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Origin of the term “Splat Book”

Where does the term "Splat Book" come from? Roughly a splat book is any book not required to play the system. There is some debate over its exact meaning, but that is not the point of this question. ...
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What are the benefits of owning a physical book? [closed]

I have seen this question about updates of the D&D 4th Edition books, and it got me thinking. Since I got my Kindle I have not read a single paper novel; they have fewer drawbacks compared to ...
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Where can I buy original edition and out-of-print roleplaying books and accessories? [closed]

I know of a few online retailers that specialise in out-of-print (OOP), second-hand, and original editions of RPG books and accessories. Let's make a definitive list of them!
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Is buying game ebooks practical?

I am looking into buying some game rules books as ebooks, but I want to know if anyone else has done this. Ebooks/PDFs are cheaper and easier to get, but I am wondering if that is worth the trade off ...
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History of the Alignment System

Who created the alignment system? Was it Gary Gygax & Dave Arneson (D&D)? Or David A. Hargrave (Arduin)? Or perhaps Michael Moorcock and Paul Anderson? Where did it come from? In what ...
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Near future in GURPS

I am gearing up to run a small GURPS campaign. Technologically, the game is set in the near future. I would like a book detailing weapons, medicine, transportation, etc. It's certainly possible to ...
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Required set of books for Serenity RPG?

So we're thinking of playing the Serenity RPG. It seems that the main rulebook is Big Damn Heroes. Do we need any other books to get started? In particular, do we require something like the Cortex ...
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Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu?

Does the 2nd printing of Deities and Demigods have Cthulhu? I have heard that it does, and I have also heard that it does not. Does it or not?
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Should I buy second-hand core rule books?

The problem is that for the particular game which I am playing, Star Wars Saga Edition, the books are out of print. I am relatively new to Star Wars RPG. If the books were on shelves in stores I ...
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What is the difference between these Player's Handbooks?

They appear to all be 3.5 Player's Handbooks. However, they have different covers, etc. Player's Handbook II (Dungeons & Dragons d20 3.5 Fantasy Roleplaying) (Bk. 2) Hardcover Dungeons & ...
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Where can I find a horror adventure/campaign writing guide?

I seem to remember an old (ebook format?) book I read, with instructions on how to write a quality adventure based in the Ravenloft universe. The book was distinguished by writing in a general style, ...
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Do the 3.5 books ask you to refer to 3.0 books?

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 ...
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What books should I buy to play with an average D&D group? [closed]

I have already bought all three 4th edition Player's Handbooks, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual, dice, Dungeon Tiles, Plan escape tile map set, and several tubes of dice, but have recently ...
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Is there any book dealing with Dungeon Design?

I got this old book from a friend, titled "Central Casting: Dungeons" yesterday night. My friend is my player and he's noticed how much I struggle to make decent dungeons. Though the book is actually ...
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Do the core D&D 4th edition rulebooks get updated?

Before I buy any books for 4.0, I would like to know if the physical books (PHB, DMG, MM) have been edited after WotC updated their online definitions. This has been bugging me for a while now. A ...
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Can I GM a Pathfinder game using the D&D 3.5e DMG or is the GameMastery Guide a must?

I know there are a lot of differences between these two games, and I don't mean to ask for a comprehensive list. What I would like to know is if there are any important differences between the D&D ...
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Is it possible to play with just 1 player book in a group?

I want to start a game with some friends. We never played using any book but now we want to try that out. I got the PLayer, DM and monster book but that's it. As I'll be DMing for the first time I'm ...
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What are the differences between Expedition to Castle Ravenloft (3.5) and the Castle Ravenloft Board Game?

Is this book, Expedition to Castle Ravenloft D&D 3.5 the same thing as the book in the Castle Ravenloft Board Game here ? The board game includes a rule book and a scenario book. The two ...
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What is the “upcoming source book” mentioned in Shadowrun 4 FAQ?

In the SR4 FAQ, the answer to several questions about magic is "This question will be answered fully in an upcoming sourcebook." The questions unanswered include the following little wonders: If ...
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What content is not included in the Rules Compendium?

Shopping on D&D Classics today I noticed that the Player's Handbook, the Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual 1 and 2 are all missing from the catalog. However, the Rules Compendium is ...
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What Book was the Kender god detailed in?

In which book for 3.5e DnD was the god of the kender described? obviously it is in one of the Dragonlance books. I remember reading somewhere the kender god was a really chill dude who wanted ...
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Character Generation for WFRP Hogshead edition

My gaming group pulled out some old books, and we found Warhammer Fantasay RP. The book was published in 1995, and the owner thought it was second edition. Wikipedia tells us it's first edition. ...
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Which parts of Pathfinder are excluded from the PRD? [duplicate]

I recently started playing/GMing Pathfinder (beginner rules) and currently shopping around for the Core Rulebook (planning ahead). The way the PRD puts it, it sounds like the Core Rulebook is entirely ...
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What books should I start D&D 4e with? [duplicate]

I am starting to play D&D and have bought the Players Handbook, the Monsters Manual and the DM guide! Now, with what did you started playing? Where do you find all of the pertinent information to ...
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What book has prices for alternative muses?

In the Eclipse Phase core rule book, there are rules for buying a muse. It is listed with stats and a price in the section with other AIs like Vecheil AIs and Hacking (Kaos) AIs. It notes that all ...
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How rare are these miniature AD&D books?

I bought a box lot of some items (Board Games) I collect at an auction recently and in the box was another box full of D&D stuff. I gave the figures to a relative who plays the game but he wasn't ...
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Do I need to buy the Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Red Box [duplicate]

I'm a beginner to DnD, and I've been reading everywhere that you should buy the Red Box Set, but this is about $100, in comparison to the DM Kit, Monster Vault, and Hero's of the Forgotten Kingdom ...
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What do books have over the SRD? [duplicate]

I've recently learned that many d20 games have their rules accessible for free under OGL in form of a System Reference Document. I'd been quite reluctant to d20, but since it's free, I've thought of ...
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What 3.5 book has the body of power feat?

I remember a previous DM of mine mentioned that he had a book where characters add body augmentations like power of body or power of mind and i was wondering if anyone knows what book it is from?