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The Player's Handbook (in previous editions of the game, Players Handbook) is a book of rules for the seminal fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. It does not contain the complete set of rules, but only those concerning players of the game (as opposed to Dungeon Masters, who referee the game). Many optional rules, such as those governing extremely high-level players, and some of the more obscure spells are found in other sources.
The Player's Handbook has gone through several editions through the years. The original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons First Edition Players Handbook divided the game rules between the Players Handbook and the Dungeon Masters Guide. Later editions of the game moved the bulk of the game rules to the Player's Handbook, leaving information needed chiefly by the Dungeon Master in the Dungeon Master's Guide.
The Player's Handbook contains tables and rules for creating characters and lists the abilities of the different character classes, the properties and costs of equipment, a complete list of spells that magic-using character classes (such as wizards or clerics) can cast, and numerous other rules that govern gameplay. Some players referred to this manual, along with the Monster Manual and the Dungeon Master's Guide, so often that one or more copies of these volumes were worn out over the years.
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