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Questions tagged [books]

Rules and related materials that are published in print or digital form and are not periodicals or websites.

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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, ...
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What if the players refuse to join the questing pack in the Valkenburg Foundation?

The Werewolf adventure The Valkenburg Foundation begins with the players being asked to join the Questing Pack. Their role in the questing pack is pivotal because it is the mechanism used to feed them ...
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Which Pathfinder adventures are supported by Bestiary 1?

My family and I are just getting into pen and paper RPGs and started off with the Pathfinder beginner's box. After completing that campaign, we are ready to move on to the next adventure. In ...
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Does the Player's Handbook contain anything that would specifically help dungeon masters?

Does the Player's Handbook contain anything that would specifically help dungeon masters? I am curious about this because I am trying to find out if I can honestly learn a lot about Dungeons and ...
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Do the D&D 5e source books specify which edition they are?

In my copies of the 5e Player's Handbook and 5e Monster Manual, I cannot find it stated anywhere that they are source books for 5th edition. In the PHB, both the preface and the introduction only ...
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Is there a Forgotten Realms campaign setting book for D&D 5e?

To immerse myself into the world of the Forgotten Realms I wanted to pick up a book or source materials of the lore. Is there a comparable book like it exists for Pathfinder with the Inner Sea World ...
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What can I include in 3rd-party content? [duplicate]

What WotC 5e D&D content am I and am I not allowed to use in published 3rd-party content? Core books? Books like Xanathar's and Volo's? Unearthed Arcana? How do I avoid plagiarism, copyright ...
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Which sourcebook is “Unholy Vampire” from?

I found a character build in a forum post that references Savage vampire from Libris Mortis and Unholy vampire, which I have never seen before. My character is in need of some Unholy Toughness, so the ...
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Is my copy of Ki Khanga a misprint?

I've been very confused by Ki Khanga, and it occurs to me that maybe there are sections missing from my book. If there's a section missing from the chapter on action resolution, that'd explain a lot ...
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Where can I get the manuals and handbooks for D&D 4E inexpensively?

I'm looking for a way to get a hold of the manuals and handbooks for D&D 4th edition, but I don't have any money; and I don't know any sites that will let you download them for free legally. Does ...
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Where can I purchase a legal Xanathar's Guide to Everything PDF? [duplicate]

Hardback books take up so much room I don't have.... is there a legal PDF somewhere I can purchase?
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What are the exact dimensions of the 2012 premium re-release of the 3.5 core rulebooks?

I am looking to build slipcases for the 2012 premium reprints of the PHB, DMG, and Monster Manual, but do not have books in hand. What are the exact dimensions of the 2012 premium reprints of the 3.5 ...
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Page 189 of… which Werewolf Players Guide?

After long contemplation and because I lack access to the book and I don't know which I should track down second-hand, I ask the community: Hengeyokai (WW 03063, published 1998) references on page ...
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Where should I report printing errors in Xanathar's Guide to Everything?

I've found a printing error in Xanathar's Guide to Everything in the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian subclass. The subclass table lists different dice sizes than the feature descriptions. I'm not sure ...
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I have the Player's Handbook; should I get the Dungeon Master's Guide or Monster Manual next? [closed]

This is my first time DMing, and I already have the Player's Handbook. I'm wondering which core book I should get next: the Dungeon Master's Guide or the Monster Manual? I am creating a campaign for ...
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As a player, is Player's Basic Rules sufficient in order to play the game with other players online?

I'm looking to get into Dungeons & Dragons 5e and playing with other players online through roll20.net and other sites, but I wonder if Player's Basic Rules will be sufficient for me in order not ...
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Can one aquire digital core rulebooks? [duplicate]

I own the PHB, DMG and MM physically. I've also downloaded the various free pdfs from the WotC site (Elemental Evil Player's Companion, various Unearthed Arcana, etc). I find it convenient to be ...
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In Fighting Fantasy books, what is considered “one item”? [closed]

Step 313 in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain says, in part: He wears a suit of leather armor no better than your own, holds a wooden shield on one wrist and clutches a steel-bladed sword in his ...
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Have the in-game Pathfinder Chronicles been published out of game?

I have read about the Pathfinder Chronicles that you can find (printed editions) in the Golarion setting. In Seekers of Secrets you can find the content of some editions summarized but I am wondering ...
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Looking for a non-fiction book on RPG gaming from the late '80s

I've read a few similar questions on RPG.SE - I know for sure that the book I'm looking for is neither Dicing with Dragons nor Fantasy Wargaming. I was nearly sure it was Dicing with Dragons. ...
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What was this 80s book about RPGs?

There was a book I had in the mid 80s that I'd love to find again. I don't remember the title or author, but I'm almost sure it wasn't part of any of the more well-known gamebook series like Fighting ...
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What do the core three books provide that is not already in the Basic Rules, SRD, and free supplements?

Wizards of the Coast freely give away the Basic Rules for Dungeons and Dragons and the Systems Reference Document. They also give away a huge number of extra resources, which are referenced here on ...
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Which Pathfinder books aren't Golarion specific?

Paizo has published a large number of sourcebooks for Pathfinder. But it's hard to tell which ones are tied to their world of Golarion as opposed to being more general game aids. Aside from the ...
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Where can digital AD&D 1e books be bought?

I am looking to join an AD&D 1e campaign, and I need the sourcebooks, too. Where online I can buy digital AD&D 1e books?
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I have a bunch of old books. How can I find out how much they're worth?

I just came across a box full of old RPG books and modules that are in great condition. How do I find out if they are worth anything?
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Without opening the PHB, is there a way to know if it's a particular printing?

Related: How do I know which printing of the PHB I have? There's finally a PHB in-stock in our FLGS, I want to buy it but I read the above question and learned that there's a second printing with ...
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Are D&D PDFs sold in multiple versions of different quality?

I'm looking for official PDFs (all editions of D&D). I wanted to give drivethrurpg a try, but I wonder: do different PDFs version of the same book exist (in different quality)? Subsidiary ...
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Help me identify this 1980s book about role-playing

I'm trying to find a book which a friend had back in the 80s. I held it and browsed it, but I haven't seen it in over 20 years. It was a hardcover with binding and cover like the original AD&D ...
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Did X-Risks change biomorph infection rolls?

So X-Risks is out, and does a lot to define the rolls to resist exsurgent infection. Some of these apply to info previously in core or elsewhere, particularly so for the below: A biomorph exposed ...
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Stats of a Sheep

Effect 77-78 of the wild magic surge table in the Player's Handbook states: You cast polymorph on yourself. If you fail the saving throw, you turn into a sheep for the spell's duration. Polymorph'...
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In what source books do hybrid and base classes appear?

Today I stumbled upon this Hybrid Classes page (d20pfsrd) and since I once bought a few pathfinder source books in PDF I went to see if I already own the relevant book (I usually play liberally-...
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Are there names for the sections in a monster stat block?

The Monster Manual have tapered horizontal rules that separate sections of the monster stat block (after the monster type, before and after the ability scores, and after the challenge rating). Are ...
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Was the d20 SRD ever printed in physical books?

I own most of the D&D 3.5e rule books, but I've always wondered: were there any printed books of the d20 SRD ruleset (e.g. like the PHB, DMG, and MM books) that just include the d20 SRD rules, ...
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Where are Enhancement prices for magic items?

I'm a fairly new DM, and one of my players continually asks for page references for everything. I have seen on the exchange plenty of questions regarding price adjustments when adding enhancement to ...
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Is there a Tiefling counterpart to the Pathfinder Player Companion Blood of Angels?

The Pathfinder Player Companion Blood of Angels goes into detail on Aasimar with background, points of view, extra rules for different subtypes, a pair of charts to randomise your character and so on. ...
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DnD 3.5(e) source books [duplicate]

I'm currently playing a DnD 3.5 campaign and the only sources we are currently using are: the PHB, the Dungeon Master Handbook, the Monster manual. Now there seem to be a lot of other books out there,...
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Do I need the Monster Manual to create my own adventures?

We acquired the D&D Starter Set and Players Handbook and have begun playing the supplied adventure. Now I'm inspired to try my hand at creating my own adventure. I'm planning to pick up the ...
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What's the difference in lore content between the editions' Monster Manuals?

I own the 5E Monster Manual. I also have the Monster Manual I, code number 2009 from 1E. I can see the difference between these two versions but I don't know what the other editions' Monster Manuals ...
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Where are the rules for Ride skill and beasts?

The ride skill (not pilot) in SAGA edition core rule books states: Use this skill to ride any kind of mount, such as a tauntaun, dewback or bantha Obviously these are types of beasts, as opposed ...
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What book contains the rules for creating travelling shows?

I noticed that the Palladium website has a Traveling Show Creation Log. Presumably this worksheet would be used while working through the rules, detailed in a supplement of some kind, for defining a ...
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Are the Basic Rules PDFs enough to get into D&D, or do I need the Player's Handbook?

I'm looking into getting into D&D as a player. Is the free Basic Rules they supply on their website enough for a player to start, or should I just buy the Player's Handbook?
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DMing without any resources: Is this DND anymore? [closed]

I have a DM who doesn't use a map or minis, rarely uses our stats, and usually only uses rolls. Sometimes he uses a book. Most of the time he's really only telling a story, and we're telling it with ...