides whether a defending character is affected by an incoming attack, power, or effect. You make Saving Throws for each ongoing effect that is still affecting your character at the end of each of his turns.
While the game has a number of specific modifiers attribute scores, half of a characters experience level, etc. So, it's often easy to adjudicate something without looking up a specific rule by using this simple rule of thumb. This uniformity of mechanics makes the underlying chassis of 4E much easier for a new GM to run adventures with.
It will also make the game easier to teach to neophyte players. Attributes and Character Building Character building is a somewhat involved process. It took me 30 minutes to make each of my two first level characters. If you want to play a more "canned" character, or you find the options overwhelming, the book does have suggested starting options pre-picked for you. I preferred to build my character from scratch because most of the elements of character building are relatively easy to piece together, even for a new player.
While there are resources to spend on options during character creation, there is no unified pool of common points available for the purchase of skills, attributes, and powers as in other games like the Hero System Hero Games. Instead there are attribute points, skill slots, Feat slots, and various types of power slots.
This makes the math of character creation fairly trivial. However, the division of the character up into a variety of non-transferable slots means that character creation is less flexible than in a pure point-based system, but is also much harder to abuse. While Attribute Scores for Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma can be randomly generated, the game really encourages creation of an array of 6 attribute scores using a point buy system.
Using this method, you start with a default array of attribute scores including one attribute that starts at a score of 8 and five attributes that start at a score You then are granted points to modify those values upwards. Adding more to an attribute score is a pure linear increase until the attribute increase to 13, and then additional attributes cost more points per level.
Your average attribute scores are higher when your maximum attribute score is lower. Modifiers are used for multiple purposes throughout the game. These Attribute modifiers are no longer tied to specific defensive scores in a one-to-one correlation - for example, you can either add your Wisdom or your Charisma modifier to your Will Defense.
Attribute scores advance periodically throughout a character's life span as he becomes more skilled and gains a level of experience in his character Class. Each character Class has powers that focus on any of up to 3 different Attribute scores. This means that a player has to be careful not to crank up one of his character's Attribute to the exclusion of others if he wants to be able to diversify the type of powers his character will have access to. One-trick wonders are possible, of course such as a Fighter whose only really high score is Strength , but there is now a place for a character who has a diversity of above average Attributes instead of just one gratuitously high Attribute score.
Character level is a dominating force in 4E. Skills Skills are unlike 3rd Edition. All characters have all skills automatically. In a handful of instances a specific aspect of a skill is usable only by someone who is "Trained" in the skill, but this is usually not the case. Character Classes typically grant Trained skills from a short list of skills that emphasize the themes of the Class. Each Attribute modifier adds to skills related to that attribute. As noted earlier, a character gains a flat bonus to all skills both Trained and Untrained equal to half his level, rounded down.
This means that Attributes being equal, a 12th level character is always flatly better at every untrained skill than a similar 1st level character who is trained in the skill.
This system is fantastically simpler than 3E skills, and speeds character creation, particularly when creating a character starting out at more then 1st level. Skills are much more broadly defined in 4E. This again makes characters which are less differentiated from each other, but makes a character's skills much easier to read and use. Gone from the skill list are all professional and musical performance skills.
So, skills that made a character stand out as unique in some non-combat circumstances are gone. Still present are some information gathering, thieving, and diplomacy skills, so there is still some support for non-combat skill use. As with many other rules sub-systems, the distinctions between character Classes is blurred when it comes to skills. One of the 4E Feats gives characters an extra Trained Skill of their choice. The existence of this Feat means that, differences in Attribute Scores and races aside, any character of any Class can instantly be as good as a member of a class that is supposed to be specialized in the use of that skill.
Sometimes I want my character to be skill-based; I want that to be what makes the character shine. The new skill system undermines those specialized characters by allowing pretty much anyone to be as good as them at almost anything.
Powers come in 3 basic varieties: powers usable at-will At-Will Powers , powers usable once per combat encounter Encounter Powers , and powers which your character can only activate once per day Daily Powers. Racial powers are merely listed together with the race. Other power lists are arranged by Class and then by level.
Feats are typically minor special abilities or bits of character trimming that help customize a character that last little bit. Many of them can be chosen by any character, but a good number of them can only be chosen by specific races or Classes. They typically are not as powerful as Class-specific powers, nor indeed are most of them as powerful as some of the upper end Feats in 3E.
Feats are plentiful - characters get one starting Feat two for humans and then get a new Feat at every even Level thereafter. There is also a fairly long list of Feats to choose from, though some are unavailable to characters until they reach higher Levels. Multi-Classing In 3E characters could have multiple Classes simultaneously.
This is not entirely possible with 4E. In 4E you have one Class for your character's entire career, but by spending Feats on multi-Classing you can forego selecting powers for your Class or trade them in for powers from a second Class. It's officially not possible to have 3 Classes for a character any more however, see my comments on ritual magic, below. Multi-Classing restrictions are nominally only a marginal limit on obtaining proficiency in the trappings of a different Class.
Armor and weapon proficiencies and skill training are all acquired via Feat expenditure. Classes specializing in weapons and armor merely get those Feats for free as a Class Feature.
There are no rules preventing armored bow-wielding wizards who are tracking experts, so if you are willing to spend the requisite Feat slots you can acquire those abilities without actually multi-Classing. Multi-Classing in 4E really lets you gain access not to the external trappings of another Class, but to that other Class' list of powers, most of which are combat-oriented with a minority of utility powers.
Tiers The first 10 levels of a character's career are his "Heroic" levels, levels are "Paragon" levels, and levels are "Epic" levels. When a character reaches 11th level he becomes eligible to start picking Paragon powers from a specialized sub-branch of his character Class. Paragon powers are like other powers, but a character must pick one specific paragon path when he reaches 11th level, and may not choose paragon powers from another paragon path thereafter.
A character may forego his Paragon powers to spend some of his character-building slots toward more-extensive multi-Classing, though. When a character reaches 21st level he picks an Epic Destiny, which may edge his character toward becoming a historically famous archmage, toward demi-godhood, or perhaps toward immortality.
This really gives high level characters a goal both in terms of role-play and in terms of actual powers to provide structures to very high level campaigns. Races, Classes, and Roles Obviously, each character is a member of a fantasy race. While it's possible to pick some races from the Monster Manual for your character's race, the PHB focuses on the following races: Dragonborn fire-breathing lizardmen , Dwarf, Eladrin high elf , Elf wood elf , Halfling read "Hobbits" , Humans, and Tieflings human-devil hybrids.
Gnomes and half-orcs are no longer part of the starting lineup.
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Brilliant work. I never realised so much more material was available for 4e. A much maligned edition which offers tons of character customisation compared to 5th. But what became one of the gems of the 4th Edition digital tools, had a bit of a rocky start. With the last issue Dungeon scheduled for release in August , many fans of the magazines, myself included, were saddened and outspoken on Wizards. Some of the fears were realized when Wizards started putting out individual, uncollated PDFs and web-based articles, instead of a complete issues, for Dragon and Dungeon magazine on their website.
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In writing this review of the Players Handbook I find myself unlikely to fall squarely into either of those categories. The PHB represents a step forward in RPG evolution for people who love running combat-heavy classic dungeon crawl adventures. It is a step back in evolution for people who liked running political games or who liked characters with abilities more esoteric than zot, zap, and slash. It is oddly enough a game which, in terms of game balance of problematic abilities, represents a great leap forward in the ability of GMs to run epic quest-based games and mysteries. At the same time it somewhat discourages characters whose primary focus is on activities other than combat.
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