The Adventurers League Players Guide for Season 9 explains PHB+1 as follows:

Forgotten Realms characters can choose race and class options from the Player’s Handbook and one other resource—a rule called “PHB+1.” Additional resources include the following products:

• Elemental Evil Player’s Companion (EEPC)

• Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide (SCAG)

• Volo’s Guide to Monsters (VGM)

• Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (XGE)1

• Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes (ToF)2

• Locathah Rising(LR)*

Is "include" as used here intended to mean "are limited to", or are these resources simply listed as examples of sourcebooks that may be used?

*: Locathah Rising is listed in v. 9.2 of the ALPG that I have on my computer. I don't remember how I obtained it. The linked PDF is version 9.0 and does not list this resource.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Related: "What is the "+1 rule" for Adventurers League?" \$\endgroup\$ Mar 5, 2020 at 15:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ As I understand it the newest version of the AL Documents is maintained on the DMs Guild entry \$\endgroup\$
    – Someone_Evil
    Mar 5, 2020 at 15:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MivaScott The related question appears to be using old wording that is unambiguous. A literal interpretation of the Season 9 ALPG rules as written implies that the policy has changed and it is permissible to use resources other than those listed. As such that answer does not answer this question. \$\endgroup\$
    – intuited
    Mar 6, 2020 at 12:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ I believe v9.2 is probably available from dndadventurersleague.org, before the pack on DMsGuild is updated. It's here: dndadventurersleague.org/al-campaign-rules-updates-january-2020 (EDIT: The DMsGuild pack has since been updated.) \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Mar 7, 2020 at 0:46

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The list is exhaustive

While the wording introducing the list might have some ambiguity, the note below which excludes some options is pretty clear:

NOTE: Races with flight at 1st level, and options from any resource other than those listed above aren’t available without specific campaign documentation (i.e., certs, etc.).

AL Players Guide v9.2

That list is exhaustive as no other source is allowed unless something else explicitly lets you use that option. (Note that the Eberron campaign does not use the PHB+1 rule)


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