On July 7, things change for the world of D&D. With the release of Dungeons & Dragons Revised 3rd Edition (affectionately known as D&D 3.5 for short), rules have been cleaned up, things have been changed and rangers no longer suck! You've probably heard a lot about 3.5 already, but here is some more.
Here is a cool radio interview done with Ed Stark about 3.5. He goes into some detail of a few of the changes and updates. If you don't want to download the whole mp3, you can copy the following link.
Then open Winamp, hit Control-L, and paste that URL into the box. Hit ok, and you can stream it off of their server. They're good people like that.
This guy says he actually has a copy of the new PHB and is currently answering questions on a message board. Whether it is real or not, it is definitely worth checking out.
You can pre-order the new books from amazon.com and save 30%. Plus, you get free shipping on all orders over $25! I never knew amazon kicked so much ass.
Editor's Note (updated 6/13/03): I actually used amazon.com to the fullest extent for 3.5. I have now successfully ordered all three books for $26.62. Here's the low down: First, order the books, then after entering your payment info, amazon gives an option to "share the love" by entering a friend's e-mail address. That gives an additional 10% off to your friend, thus making it 40% off. So, give them your friend's e-mail address (or your own if you don't have any friends) and then let your friend order the books and "send the love" back to you. Cancel your first order and place it again using the link from your friend. You can also sign up for the amazon.com platinum Visa card. That gives you $30 off your first order. So, 30% off, free shipping, 10% off for "send the love" and another $30 off makes your total order $26.62 for all 3 of the new D&D 3.5 books - over 70% off!!! And don't worry about the credit card, almost everyone is pre-approved and there's no annual fee. Just set aside $26.62 right now and then be sure to send them a check as soon as you get the bill and you won't be charged any interest. Bingo bango booko...it doesn't get any cheaper without stealing it.
1) Order the books.
2) Share the love.
3) Let your friend share the love back at you.
4) Cancel the first order.
5) Sign up for the amazon.com platinum Visa.
6) Order the books through your friend's shared link (it will be e-mailed to you). (40% off)
7) Under the shipping options, choose "super saver" free shipping. (saves $5.97)
8) Pay for the books with your new Visa. ($30 will be applied toward the purchase)
9) Wait until July 10 and enjoy! (and save around $70 in the process)
Here's amazon.com's short review of 3.5.
Each of the Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks has been revised and updated for clarity and content. Each revision integrates user feedback received since the original product release so as to address the specific wants and needs of the player and Dungeon Master audiences. The overall rules system remains intact, with changes targeted specifically at elements of game play that were considered under-powered or incomplete. These revised editions also contain bonus content, such as new feats, that are exclusive to these editions. In addition, the new and revised content instructs players on how to take full advantage of the tie-in D&D miniatures line planned to release in Fall 2003 from Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
Overall changes to all the titles include making complex combat easier to understand and provide more information on interacting with and summoning monsters. Specific changes include the following: the Player's Handbook received revisions to character classes to make them more balanced, and there are revisions and additions to spell lists.
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