5E D&D Products That Were Never Used By Anyone?

Deiscent

Villager
2e Chronomancer.
I know of roughly a dozen people (myself included) who
own a copy but zero who've ever actually used any part of it.
Interesting/odd read, but really needs stuff be written to encorperate it.
I fell in love with this book, and it ignited something in me about the concepts of time etc. that have held over for +20 years! This and the Complete Book of Necromancers! But your right of course, I had a GM tease me that he'd let me use the Chronomancer stuff, but that fell through. But every edition I look for a way to make one nonetheless.
 

Gradine

Archivist
In case anyone was thinking about adding them to the pile, but I used most if not all of the late-3.5x weird books. Basically, any of the official 3.5 products except for Ghostwalk. Oh, and Weapons of Legacy, I guess.
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
You're talking about the "Player's Secrets Of" series, right? Because, I actually did use the Stjordvik one in a short-lived (though non-Birthright) campaign. It was a compact location and had the right viking-ish feel.

I do keep thinking about running a throwback 2e Birthright campaign. I never got to play or run it back in the day, and I feel like it would create a dramatically different D&D experience.

This is a personal vote for me - i'm sure plenty of people got good use of them - but I'm going with all of the Brithright's Player Domain books.
 

Sabathius42

Explorer
I have a couple nominations for "Books i've never seen anyone use nor do I remember discussions on." I see that #3 has already been shot down though.

1. The Celtic and Roman historical splatbooks for 2e. Not super rare but i've never known anyone to own them.
2. Maztica setting for Forgotten Realms.
3. Dungeoneers and Wilderness Survival Guide (what garbage on an otherwise awesome series of books).
4. The set of three "environment books" for 3.5 (one was ocean, one was ice, and the third was deserts) which had some good ideas in them.

And my ultimate contribution...one that I actually really like and made multiple characters from because it was "different" but fairly balanced but ive never heard discussed.....Magic of Incarnum for 3.5. I don't really get the EVERYTHING IS BLUE!!! motiff but I really like the variety of new character types you could pull off with that book.

DS
 

TarionzCousin

Second Most Angelic Devil Ever
1. The Celtic and Roman historical splatbooks for 2e. Not super rare but i've never known anyone to own them.
4. The set of three "environment books" for 3.5 (one was ocean, one was ice, and the third was deserts) which had some good ideas in them.
I own and have used some things from the Celtic splatbook.

I played in a couple campaigns with a DM who used Frostburn and Sandstorm.
 

Zardnaar

Hero
I have a couple nominations for "Books i've never seen anyone use nor do I remember discussions on." I see that #3 has already been shot down though.

1. The Celtic and Roman historical splatbooks for 2e. Not super rare but i've never known anyone to own them.
2. Maztica setting for Forgotten Realms.
3. Dungeoneers and Wilderness Survival Guide (what garbage on an otherwise awesome series of books).
4. The set of three "environment books" for 3.5 (one was ocean, one was ice, and the third was deserts) which had some good ideas in them.

And my ultimate contribution...one that I actually really like and made multiple characters from because it was "different" but fairly balanced but ive never heard discussed.....Magic of Incarnum for 3.5. I don't really get the EVERYTHING IS BLUE!!! motiff but I really like the variety of new character types you could pull off with that book.

DS
I used Stormwrack and own the Roman and Celtic PDFs, never used them though even back in the day (we did use the Greek one).
 

Gradine

Archivist
4. The set of three "environment books" for 3.5 (one was ocean, one was ice, and the third was deserts) which had some good ideas in them.
These were excellent books that I've used quite extensively.

And my ultimate contribution...one that I actually really like and made multiple characters from because it was "different" but fairly balanced but ive never heard discussed.....Magic of Incarnum for 3.5. I don't really get the EVERYTHING IS BLUE!!! motiff but I really like the variety of new character types you could pull off with that book.
One of my favorite PCs was an Incarnate. Once our DM put together this epic combat against a legion of goblins led by a warlord riding a war elephant. On the first turn I airstepped up to the warlord's platform, got a crit and one-shotted him (we were using the wounds/vitality variant system), and the rest of the goblins basically just surrendered. It was awesome.

If there was an official 3.5 splat with one or more random one-off base classes, I've played one. I think the only 3.5 books with base classes I never made PCs with were Complete Arcane and Complete Warrior, and I've DMed both a Warlock and a Swashbuckler.
 

reelo

Explorer
My 3e Oriental Adventures book is pristine. I bought it, read it, never, ever used it, nor, do I hear anyone really talking about how they did either.
Mine saw extensive use. I played in a Rokugan/OA campaign that lasted until lvl 17!
 

Mistwell

Hero
There were some 3e Forgotten Realms sourcebooks that it seemed like a lot of people bought to read, but which nobody really ever used. At least, in the games I saw. Books like:

Unapproachable East
Silver Marches
Shining South
Serpent Kingdoms
 

Gradine

Archivist
There were some 3e Forgotten Realms sourcebooks that it seemed like a lot of people bought to read, but which nobody really ever used. At least, in the games I saw. Books like:

Unapproachable East
Silver Marches
Shining South
Serpent Kingdoms
I definitely plundered Serpent Kingdoms for inspiration, but I can't say I ever actually used it as is or not.
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
I enjoyed reading these books, but of them only actually used the Shining South (Halruaa, specifically). The Unapproachable East is one I still really want to run a campaign using. One day…

I’ve really been digging seeing all the stories in this thread of all the obscure products that people have actually gotten use out of.

There were some 3e Forgotten Realms sourcebooks that it seemed like a lot of people bought to read, but which nobody really ever used. At least, in the games I saw. Books like:

Unapproachable East
Silver Marches
Shining South
Serpent Kingdoms
 
There were some 3e Forgotten Realms sourcebooks that it seemed like a lot of people bought to read, but which nobody really ever used. At least, in the games I saw. Books like:

Unapproachable East
Silver Marches
Shining South
Serpent Kingdoms
I ran a whole 3e campaign in the Silver Marches, and used that sourcebook extensively.
 

Satyrn

Villager
2. Maztica setting for Forgotten Realms.
I ran a one shot set in Maztica, and playec a pluma knight see displaced into the Dalelands in sunshine else's FR game.

I also take from it for my current game, where a cult of city dwellers who worship Zaltec set up their secret lair in the megadungeon.

Oh top of that, at least one other person has certainly used Maztica, since they adapted it to 5e.
 

Mr. Wilson

Explorer
Silver Marches I used, but I own the entire 3.5 FR run and can honestly say I've never used most of the other setting splatbooks. They were great reads, however. I'm a lore junkie.

I own every Eberron book as well and I do a better job of incorporating some of that stuff but I've never used the Stormreach book. I plan to this campaign, however. Don't think I've ever used the Magic of Eberron, Secrets of Sarlona, or The Forge of War either now that I think about it.

I've read them cover to cover at least twice though.
 

Gradine

Archivist
Silver Marches I used, but I own the entire 3.5 FR run and can honestly say I've never used most of the other setting splatbooks. They were great reads, however. I'm a lore junkie.

I own every Eberron book as well and I do a better job of incorporating some of that stuff but I've never used the Stormreach book. I plan to this campaign, however. Don't think I've ever used the Magic of Eberron, Secrets of Sarlona, or The Forge of War either now that I think about it.

I've read them cover to cover at least twice though.
The Forge of War is... not great in a lot of ways... but I was still able to mine it for quite of bit of interesting things.

I've never bothered with Sarlona or the Dreaming Dark as while I love psionics my players categorically do not.
 

Mr. Wilson

Explorer
Same. Literally no one in my groups have ever played a Kalashtar or a changeling.

Warforged are extremely popular and most of the BBEG types have been Dragonmarked houses, the Daelkyr, or the Lords of Dust. I've never used the Dreaming Dark.
 

Zardnaar

Hero
There were some 3e Forgotten Realms sourcebooks that it seemed like a lot of people bought to read, but which nobody really ever used. At least, in the games I saw. Books like:

Unapproachable East
Silver Marches
Shining South
Serpent Kingdoms
Have not used the Shining South used the others.
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
I had one PC Changeling in a campaign I ran. She claimed to be a “peasant seamstress,” but actually an assassin.

I've never seen anyone play a Kalashtar, either. I'm sure they're out there, but for me, as a DM that hates psionics, I'm fine with that. :D

Same. Literally no one in my groups have ever played a Kalashtar or a changeling.
 

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