It's the 2nd edition Player's Handbook for D&D. More importantly, it's the revised edition, which is visually very different from the original printing in layout, but is essentially the same rules, albeit with errata and updates.
Importantly, this looks like a 'modern' RPG book compared to its predecessor. Coherent art, with unique art for races and classes. The layout is a bit more open and less 'textbook' than the previous release.
This was created from the Reprint version from a few years back, so it's a good quality text-based document (not a scan) so it's very usable. Small file size, good text accessibility. Could be improved with bookmarks and such, though....
The joy of not having someone's notes on artifact powers scratched into an old scan is just part of the happiness of getting a much more legible, searchable and better indexed version of this old faithful. Great work to ehoever managed it.
Now, when in Gygax's name are we getting the Unearthed Arcana scan? There's never been a good, legal version of that book, and it's sorely needed. The original physical book was so badly bound that pages fell out from regular use! The new physical reprint is superb, but I really want an electronic edition, so it can fit on a tablet.
Does anyone out there know what's going on?...
For me, this is where it all started-- The Dungeon Master's Guide-- I first read it in 1980 when I was 10. So finding this here was wonderful. The PDF version is superb-- it's not just a scan, the font's a selectable and crisp. It's wonderful to have this-- than you for putting it out!
A solid product let down by poor scanning. There's really no other way to put it. The creatures in this compendium are creative and interesting for the most part, though there are occasionally a few that are just plain silly. (A race of space gorillas? Really?) I especially like the Plasmoids--curious, blob creatures with human intelligence and some surprisingly interesting quirks. The infinity vine is another standout and demonstrates the neat mechanics that went into Spelljammer. Unfortunately, this entire product is let down by the quality of the pdf. Even at 100%, the text just doesn't look very clean. The pictures of the creatures that go along with each entry have also suffered and sometimes are so dark that it's hard to pick out the details that exist in the physical edition. To be fair, I know it's not always easy to scan a black and white document, but when comparing this compendium to the gorgeous scans of 3rd and 4th edition products on this site, the different really is obv...
this product which is only a players companion to a much larger work had new options and races for character creation as well as new spells. Any product that officaly expands the options of a player in a role playing game is always a welcome addition
From the Shadows is a classic adventure and this is a very nice OCR scan of the module. However, the Castle Avernus maps critical to the adventure are not included.
You can find somewhat usable Avernus maps over at: http://www.fraternityofshadows.com/GryphonHill/darkon/avernu- s.html
Very good clear/sharp PDF. Same quality as the 1e PHB.
My only complaint is the security on the PDF locked out the "preferences" option and you can't set them. Why??? I want double page and bookmarks showing when I load it... how is that a security risk? They've done this on ALL of the 1e reprint PDF versions.
Unfortunately my review will only be short, as i can not really critique this particular edition. I myself having only played AD&D which started about 2 years ago when i was 14. For me a review like this could have been better if more of the story was compiled this would entice the reader and frankly endorse more response. As for the races and various spell i feel there are to many, but this is of course as a result of my limited knowledge. However the backstory's for the races where compelling and a good read. Hopefully this helped a bit.
Kind regards Ewan Gillies...
I have a player converting an aarakocra from 3.5 to 5, so this is going to be invaluable. I understand the need to have the same basic set of races in the PHB every edition, but I always find it necessary to have the ones that are just a little weirder as well.
Excellent module for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. Going to run my players through it sometime, plus the Village of Hommlet is great to just insert into any campaign. Overall a great product and hope we see more scans of old modules.
Own a part of gaming history in beautiful digital format. This looks great on my tablet. Fonts and charts are better than my original book on the shelf. I just hope OD&D reprint shows up soon so I can buy it. Don't hesitate getting this.