I recently was looking through an online games store for tabletop games and in the section for D&D 5e I found a book series called "5th Edition Adventures".

I have never seen these books, the don't seem to be part of the "normal" D&D 5e books as the art is entirely different, the only thing I can see that would reverence what it is part of is the following quote from the description :

This is an introductory adventure for those playing the 5th Edition of the world's best known and oldest RPG.

I am talking about this book. There seem be be a lot of these. from A0 to A6 and from C2 to C7. I also found a S1 and an U2 (this seems to be how they number the books. ).

I have no idea what these books are and it is very difficult to Google because I can only find stuff related to D&D 5e when googling it.

Does anyone know what these books are about?


It is a D&D 5e-compatible adventure by Troll Lord Games. They're most notable for being the publisher of Castles & Crusades — and being Gygax's last publisher.

The odd numbering system is how old (1st edition) adventures were numbered - and while I can't attest to this, I believe this is a series of 5e compatible adventures with an old-school feel.

You can click on Troll Lord's link on the site to see their available catalog.

When you ask if anyone knows what these books are about - I am not sure if you mean either of the following:

  • What is the narrative content of the adventure?
  • Are these books (un)official 5e material?

While I haven't played any of TLG's 5e-compatible content, I did run Goodman Games' Into the Borderlands, their official 5e conversion of Keep on the Borderlands, for almost two years. 3rd-party content quality varies by author and publisher — but much of it is very good. That book was beautiful and was a blast to play.

I think you'll find quite a bit of people out there who heartily endorse 3rd party content.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I beleve the reason for calling it "5th Edition" is that third-party publishers are wary of using the name "Dungeons & Dragons", a trademark of Wizards of the Coast. That, and it sorts at the top alphabetically on RPGNow. \$\endgroup\$ – Quadratic Wizard Oct 10 '19 at 17:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ i did indeed mean if they where (un)official 5e material but the added info is always welcome \$\endgroup\$ – darnok Oct 11 '19 at 7:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ @QuadraticWizard: Indeed, the name "Dungeons & Dragons" (and abbreviation "D&D") is referenced as "Product Identity" and as "not Open Content" in the OGL. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast May 28 '20 at 20:42

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