Are Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdom and Heroes of the Fallen Land supposed to replace the players handbook or are they supposed to add more variation? I get confused on all the different books.
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Honest Answer: No, they don't replace anything.
Are Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdom and Heroes of the Fallen Land supposed to replace the players handbook?
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They are extra options. You can run things with only them and not the PHB, but both are needed to get the game's full depth.Rather than be puzzled by all the books, just get a DDI subscription. $10.00 a month and you get the character builder (with all the options from all the books) and the compendium (which lets you search through any book you want).
OD&D, 1E and 2E challenged the player. 3E challenged the character, not the player. Now 4E takes it a step further by challenging a GROUP OF PLAYERS to work together as a TEAM. That's why I love 4E.
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Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdom and Heroes of the Fallen Land are not Player's Handbook replacements. They are alternative entry points to D&D 4e.