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I noticed some of the 3.5 manuals refer to books like Manual of the Planes and Oriental Adventures, but when one of my friends found those books, they were 3.0 edition. Is that right, or were there 3.5 reprints of books like these?

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There's a rule for this!

Some 3.0 content is still 'current' for 3.5. The official rule from Wizards of the Coast is that any content that didn't get updated (that is, printed into a new 3.5 book) is still valid and is thus usable with 3.5. Oriental Adventures and Manual of the Planes are indeed two such books, requiring only minor adjustments to the skill system(s) present to be in accordance with 3.5's slightly smaller skill list.

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"Are you sure you want to discard your draft?" "Yes, Gareth just ninja'd my answer." Might be worth mentioning that Oriental Adventures got a quick update in an issue of Dragon. And the Planar Handbook is kind-of sort-of the 3.5-version of Manual of the Planes, though you can just use both since they don't overlap that much. –  KRyan May 7 '13 at 21:10
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Heh, sorry man. –  Lord_Gareth May 7 '13 at 21:10
    
Awesome. Now if only I could tell what the deal is with this "Sword and Sorcery" stuff they got tons of when we sent them to get DnD 3.5 books. –  Cobalt May 7 '13 at 21:12
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You should link to this official rule, since I've never been able to find it. (Probably search failure on my part, but it's really necessary for a complete answer.) –  starwed May 7 '13 at 21:55
    
you could also add that some 3.0 manuals have an "errata" in order for them to comply to 3.5 rules: wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/20030718a –  Squera May 8 '13 at 6:55
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