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How do you read your TTRPG books?

How do you read your TTRPG books?

  • Sequentially

    Votes: 15 29.4%
  • Randomly

    Votes: 8 15.7%
  • Interesting features first

    Votes: 28 54.9%
  • I don't read them

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    51

Mercador

Explorer
Hello! I'm curious how do you read your TTRPG books. I noticed that every time I purchase a new book, I'm starting reading it like a novel. By the time I hit the 5-10% mark, I got bored and I'm looking for something else to purchase.
 

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Badvoc

Explorer
Depends on the book.

I'll occasionally buy books for new systems, or a new version of a system I like, just to read for pleasure. If it's not something I'm planning to run, I tend to randomly leaf through looking for ideas I can use, reading sections of fluff and checking out the art.

For books that support a game I'm running, I'll skim read the full thing then go back and re-read the bits I'm likely to use soon in more detail. For adventures that means getting the general plot straight in my head first, and then making sure I have enough detail for the next session.

I don't have enough time to read all the WOTC books cover to cover, let along third party DnD stuff and other systems I have.
 

ccs

41st lv DM
Depends.
If it's a new system? Then sequentially.
If it's for a system I'm already proficient in? Then I'll start by reading interesting sections first, then go back for a sequential read.
 

atanakar

Hero
I read my TTRPG books randomly. I can't read them cover to cover. But I finish all of them. Currently, I'm reading Modern AGE Threefold setting, Modern AGE Companion and The Expense.
 

SilentJay

Explorer
Interesting features, then randomly. Like above, I can't seem to ever read them cover to cover (most of the time, there have been a couple of exceptions.)
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
I tend to read the mechanics first, whether its a new system or a splat book for a system I already have. For a new system I'll skim the action economy, then read character gen, then go back through actions and into the GM section. Once I have a solid handle on the rules I'll go through the fluff and other mechanics.
 

prabe

Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Supporter
I generally read them in order, but I also tend to skip whatever introduction to TRPGs in general there is. I've been playing long enough that I don't need another POV on that, thanxmuch.
 


Mercador

Explorer
From your answers, I understand something; I don't do games anymore so I'm more looking for fluff books than system books but I still try to read them cover to cover and that's my error.
 


Suppliments I normally check the contents page to find the interesting bits first. After reading these, I then go back to read it sequentially, skipping the bits I already read.

Core Books (except monsters books), I read sequentially. Monster/Enemy books I read by the presumed challenge ability (if any), since I'm much more likely to use the weaker enemies than the more powerful ones. I'll eventually go back and read all the monster entries when I can.
 





GMMichael

Guide of Modos
From your answers, I understand something; I don't do games anymore so I'm more looking for fluff books than system books but I still try to read them cover to cover and that's my error.
Erm, why are you buying books about games if you don't do games?

Might I recommend a quick read, no rules: the Lord of the Rings. It's based on D&D, I think.

I've seen enough rule books to know that a lot of the content is going to be how-to for beginners, so I skip over that stuff. Then, if something sounds derivative of D&D, I skip over that part, too. Then if it just gets bad, either with grammar, confusing rules, unnecessary rules, or using gratuitous tables, I'll skip that part.

So, yeah, I'm with @Hand of Evil, it's mostly about the pictures 🤓
 

Aside from that first one or two cursory leaf-throughs, I generally read my RPG books sequentially. However, sometimes that devolves into skimming sections. How much skimming and how early I start to skim varies based on how much I enjoy the book. Some books keep my attention all the way through, while others it becomes a race to get back to something I find interesting.
 

Mercador

Explorer
Erm, why are you buying books about games if you don't do games?

Might I recommend a quick read, no rules: the Lord of the Rings. It's based on D&D, I think.

I've seen enough rule books to know that a lot of the content is going to be how-to for beginners, so I skip over that stuff. Then, if something sounds derivative of D&D, I skip over that part, too. Then if it just gets bad, either with grammar, confusing rules, unnecessary rules, or using gratuitous tables, I'll skip that part.

So, yeah, I'm with @Hand of Evil, it's mostly about the pictures 🤓
Because I love the content? I love world building? I didn't know I couldn't buy those books because I don't play.

DnD is based on LOTR, not the other way around but I guess you are simply joking.

What I understand is that I love fluff books, not rules. I want to immerse myself within those worlds, it sparks my imagination and I think it helps my depressive disorder.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Depends on the book. Rule/Core books, pretty much end to end. Although I'll skip fluff parts. Fluff books/setting books, I'll jump around to whatever looks interesting. In particular gazeteers. And entire Gazeteers (Inner Sea World Guide for example) I'll read cover to cover. Adventures I plan to run, I read end to end, as I need to pretty much need to know the entire thing. Adventures I don't plan to run, I'll skip around, look to see if there are interesting encounters or map areas I can steal.
 

Adventures are a bit more intensive for me. I will read them through. Then, when I start running it, I will read it through again. And once I get through that, I will re-read each section as we get to it. I find I need to do more prep time for modules as opposed to my own adventures. My own adventures, they already live in my head enough for me to do a good job bringing them to life, but it takes more work to cram a published adventure in there and be able to do it justice.

Adventures I plan to run, I read end to end, as I need to pretty much need to know the entire thing.
 

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