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For a quick answer turn to page 2 in the book, usually a brown-orange colour with all the designers' names, etc. Look near the bottom of the page where it says "Based on the original Dungeons and Dragons rules [...], and Peter Atkinson." Under this, if it is a 3.5 book, it will say: This product uses updated material from the v.3.5 revision. If it's ...


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It came from the fans of White Wolf's World of Darkness games. "Splat" is another name for the asterisk character ('*'), which is often used as a placeholder or "wild card" in a name by technical types of people. Someone somewhere starting referring to all of WW's various Clanbook/Tribebook/Guildbook/Kithbook supplements for their various games as "*books", ...


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Not as of November 2014. Per the Mike Mearls interview of 3 November 2014: We're definitely looking at PDFs, ebooks, and other digital platforms, but no news yet. The goal with anything along those lines will be grow D&D, not just sell ebooks to people who already play the game, so we're putting a lot of work into figuring out that side of the ...


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Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering It's head and shoulders over anything else related to the topic I've ever read in my life. Laws is a master. He also has a blog here. Miles after that, subscription (for free) to Roleplaying Tips is recommended. In particular: The session checklist part 1 and part 2 Also, read non-fiction books. History, economy and ...


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There is one possibility, though I doubt you'll like it. Assuming US jurisdiction, I believe it's legal for you to create your own PDF copy of the rules, working from your own legally owned dead-tree copy of the rules. Of course it's a lot of typing, and you're not likely to want to go through the trouble. (And I can't say I'd blame you for that.) Just ...


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All you need to play 5e is the Basic set, some pencils and paper, and the standard 7-die RPG dice set. The basic set player pdf has the four core classes, fighter, wizard, cleric & rogue featuring the most simple of their sub-class options allowing player to easily slide into the game and learn it. Additionally it covers the various pantheons of gods ...


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The Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) does not contain any monsters. It does provide advice on how to create your own monsters, which is useful for creating your own adventures, but it's a lot of work to create a single monster, let alone all of the ones you require for a full adventure. However, the Monster Manual (MM) is not the only source of monsters. The DM ...


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Note that thefemmedm's answer indicates a spot in the book where you can look this up directly. D&D3.5 was first published in July, 2003. Anything published by Wizards of the Coast after that date will almost certainly be for 3.5. Anything published before that date will certainly be for 3.0. Except... Some books published close to the release of 3.5 ...


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Value Proposition You mentioned DDI: Even better is the WotC approach with the DDI, you can look up any monster or item or (almost any) rule, in the most recent form, for 3 years at the cost of seven books. I think this is the way to go, even considering the horribly slow character builder. It's true, for three years that is a good deal. But ...


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Use this handy list of... Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition and Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 Products from Wizards of the Coast in Order of Publication The following presented in year/month order for easier sorting. Products released in the same month are presented alphabetically. Parenthetical references are official abbreviations gleaned Wizards of the ...


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The basic rules are absolutely sufficient to get into D&D, try it out, play with it for a while and even run a campaign (though you may find that you want more options, which the PHB and Monster Manual provide). First and foremost, if you're just looking to get together, build characters and run a home built adventure, there is enough information in ...


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Head designer Mike Mearls has tweeted Lots of Q's about the staggered release: You will not need the MM or DMG to run a campaign. Or the PH or Starter Set to make a character. To what extent this is true in practice remains to be seen! To me, the last point suggests they might have some basic resources available online for free, which might include a ...


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The basic three books -- Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual -- will give you what you need. You can get them as a gift set, usually discounted if you look online. If you're experienced with other editions, you'll notice the lack of barbarian, assassin, bard, and gnome options. Be aware that there are a fair number of rules updates ...


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The benefits for owning a book are the same reasons we still have books, and why people still buy books instead of a Kindle or PDFs. The advantage of books comes down to something basic: interacting with them is different to interacting with e-readers, and in the better for a lot of ways. Let's consider the case of a single user, with access to a single ...


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The issues involved preclude a simple "yes or no" answer; it's a qualified "It's a bit too early to tell." The various eBook devices are almost all 6-7" diagonal... A few are 10" diagonal. Format Types and Issues The various ebooks to be read on them comprise several different formats. Scanned Image PDFusually print poorly but legibly, non-searchable, ...


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No, the 5e books are not officially available in electronic form, besides the free Basic rules and the partial rules placed in the SRD. If they ever do appear for sale, it'll likely be on the DMs Guild Web store. The one option available to you is to scan the books into electronic form yourself, or have it done for you. While I am not a lawyer, here is ...


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Yes, they had a problem with the glue they used for the first printing, is my understanding. Our first PHB was falling apart within weeks. We called WotC and they sent a Fedex call tag to pick it up, and replaced it for free, but it took 3 weeks, door to door. It wasn't the whole first printing that had problems. The replacement that we received was also ...


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Play Unsafe. This book helped me get through my GM burnout and learn to have fun playing again. It's a book about applying principles from improvisational theatre techniques to game mastering. It is specifically dedicated to reducing GM stress and increasing GM fun, all while creating a personalized, reactive, and fun game for players.


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Actually, and technically, Yes. The second printing DOES contain those two mythos. It is every subsequent printing that does not contain them. For the first 1980 printing, TSR obtained permission from Michael Moorcock for inclusion of Melnibonéan material (from his Elric series of books). The Cthulhu Mythos was believed to be in the public domain, so ...


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Short answer: To get all the "official" things you can use for player characters, buy the PHB and download the EE Player's Companion. To summarise player-character-oriented rules: Player's Basic Rules Version (free) Races: Dwarf (Hill, Mountain), Elf (High, Wood), Halfling (Lightfoot, Stout), Human. Classes: Cleric (Life domain), Fighter (Champion ...


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Somewhat oddly, your question is answered by the Sage Advice Compendium document which was first released as part of a Sage Advice article by Jeremy Crawford on the official D&D website entitled Rules Roundup. This document says the following on the first page, under the "Errata" heading: A corrected version of the book includes the following text ...


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Most of the books I've purchased have been used, and purchased from eBay. I seem to have the habit of getting very interested in out of print games :) Wait for a reprint? Will that happen? Once a system has been out of print for a while, it becomes practically unheard of for a reprint to happen. The odds are good that if the property has any remaining ...


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The First Edition AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide. Yes it's a rambling mess of disorganized thoughts in Gary's purple prose. It is also a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. I've used it in Traveller and Villians & Vigilantes which is probably about as far afield as you can go. For those insistent on world building The Shaping of Middle Earth is ...


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This being November, some things have changed a bit. Dust has settled, and the Essentials line is -AFAIK- recognized as being compatible with the core books. Amazon now has The three Core books in a giftset for $66.12 The Essentials books (Dungeon Master Kit, Monster Vault, Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, Rules Compendium) for ...


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This recommendation for The Guide to Herbs for RPGs cites my own experience using it for the purpose in the question. I've been using Shaun Hately's venerable The Guide to Herbs for RPGs, first publicly published in 1997 and now in its fifth edition. Since it can be freely redistributed, it can be found in several places, including in HTML as The ...


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The Serenity Role Playing Game book is a complete game in and of itself. It's the "core rules" for the Serenity game. You don't need the Cortex System book, and in fact, due to differences between the two, it's only going to confuse things. You probably should get the Big Damn Heroes Handbook. The rules and setting expansion it provides is worth the money. ...


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Rules for different versions are mostly incompatible. There are some conversion guides available on the internet if you if you want to mix content from different versions. As AceCalhoon points out in the comments, you can also use the d20srd site to find monster stats for 3e games.


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No, going by the first amazon review the board game is a 4.0 product, and therefore it cannot be the same as the 3.5 Castle Ravenloft book.


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The first link is the Player's Handbook 2, which adds many rules, feats, and classes into the game. The second and third are the Player's Handbook, which has the core basic rules needed to play. The difference between those two is whether they have extras in the back.



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