The Argonnessen Prophecies
For 4th Edition Newbies
This page is intended for people who are either new 4th edition, but have played other editions, or people who are completely new to D&D entirely.
Best Book to Have:
As a player, I would recommend that you have read or have access to the book called Rules Compendium . This single, $20 book gives the overarching rules for 4th edition, and is EXTREMELY simple to understand, and a very quick reference.
However, if you choose not to get it, that’s cool: I can teach the game as we play.
Another HEAVY recommendation I would have is a subscription to Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons and Dragons Insider. You can sign up for it by going to this page .
DDI gets you the following:
1. Access to Online Character Builder, which allows you to create characters with ANY PUBLISHED race, class, feats, powers, magical items, what have you. This is a great resource in and of itself.
2. Compendium: This is a go-to online source for rules, monster stats, anything published, really.
3. Monster Builder: Like the character builder, but for the monsters.
4. Access to Dungeon and Dragon online magazine content.
If you choose not to use DDI, I will expect you to have/be able to access the books you need for character creation. Note: Buying a copy of Player’s Handbook 1 costs as much as getting DDI for 4 months. I really can’t stress enough how much easier it is to play the game with the tools, partially because it’s such a deal mechanics-wise, and also for ease of access.
Other than that, I would suggest getting a copy of the Eberron Player’s guide, but I’m not going to force anybody to buy books they don’t want to buy, obviously.