How to read the D&D4E Player’s Handbook
Don’t read the whole PHB!
The Player’s Handbook is over 300 pages long. 300 pages of rules, charts, numbers, some images, and a teeny bit of fluff. That’s a lot of information to digest.
The essential rules can be trimmed down to less than 40 pages
Here’s how I suggest anyone familiar with D&D should read the PHB:
- Read “Three Basic Rules” on page 11 (< 1 page)
- Read “Power Types and Usage” on page 54 (< 1 page)
- Read “Short Rest + Extended Rest” on page Page 263 (< 1 page)
- Read chapter 9 (31 pages)
- Read pages 178 and179, from “Skill Training” and stop just before “Knowledge Skills” (< 2 pages)
- Read page 192 (1 page)
Now that you know what the rules are you can read the parts of the book that you skipped in whatever order you feel like.
Obviously, there’s nothing like playing a game to learn it. I’d like to hear from people who sat and played 4e already – what did you find yourself scrambling for? During character creation? During combat? During gnome throwing contests?
What do you think?
What do you think is the most efficient way to go through the PHB and get started with 4e?