- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (November 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560760850
- ISBN-13: 978-1560760856
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dungeons and Dragons Rules Cyclopedia Hardcover – November, 1991
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I must repeat here... Even though this book was written for basic D&D, the Rules Cyclopedia IS THE MOST COMPLETE SOURCEBOOK FOR D&D AND AD&D ever written. It explains EVERYTHING with extreme breadth AS WELL AS depth. Not only does it teach the basics but it goes into many more topics that unfortunately comparable (supposedly) books for AD&D neglected to cover such as ... war and army rules, strongholds and dominions, the affairs of immortals, PCs becoming immortals, creating magical items, artifacts, other planes of existence, and AD&D conversion rules. For this reason even as I converted over to AD&D I still will pluck A LOT of the material from this D&D Rules Cyclopedia for my future AD&D campaign. This book is so excellently written and detailed that even though it was meant for D&D I will probably use this title more in my AD&D campaign than any of the AD&D manuals I am supposed to be using!... GREAT! GREAT! Any DM for D&D as well as AD&D should not be without this book. In one sentence: The Rules Cyclopedia RULES!
In addition to all the stuff I said in the previous message that the book discussed that the AD&D manuals don't, I forgot to mention that the Rules Cyclopedia also talked about non-lethal combat rules (say you wish to fight someone in your party to obtain bragging rights on who is the strongest without killing him/her),several maps of Mystara, the Hollow World,the nations of Mystara, and lastly, a list and descriptions of the main cast of monsters for the D&D game. All of this stuff plus everything I said in the last message for just over $20 when I bought it! What a treat! The D&D Rules Cyclopedia covers a wider range of information than the AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide,AD&D Player's Handbook, and the AD&D Monstrous Manual COMBINED and for a WHOLE LOT LESS! It is ridiculuos when I think about it but it is the honest truth.
This book deserves to be on your shelf whether you are a DM for D&D or AD&D. You will not be disappointed with the extra details and ideas the Rule Cyclopedia has that the AD&D core manuals don't include. Finally, I agree wholeheartedly with an earlier post that this flawless masterpiece deserves to be re-printed. It is just excellent.
Best of all, this book presents all of these necessary rules in an easy and comprehensive form that does not destroy the original rules in favor of new ones. If you can find this handbook for a good price, I say buy it.
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Don't let the price tag deter you, this book is worth it! You can practically replace several box sets, a few of them far more expensive and hard to come by, with this single book! Read morePublished 16 days ago by Daniel
Book came in mint condition! This is a classic that every D&D player should own.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The definitive compendium of Basic D&D rules (pre-AD&D era).Published 11 months ago by Jorge Pozo Ramirez
I could write a essay. Complete work! Has everything to run infinite games, include a few colored maps inside. Plenty of tables and charts. This is the way DnD was intended! Read morePublished 21 months ago by W. C. Rhodes
This book is a must have for any true D&D fan. A compilation of every rule conceved during the life span of Dungeons and Dragons plus a few new optional rules (ignore the weapon... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sir Charles
Very pleased! Arrived as expected. The quality is perfect for a book of it's age and one of the best D&D books ever printed for the old school guys.Published on February 21, 2014 by Marc N. Korte
When I first started playing D&D, (11 years old,) I was introduced to the old red box Basic Rules set. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by CrimsonBassist