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D&D General Hilarious typos in D&D books


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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey


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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Despite it's name, the Oxford comma is an Americanism, and is considered incorrect in the UK.

Depends which style guide you use. In the UK The Oxford Style Manual and the MHRA Style Guide both recommend using it, while the Guardian Style Guide, The Cambridge Guide to English Usage, Fowler's Dictionary, and New Hart's Rules consider it discretionary.

Conversely in the US, The New York Times and the AP Stylebook both oppose its use.

It's not as black-and-white as a UK/US thing.
 

Despite it's name, the Oxford comma is an Americanism, and is considered incorrect in the UK. The purpose of punctuation is to clarify meaning. If the presence or absence of the punctuation mark does not change the meaning then it serves no purpose and should be omitted.

That's overstating the matter Paul. Oxford commas are absolutely not "considered incorrect" in the UK. It may be considered unnecessary, or less than ideal, by certain style guides, particularly for journalistic writing, but "incorrect" is going far too far. You also frequently see it used in UK legal documents. It's like people claiming - ize is "incorrect". It is not. It is less widely used, but it's still acceptable (your specific organisation may prefer a more standard form of course).
 


Zander

Explorer
Can't remember the source (could have been Dungeon Master for Dummies) that instead of Castle Maure says 'Castle Manure' [sic] in its index. Don't know if Castle Manure features in the Avernus campaign but it could explain the peeing. Maybe the elf though it was the done thing to pee at a castle made of dung. Might also explain the hot wind.

Another typo - from a third party RPG source I can't recall offhand - was 'pubic' instead of 'public'.
 

pukunui

Legend
Just found an actual typo in Storm King’s Thunder that I reckon is pretty hilarious!

Check out the first 5th level spell in this mage’s spellbook:
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Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
I thought about posting all the typos I found in Ghosts of Saltmarsh as I read through it, but... WotC isn't paying me to copy-edit their books for them.
 

Eltab

Is this a moon, or is it a space station?
Tangling two threads...
Cone of Cones produces dozens of the pointy-bottom kind of ice cream cones and blasts everybody in the zone with them. Use the rules for the spell Catapult except as modified here. On a crit, the spell also creates scoops of ice cream (caster's choice of flavor) which strike the targets (but do no additional damage).
 



pukunui

Legend
I thought about posting all the typos I found in Ghosts of Saltmarsh as I read through it, but... WotC isn't paying me to copy-edit their books for them.
I reckon Eberron: Rising from the Last War is the worst 5e book in terms of typos. You can pretty much turn to any random page in the book and find at least one (and that is only a slight exaggeration). Most of them aren't particularly hilarious, though.
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
Good luck fleeing from traffic cones; they reduce your speed to a crawl. (No pun intended.) They also block movement through normally-open spaces.
Cone of cones is a gold rated battlefield control spell. It creates traffic cones in a pattern of your choosing within a 90' long 40' wide cone. Targets within the cones treat it as difficult terrain and if they begin or end their turn within the cones must make a WIS save or be paralyzed with road rage until the end of their next turn. Not bad for a 2nd level conjuration.
 

vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
WotC should definitely gather all the hilarious typos from across all editions and create a document of spells and creatures based on those typos for Extra Life charity!

Cone of Cones
Lvl 3 spell (Druid)
1 bonus action
Concentration (10 minutes)
VSM

You create 8 magical pine cones in your space. They float in the air and orbit you for the spell's duration. When you cast the spell—and as a bonus action on each of your turns thereafter—you can expend one or two of the cones, sending them streaking toward a point or points you choose within 80 feet of you. Once a cone reaches its destination or impacts against a solid surface,it burst and release a volley of magical seeds. Each creature in a 15 feet cone from the point where the cones burst must make a Dexterity saving throw. A creature takes 2d6 piercing damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

At Higher Levels.
When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 4th level or higher, the number of cones created increases by two for each slot level above 3rd.
 

Adamant

Explorer
I reckon Eberron: Rising from the Last War is the worst 5e book in terms of typos. You can pretty much turn to any random page in the book and find at least one (and that is only a slight exaggeration). Most of them aren't particularly hilarious, though.
The typos, while normally frustrating, aren't nearly as bad as the places where the book contradicts itself on the same page. I had to cross reference with an archived 3.5e book to find out what language fiends speak, for example. They listed both abyssal and infernal as the sole language of fiends...
 


WotC should definitely gather all the hilarious typos from across all editions and create a document of spells and creatures based on those typos for Extra Life charity!

Cone of Cones
Lvl 3 spell (Druid)
1 bonus action
Concentration (10 minutes)
VSM

You create 8 magical pine cones in your space. They float in the air and orbit you for the spell's duration. When you cast the spell—and as a bonus action on each of your turns thereafter—you can expend one or two of the cones, sending them streaking toward a point or points you choose within 80 feet of you. Once a cone reaches its destination or impacts against a solid surface,it burst and release a volley of magical seeds. Each creature in a 15 feet cone from the point where the cones burst must make a Dexterity saving throw. A creature takes 2d6 piercing damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

At Higher Levels.
When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 4th level or higher, the number of cones created increases by two for each slot level above 3rd.

Darn, I was hoping for waffle cones. Still 8d8 cold damage, but survivors can enjoy a tasty treat.
 



Eltab

Is this a moon, or is it a space station?
Cone of Colts
You get run over by the Wide Receiver, pounded flat by the Defensive Line, then the Quarterback throws a football and beans you with it. Take damage and fall prone.

The other kind of colt? How about the Elvish trap at the ford outside of Rivendell?
 

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