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.

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Are there any official rules regarding studying books? [duplicate]

I have one simple question: Are there any official rules regarding studying books? Any kind of books really. For example, if I spend 10 days downtime studying books does my Intelligence or Wisdom ...
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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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In what sourcebook for Pathfinder are witches located? [duplicate]

In what sourcebook for Pathfinder are witches located?
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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 ...
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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 ...