D&D General Essential supplements for each edition


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braro

Explorer
For 4e, Heroes of the Feywild and Heroes of the Elemental Chaos were both essential to me. I actually prefer them to the 2nd PHB (more or less). They were some of the last books made, and they worked really well as expansions for the pre-essentials game.
 

Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
For 4e, Heroes of the Feywild and Heroes of the Elemental Chaos were both essential to me. I actually prefer them to the 2nd PHB (more or less). They were some of the last books made, and they worked really well as expansions for the pre-essentials game.
I enjoyed Heroes of the Feywild and Heroes of Shadow quite a bit. The last 4E character I ran was a Skald, and before that I had a long-running Blackguard who became a Lord of Ravenloft in Epic tier. I found those books kind of an interesting blend of Essentials and pre-Essentials.
 
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Yora

Legend
The only thing that could somewhat be considered an essential supplement are the Expert Rules for the Basic Rules. But I see them more as being Core Rulebook 2 of B/X and BECMI instead of supplements.

Some or all of the OD&D supplements might count, but I don't really know that game.
 



We probably have different definitions of "essential." There are soooooo many great supplements that I wouldn't want to play with just the core books alone.
We don’t either, put we don’t need anything else from WotC or even a 3PP. We can make what we need ourselves.

That is why nothing else is essential IMO.
 


Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
We don’t either, put we don’t need anything else from WotC or even a 3PP. We can make what we need ourselves.

That is why nothing else is essential IMO.
Doesn't that just negate the entire premise of the OP?

Out of curiosity, what would you consider the essential non-core sourcebooks for each edition of D&D? The general rules expansions, books of races and classes, and so forth that were considered key additions to the core game. This can be either general observations, or just for your own group.
 

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