DnD 5e Players Handbook ((NEW))
The Player's Handbook (spelled Players Handbook in first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D)) is the name given to one of the core rulebooks in every edition of the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). It does not contain the complete set of rules for the game, and only includes rules for use by players of the game. Additional rules, for use by Dungeon Masters (DMs), who referee the game, can be found in the Dungeon Master's Guide. Many optional rules, such as those governing extremely high-level players, and some of the more obscure spells, are found in other sources.
DnD 5e Players Handbook
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."
Any game needs rules to play, and the players need to know them. The Basic Rules teach the very fundamentals of D&D and are available online for free. Although they are lacking in comparison to the Player's Handbook, the Basic Rules still offer everything a player needs to start.
With just the Basic Rules, a player can get to grips with the meat of the game: creating a character and the basics of adventuring. They are limited, however. With only one subclass per class, many groups will run out of options before long. Until that point, the Basic Rules are an excellent way for players to get started.
The Player's Handbook is, at its base, the only book players need to enjoy Dungeons & Dragons. The game's core rules are presented unabridged, with players able to learn everything that might affect their character in a typical game. Everything a player will need for their journey is contained within this one book.
Being a Dungeon Master is a major part of Dungeons & Dragons. Somebody has to create and run the world that the players adventure through. The role is fun and rewarding, but it can also make one member of the group feel responsible for the others' fun. The Dungeon Master's Guide is an entire book made to help with this role.
The Monster Manual is one of the most self-explanatory texts in all of D&D, being a book full of monsters and NPCs for the DM to wield. It's one of the most essential books for running a game. It provides the opposition that the players need to overcome, and the monsters they vanquish to become heroes.
Xanathar's Guide expands on the options presented in the Player's Handbook, giving every class a handful of new subclasses. It also expands on areas covered poorly in the core books. It also expands on what PCs can do in their downtime, offers an alternate crafting system, and gives DMs many new traps they can use against their players.
Another thing many D&D groups find invaluable isn't a specific book, but any one from a specific category. Setting guides exist to teach players and Dungeon Masters about Dungeons & Dragon's many settings. They provide history, geography, story hooks, and more. Whether it's long-running fantasy classics like the Forgotten Realms or more niche options like Ravenloft, there is a D&D setting for everyone.
Most books for Fifth Edition contain at least some player options. However, books that contain player options first and foremost are much rarer. Tasha's Cauldron of Everything adds fresh feats, new subclasses for each class, many spells, and far more to the pool of content available to Dungeons & Dragons players.
Any Dungeon Master is free to create their own adventures, testing their players against homebrewed villains and dungeons. On the other hand, many DMs enjoy the chance to run through many of 5e's premade campaigns. These adventures can provide almost any sort of fantasy tale a table might look for. There's classic high fantasy, gothic horror, gritty dungeon crawls, and far more available.
This feature essentially allows you to enjoy some privilege, get an in with nobility and it generally gives you an excuse to lord it over people. Use with caution, as your fellow players are unlikely to tolerate much snooty behavior.
This winter I will be running a couple of D&D campaigns. To get my players ready, I have been writing introductory articles to help them out with certain concepts in the game. This is article three in that series. The other two articles being a break down of combat in D&D 5E and a breakdown of the core stats. This article was actually suggested by backtothehammer at the bottom of the stats article. Here is a breakdown of the skill proficiencies in Dungeons and Dragons. 041b061a72