I’m glad to see you liked it.
As usual lately I disagree. The PHB is a book for players… it’s done for making PCs. Although hunting around to make the 1st PC sucks I agree.
But for use in play, it’s awesome. You go to table of content… find what you want… go to page x and boom you have it with no needless page flipping.
As I grew to know it, I could find the combat section in 2 seconds and then flip through the alphabetical special rules and find Critical Hits, Area Powers, Conditions in mere seconds.
So in essence, the non PC/power parts of the PHB are build like the Rules Compendum, my favorite D&D 3.5 book.
As for the powers… it could be better… but I’m convinced that everyone will be using power cards with full description on each when people start playing regularily. We did it for Tome of Battle classes and it worked like a charm.
– chattydm 2008-06-08 12:59 UTC
Disagreement is good if it’s constructive my friend, and yours always is
I’ll save the details of what I think about the PHB for a full blogpost, later.
– GreyWulf 2008-06-08 14:00 UTC
Huh. I was very disappointed with the Monster Manual myself. A ton of common encounters seem missing… there are almost no normal animals, for instance, and only a couple ‘dire’ animals. Creatures are also assigned goofy names.
Moreover, a number of creatures seem to have a seemingly-random elemental version. These tend not to excite me.
Apart from mounts and humanoids, there are almost no non-hostile or good-aligned creatures in there, either. I can understand the reasoning behind this decision, but I don’t really agree with it.
– zorbtrauts 2008-06-09 22:02 UTC
@zorbtrauts I kinda agree – the lack of non-hostiles and animals was a strange omission. Just a page of critters would be useful. that said, it’s easy enough to come up with the stats yourself – certainly much easier than third edition.
4e’s new lighter emphasis on alignment means that anything can be pretty much any alignment too, so it’s really a book full of both good and evil critters. Took me a while to get my head around that too
– GreyWulf 2008-06-12 11:23 UTC