- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 4 edition (December 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786948019
- ISBN-13: 978-0786948017
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,018,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wizards Presents: Classes and Races (Dungeons & Dragons) Paperback – December 18, 2007
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That said, the art ranges from OK to very nice, a lot of the ideas are evocative and many of the discussions are informative.
If your only goal is to get the hard nuggets of information, the "good stuff" from this and the companion book are all available online, since many of those who bought it have been free with the information.
It's a nice art book and a nice companion piece to the upcoming game, but it's not a product that everyone will want or enjoy.
That said, there is little, if anything, in this book that a little web-surfing couldn't tell you. Everything is presented as "we have this idea, but it may or may not be the first thing we give you and may or may not be exactly as we're telling you, now." When 4E is released, this book will be obsolete; we'll have all of the real information.
I am no web bloodhound. I am not about to go scrounging for information all around the net, so this was a great source of gossip-y info for me. $20 does feel a bit expensive, but I expect it at this point. Some reviewers feel like the contributing authors are talking down to the audience, but I never felt that at all. They are players who have their own issues with 3.5 and they are members of the community, who have heard the complaints of their fellows; and we should all know that the complainers have louder voices than the praisers.
This book is a conceptual preview, not an early release of rules. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but will have little value, come June '08.
I would though recomend that you buy the core rulebooks instead. Now that they are been released, there is no need to purchase this preview book.
This book, is first and foremost a designer's discussion of sorts. They talk about the core concepts of Fourth Edition. (which had not yet been released) I read this book back before the game came out and it got me interested in the new coming game (friend bought it, I read it in the car) it gave me hope that maybe Wotc just maybe grew a brain and decided to fix 3e's one and true biggest problem. Casters.
They also discussed another failing of third edition, Races. Races were a joke, they recognized this. They decided that for a start each race should have a substantial enough write up fluff wise, and that each race should be good at different things to make them balanced instead of trying to make them all suck so hard (except the Human) that they weren't worth play. And they discussed that they would try to bring races along so that your racial choice was always relevant.
I honestly think the book is a better read now, that Fourth Edition is out and has been out for some time than it was coming into Fourth and out of Third. Alot of things they said back then make more sense now than they did before, and some things made more sense then. (I personally feel Races could have been handled via bloodlines style instead of feat style)
It's a good book to have for having on the coffee table. Which is probably what this book was meant to be in the first place. If you've embraced your inner Gamer rather than be ashamed of it, this is a book you should add to your coffee table. If you are still ashamed of your Gamerness, you could probably do without this book in your life.
If you don't enjoy coffee table books, you probably shouldn't get this book anyway since it won't have much of anything for you. If your one of those people that like having "special features" on DVDs, and just want a little more insight into Fourth Edition. Get this book.
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The product purchased arrived in perfect condition. This type of work encourages me to acquire new products by amazon.com in the future. Thanks for the excellent work. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Carlos Rodrigues
This and the companion volume really kind of say it all about the 4th edition rules. The absolute conceit, the unmitigated gall to just completely bastardize everything. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by -
No one should buy this book. It is nothing more than an advertisement for the upcoming 4th edition D&D. You might as well pay to watch commercials on TV.Published on June 6, 2008 by Wesley Allison
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A total waste of time. Avoid this like the plague.
This same kind of information, when the game evolved from 2nd to 3rd edition was included in the monthly paper issues... Read more
I enjoyed this preview book. For those of you looking for rules and "crunchy" content this book doesn't contain much. Read morePublished on February 9, 2008 by John L. Lewis
I'm really not sure what some of these reviewers were expecting. This book is exactly what it is advertised as- a 4th Edition Preview. Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by Red Jason