2003 Core Rulebook Revisions Archive

Dungeons & Dragons
2003 Core Rulebook Revisions FAQ

Why did you decide to revise the rulebooks?

These changes are based on more than two years of player feedback. Comments, requests, and other input from fans let us know that we had a few game elements that needed some revision in order to improve overall gameplay. Since we consider the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game to be a living game that grows with the community, we felt that it was time to compile fan feedback with our own observations and give fans what they needed to play a better D&D game.

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Is this a Fourth Edition?

No, absolutely not. This is simply a revision to the existing rules set. Think of it as an upgrade, not a redesign.

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Will the revisions look different?

The revised core rulebooks will have new covers, but the style will be similar to the titles released in 2000. They will be instantly recognizable as revisions of each individual book.

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Will the current versions of the core rulebooks be available after the new ones are released?

No. Once the revised versions are published, we will no longer reprint and distribute the current versions of the core rulebooks. However, it is important to note that the revisions included in each rulebooks will be fully compatible with existing backlist products. Additionally, each revised core rulebook will include upgrade notes on how to integrate new information into existing campaigns.

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Can you give me details on what changes were actually included in each core rulebook?

Wizards of the Coast, Inc., will be releasing specific upgrade details over the months leading up to the release of the revised core rulebooks. Watch for a monthly column in Dragon Magazine and the Wizards of the Coast D&D website for the very latest information as it is released. We can, however, share with you the following overall revisions:

  • The Player’s Handbook is receiving revisions to character classes to make them more balanced, and there are revisions and additions to spell lists.

  • The Dungeon Master’s Guide was reorganized to make it more user-friendly. Changes have been made to the item creation rules and pricing, and there are new prestige classes included. There is also expanded advice on how to run a campaign.

  • The Monster Manual now contains an adjusted layout that makes the monster statistics easier to understand and use. There will be some new illustrations and a new index, and there is now expanded information on monster classes and playing monsters as heroes.

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