Wizards Presents: Races and Classes
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (October 2014)
With Wizards Presents: Races and Classes, Wizards of the Coast presented its first preview of the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Written by the new edition's designers, Races and Classes explores the concepts and decisions that went into creating the new version, in terms of mechanics, art and ideas. Included with this book is the 4th edition design timeline, various excerpts from emails, and numerous anecdotes.
Wizards Presents: Races and Classes was published by Wizards of the Coast, compiled and Edited by Michele Carter, and written by Richard Baker, Logan Bonner, Bruce R. Cordell, Rob Heinsoo, Gwendolyn Kestrel, Mike Mearls, David Noonan, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Stephen Schubert, Chris Sims, Matthew Sernett, Rodney Thompson, and James Wyatt with Bill Slavicsek, Stacy Longstreet, William O'Connor, Andy Collins, Christopher Perkins, and Daniel Reeve. Cover art is by William O'Connor, and the book is illustrated by Eric Deschamps, Wayne England, David Griffith, Ralph Horsley, Todd Lockwood, Stacy Longstreet, Howard Lyon, Lee Moyer, William O'Connor, Steve Prescott, Daniel Reeve, and Arnie Swekel.
Wizards Presents: Races and Classes was reviewed by the online version of Pyramid on February 22, 2008. The reviewer declared that for some people, this book "will be the most important book of 2007" as the first preview of the forthcoming 4th edition. The reviewer idenfitied some of its apparent sources of inspiration, which includes other Wizards of the Coast supplements, such as the recent Saga Edition of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, Complete Arcane, Miniatures Handbook, and Tome of Battle.