D&D 5E Do you ACTUALLY use 3rd Party Books?

In the last 2 years, has your group used 3rd Party content in your game?

  • Yes, we've used player content AND monsters

    Votes: 152 64.4%
  • Yes, but only monsters

    Votes: 42 17.8%
  • No, but I'd allow player content AND monsters

    Votes: 12 5.1%
  • No, but I'd allow monsters

    Votes: 10 4.2%
  • No, I don't allow 3PP

    Votes: 20 8.5%

  • Poll closed .

FormerLurker

Adventurer
Have you actually used 3rd Party products at your game table in your last campaign or two?
(Books and PDFs, not personal homebrew.)

I've bought lots of 3PP content but none of it has been used apart from monsters...

-edit-

I excluded campaign setting and adventures as those can be pretty system agnostic.
 
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Oofta

Legend
I use some lore stuff I've gotten from DmsGuild. I have the Tome of Monsters from Kobold Press and a couple other books mostly because my wife (who also DMs) wanted them. But they pretty much sit on a shelf and gather dust.

So technically I use 3PP stuff but it's either not covered under the OGL anyway or it accounts for less than 1% of what I actually use. In decades of play I've never been in a game that allowed 3PP character options.
 

Reynard

Legend
I have used 3PP stuff since literally the day 3E dropped (Creature Collection) through the present (Midgard Heroes) -- monster books, player facing material, adventures, settings, etc... It has been a boon to my gaming and gaming in general. People that scoff at it have obviously not paid attention to the last 20+ years.
 

I'm assuming by "Yes, but only monsters" you meant the wider range of DM centered products which is what I voted for.

I believe it was @GMforPowergamers who said it, but I agree with not allowing player focused 3PP content at my table because it often can be imbalanced and if you allow 1 player to use something that is actually balanced pretty well, it gets harder to tell another player no to something that's imbalanced.
 

Oofta

Legend
I have used 3PP stuff since literally the day 3E dropped (Creature Collection) through the present (Midgard Heroes) -- monster books, player facing material, adventures, settings, etc... It has been a boon to my gaming and gaming in general. People that scoff at it have obviously not paid attention to the last 20+ years.

Just because I don't use something doesn't mean I don't acknowledge the value it has to others. Whether or not the OGL was good for the industry as a whole is a whole other issue, personally I think it may well have stifled innovation.
 

Cruentus

Adventurer
Couldn’t really answer the poll because I’m not sure where I fit. I use 3PP materials, but only bits and pieces in my homebrew sandbox. I don’t use whole settings, rarely use classes, sometimes modded monsters, sometimes a specific location. I use them for inspiration, but don’t depend on them.
 



Reynard

Legend
Couldn’t really answer the poll because I’m not sure where I fit. I use 3PP materials, but only bits and pieces in my homebrew sandbox. I don’t use whole settings, rarely use classes, sometimes modded monsters, sometimes a specific location. I use them for inspiration, but don’t depend on them.
I think that the OGL actually increased innovation. It not only had people experimenting with d20/D&D, it had people who pushed back against it innovating. The Forge and the games that came out of there, house systems by companies that did not join the d20 glut, new takes on old ideas. The last 23 years have been full of innovation with a large number of strong companies unassociated with D&D/d20.
 

Yes—and more than just player options and monsters. I’ve used random encounter builders (Loke’s Untold Encounters of the Random Kind), prebuilt locations (Nord’s Remarkable Inns and Their Drinks), and on and on.
 

Remathilis

Legend
Bits and bobs. Mercer's gunslinger and blood hunter. Zarieth's witch class. Stuff found online via DMs Guild and GM Binder. I've considered Grim Hollow and Primeval Thule as settings, but haven't run them yet. Run a few Goodman modules.

But no, I haven't really used 3pp in any serious capacity since moving from Pathfinder. We've briefly toyed with other 3pp games (Starfinder and M&M) but neither seemed to land fit us. For the most part, I was happy to occasionally augment my D&D with some new options, or try a d20 based game in a different genre, but I mostly stuck to WotC's offerings.
 



Xamnam

Loves Your Favorite Game
I've got nothing against them, but I've not come across anything in my browsing that has compelled me to buy or incorporate it. I'll admit, I've not been playing long enough to have exhausted the well of the base game's interest.
 



TwoSix

Unserious gamer
I use a ton of 3rd party stuff, primarily from Kibblestasty, Laserllama, and Mage Hand Press. And I use in the sense that I've run characters or DMed characters using classes, subclasses, and other rules systems that 3pp have provided.

I've been vocal for the past several years that I think a well-curated 3pp game works better than core WotC 5e. Core 5e is pretty loosely balanced already, so as long as the 3pp isn't any stronger than a peace cleric/chronurgy wizard or clockwork soul/hexblade I'm not going to worry about it. Targeted magic item distribution is the universal cure to any emergent balance concerns in a 5e game, anyway.
 

Same as some others here: Monsters, Magic Items, Settings, Ship rules, Alternative initiative rules but not true player-facing stuff like classes/sub-classes or feats.

ETA: in a prior campaign, I did introduce the player-facing Stronghold and Follower rules but the players didn't really get into them.
 
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Nebulous

Legend
I have used 3rd party stuff from Kobold Press extensively. I have most of the pdfs and a lot of the material for Roll20, so absolutely yes. They are also my first choice for the Black Flag system, although I am sure that is a long way out from actually being published.
 

reelo

Hero
I don't. I don't play 5E.
The only horse I have in this race is the OSR. SO i have a vested interest in 1.0a being upheld in one way or the other.

But in the worst-case scenario, I'm pretty sure there'll be something for me under the ORC umbrella eventually. There's Chaosium already, and Kobold Press, and I'm sure others will join. Maybe a whole new slew of "old-school-style" games will come to be, who knows?
 

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