- Series: 4th Edition D&D
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 4th Revised edition edition (September 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786956216
- ISBN-13: 978-0786956210
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rules Compendium: An Essential Dungeons & Dragons Compendium (4th Edition D&D) Paperback – September 21, 2010
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I predict this little book will soon be the most visible book around my gaming table and around all gaming tables in cons/competitions and RPGA events. In fact, I may pick up a second one just because it is probably going to get alot of mileage and wear. No longer will I have to lug around 4 or more hardcover books to a friend's place for a day of D&D and even more so to Cons. Wizards has produced an excellent rules compendium (in every sense of what that word means) for the next generation of D&D.
It could easily be used by DMs or players alike, but it has some great info for DMs. I especially liked the advise on what kind of DCs to set for different actions, especially more unique or unexpected ones. There's a sly little geek joke in there when it says "Sliding down a set of stairs on a shield-Hard DC'. Well played, WOTC, well-played.
Although a lot of this information is available elsewhere, this book gathers together a lot of useful information and packs it into one dense little paperback book at a great price. I know this will get a lot of great use at the game table. I picked my copy up for around 14 bucks. Not a bad price at all.
However... between these 2 books and the 2 "Heroes" books (player classes) there is an unfortunate amount of redundant material. All four of them cover basic terminology & combat rules, which is acceptable, but they also repeat (for example) the pantheon of deities, which is wasteful. DMK and RC share a great deal more duplication, including general rules, how to design an encounter/adventure/universe, Nentir Vale, the planes, etc.
If you are new to 4E, get the DM's Kit but not the Rules Compendium. If you already have a DMG and tokens/miniatures, get the Compendium but not the DMK.
One very outstanding point of this book is that it is much smaller in dimensions and, of course, it is paperback! Why you ask? Well, Wizards of the Coast seems to understand you don't want to pay more money for something you already, sort of, have. So, they cut costs by making it smaller and paperback for only $19.99 MSRP. I find this aspect very enjoyable because it still have the great quality of the new 4E books with vibrant pictures and great situational text that I just love, in a small form that's east to carry to a game! Now I am certainly interested in the other books in the essentials line!
I would definitely recommend this book to any 4E player that is interested in getting started or even someone who has been playing 4E since it came out.
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100% recommend seller. My grandson was so happy he was crying.Published 4 months ago by Beverly Moore
A great rule book and moderately quick reference guide for DM's. I had bought this intending to give it to a new player and have it delicately explain the rules and gameplay. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jason
The book is in better condition than I expected. It will really come in handy during our encounters.Published 17 months ago by abijah24
I suggest anyone looking to get into DnD 4ed as a player to pick up this book instead of the Player's Handbook. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Me
All of the rules to Forth edition condensed in one little portable package. It's a nice compact size for the gaming table, fits nicely behind my cramped GM screen.Published on November 13, 2013 by Amanda
Most of the rules, if not all for 4e can be discovered online. I maybe used my rules compendium for a day or two, and the wording is still a little hard to understand. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Jeremy Schepper
Just getting into D&D. The fourth edition and the Essentials books are supposed to be good for beginners, though experienced friends recommended my group try 3.5. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Prince Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin