Questions tagged [books]

For questions about game books - such as rules, adventures, and related materials - that are published in print or digital form, and are not periodicals or websites. (If the question is about in-game books that characters can read or interact with, use the [equipment] tag instead.)

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How “official” is the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount book?

What's the state of Explorer's Guide to Wildemount? Was it playtested? Is it a valid resource for a Forgotten Realms campaign? Is it an AL-legal sourcebook - can I use it for the "+1" rule? ...
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Is the “Immortals Handbook” series official WotC material?

Is the Immortals Handbook series official WotC material? Regardless of any thoughts on the general quality, as sources seem conflicted on that, my question only relates to how official these books are....
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How can I tell which version a classic World of Darkness book is for? [duplicate]

I'm a novice in the World of Darkness games. Most of my books are purchased piece-meal through game stores. This answer has been incredibly helpful in laying out the various games and editions that ...
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What are the default subraces in the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook?

I am having difficulty finding information on the default subraces offered in the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook: What is the default elf subrace? What is the default gnome subrace? What is the ...
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How to read the elven on the 3rd edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting cover?

The cover for the book in question has inscriptions in the espruar script on its outer circle. According to one of the authors, it means: “We remember cities now in ruin and forests murdered, yet ...
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Has Brian Jacques's estate licensed the Redwall IP for an official role-playing game?

Pretty much what it says on the tin. Is there an RPG system that has been licensed for the Redwall setting created by Brian Jacques? I expect the answer to be "No" so as a follow up, has there been ...
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What are the official abbreviations or short forms of the 3rd edition of the D&D books?

What are the official abbreviations or short forms of the titles of 3rd edition of the D&D books? There appear to be a few different styles or forms online.
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Which sourcebooks can be used as the additional resource for AL PHB+1?

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 ...
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Is there an easy way to know what edition a World of Darkness sourcebook is?

I've recently started getting into World of Darkness and I'm realizing there are 5 different editions of sourcebooks: First edition Second edition Revised (3rd) edition V20 (4th) edition Fifth ...
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Which 4e monster books used the new monster math?

After Monster Manual 3, 4e had new monster math that updated the game. However, there are a number of other books with monsters, including in things like Dragon magazine, where I can't tell if it's ...
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How does one track/incorporate errata in relation to printed rulebooks without having to memorize, or constantly check against, the errata?

I bought myself a shiny new rulebook for a relatively new system and, of course, there's already a full document of errata! In order to make this easier for myself, I sat down with a pen and sticky ...
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Are D&D novelizations considered canonical source materials?

I'm curious if the works of R.A. Salvatore and the like are considered canon source material for D&D campaign games. Or if they are treated more like fanfictions.
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Who is the narrator of the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide book?

Some of the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide appears to be written from an in-universe character in first person. Evidence of this can be found throughout, but as an example, from the section on ...
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Starting with D&D: Starter Set vs Dungeon Master's Guide

I have been GMing Call of Cthulhu 7th Ed. for some time and now want to try something different. I would like to go with D&D 5.0 since it will be available in my native tongue in a few weeks - the ...
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What books did WotC give Arthaus's official permission to publish?

I'm looking for the titles that include Arthaus's Ravenloft with this and Arthaus's Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game?
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Which books are in AEG's Oriental Adventures product line?

Which books are in AEG's Oriental Adventures product line? The books in that line are the ones that WotC gave permission to use this logo.
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Which D&D 3.0 & 3.5 Kingdoms of Kalamar books are considered officially licensed third-party products?

Hey I Can Chan's answer to the question "How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?" describes a category of products as follows (emphasis mine): officially licensed Kingdoms of Kalamar third ...
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Which D&D 3.0 & 3.5 Dragonlance books are considered officially licensed third-party products?

Hey I Can Chan's answer to the question "How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?" describes a category of products as follows (emphasis mine): officially licensed Dragonlance third party ...
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Should we use modules or the monster manuals if they disagree?

In the module Out of the Abyss on page 231, it lists the creatures Male Steeder and Female Steeder. These creatures are listed as beasts. In MToF on page 238, it lists these same creatures with the ...
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What is the “5th Edition Adventures” book series?

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 ...
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What are sources for Magic Items that are not adventure-specific?

As a DM, I like to award items to my players. These may not be in the module I'm currently running, so I often draw from the DMG. I recently found that XGtE also has a list of magical items (this ...
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What is “Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron”?

I have seen that WotC is coming out with a Eberron campaign source book titled Eberron: Rising from the Last War - but I have seen references to something called Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron, which I ...
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What is the consensus on which books should be banned due to either exploitability, lack of balance, or poor editing? [closed]

At first this may seem to be a largely opinion-based question, but the more that I read the more that there appears to be a consensus. For example, in something resembling decreasing order of the ...
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Do the original English rule books have the same contents per page number as the French-translated ones?

I've ordered the official French translation of the DMG (edited by Black Book Editions) and I was wondering if the page numbers remain the same. I can read that the book has 320 pages as listed in ...
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Is there an official supplement about psionics or are they only mentioned in UA-material?

I'm a big fan of psionics (like ones described in the Expanded Psionics Handbook for D&D 3.5e) including character options, monsters, lore, everything in fact, and I want to use them in my D&D ...
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What official books contain spells?

I recently found the Encode Thoughts cantrip in the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, which has left me wondering if there are any other spells that I am missing. What official sources contain spells (...
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As of the November 2018 core book updates, what changes were made in the latest printings of the PHB that aren't noted in the errata document?

The D&D 5e core books were updated with a new printing as of November 2018 (alongside the release of the Core Rules Gift Set), as can be seen from a number of new questions and updated answers ...
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Is there a celestial/good equivalent of the Fiendish Codexes and Fiend Folio?

I have recently been studying D&D Cosmology and was impressed by the level of detail in the descriptions of Baator and The Abyss found in Fiendish Codex I & II. Are there any source books ...
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What resources would be needed to play a 2e Dragonlance campaign?

I've started playing D&D again (5e). It inspired me to look at my old gaming books and I got nostalgic for AD&D 2e. I started to reread the PHB and remembered the fun I had with Dragonlance. ...
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What is Orcus doing with Mind Flayers in the art on the last page of Volo's Guide to Monsters?

On the last page of Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 224), there is a picture of Orcus, several Mind Flayers, and an Elder Brain standing (although that might not be the best term for the Elder Brain) ...
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What is the winged creature on the back of the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes book?

On the back of the Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes book, there is a small creature with wings: What is this creature? It doesn't match any of the creatures in any of the monster manuals. It kind of looks ...
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Which creature is depicted in this Xanathar's Guide illustration of a war mage?

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything on page 59, there is an image of a war mage with some kind of creature on his shoulders. The creature looks vaguely like a Ki-Rin to me, but since Ki-Rins are ...
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Are there any D&D novels featuring shardminds?

The shardminds were introduced in D&D 4E. So, are there any published D&D novels featuring shardminds? I don't mind the setting of the novel (Forgotten Realms, Eberron, etc), I just need to ...
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Why are the rules for the polymorph subschool of magic separated from the rest of the book?

When I first bought the core rulebooks for Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, I did a cursory look through of all the books. One thing that stuck out to me was the fact that in the very back of the Player's ...
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Authoring software used to create illustrated Pen&Paper book [closed]

At the risk of being somewhat off-topic (sorry but couldn't find any conclusive info on this) ... What authoring software is recommended to create rich, illustrated books in a similar style as many ...
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What books do I need to DM a D&D 3.5 game?

I've DMed a few 5e D&D sessions and I've thoroughly enjoyed it, but I did some research and found that the more in-depth nature of 3.5 seemed like something I might enjoy. I was able to track ...
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Which books do I need in order to run a Starfinder game?

I recently got me the core rule book of Starfinder and I really love the setting and the rules. I want to run a Starfinder game but I don't exactly know which books I need or where to start exactly. ...
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Where is this construct augmentation section I remember?

I've looked through a bunch of books and pdfs and cannot find a very specific section that exists in one of them detailing new types of purchasable/buildable alterations for a construct. ...
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What was this official D&D 3.5e Lovecraft-flavored rulebook?

I faintly remember of a D&D 3.5 book, but I can not really remember its title. The book had a lovecraftian flavor, it was official and it was about old gods and monsters, that existed in the ...
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What resources are essential for an Adventure's League DM?

We were formerly participating in an Adventure's League at a local gaming shop, but had to step away for the last 2 months for personal reasons. Our situation has changed - but now the backlog of ...
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What was corrected in City of Mist between the 2017 and 2019 printings?

The 2019 release of City of Mist reorganized its core from one book into two, as explained in this FAQ from their product page on DriveThruRPG: Why did you split the original Core Book into two books?...
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Who is pictured on the cover of Dragonlance Adventures?

Who are the characters depicted on the cover of the Dragonlance Adventures hardcover? The painting was done by Jeff Easley, and I'm pretty sure it's depicting Tanis taking the crown from Emperor ...
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Does the Monster Manual supersede the Player's Handbook [closed]

How does a DM know, in D&D 5th edition, which source to refer to if there is a seeming conflict between two core rule books? During the discussion under this question, I noted the following ...
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Are spells removed from class lists in the Spell Compendium effectively removed or just an oversight?

Even though I know there's a controversy to whether or not use Spell Compendium as a unerring and definitive errata, in my playgroups we tend to do so with some exceptions. Now we are facing a issue ...
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Which adventure books have information pertinent to non-adventure play? [closed]

I am trying to find out which books have all of the extra non-adventure content. I have found this Wikipedia page, so I know which books are supplement-only. Are there adventure books that have extra ...
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Where are temporary hit points mentioned in the PHB?

Where are temporary hit points mentioned in the PHB? I can't find it in the Player's Handbook.
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Where is the Storm Boomerang located in the books?

I have seen references to a Storm Boomerang on D&D Beyond and a couple of other places, saying it's in Princes of the Apocalypse. I have the book, but cannot find it anywhere. Can someone give me ...
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How do I know which edition of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) the books I'm looking at are for?

I know there are quite a few editions of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), each of which has loads of rules, source, and splat books. But how do I know which edition the books I'm looking at are for? ...
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What changed between DMG and DMG 2?

I slept on 4th edition almost entirely. There's a 5e round-table discussion from last year hosted by Koebel, in which not only is the DMG 2 described as much better -- which is something I've heard ...
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Is there a way to reference between printed 5e page numbers and equivalent D&D Beyond content that doesn't suck?

I'm currently playing in a 5e campaign hosted on D& Beyond by a DM who owns nearly all of the material published so far for the game. This is great! The material is accessible, well-organized, ...