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D&D 5E What are your D&D buying habits?

What are your D&D buying habits?

  • I buy every official book

    Votes: 16 12.7%
  • I buy most official books but I miss out the occasional one

    Votes: 32 25.4%
  • I only buy the occasional book that interests me

    Votes: 49 38.9%
  • I rarely buy official D&D books

    Votes: 3 2.4%
  • Core rulebooks only

    Votes: 4 3.2%
  • I don’t even have the core rules

    Votes: 3 2.4%
  • I used to buy every book but not any more

    Votes: 11 8.7%
  • Other

    Votes: 8 6.3%

  • Total voters
    126

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I have typically focused on only buying the supplemental rulebooks but... as of late have been intrigued enough to pick up a few setting/adventure books, too -- like Ghosts of Saltmarsh, not only for an excellent series of adventures but also for the nautical mechanics and monsters; ERftLW for the various shiny new player options and expanded bestiary; and Wildemount, well, because my son thought it was cool and he invoked Parks and Rec "Treat Yo' Self" when we were in a bookstore on vacation.
 


jasper

Rotten DM
Other. I buy every official main campaign Adventure League book. But I have all on D&D Beyond due it was a great deal.
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
I probably buy bits and pieces on DndBeyond now more than entire books. For example I bought monsters from Into the Abyss, but not the mod.
 


MonkeezOnFire

Adventurer
I voted for most but not all books, but I was a little torn between that and the next one down. I buy all the books primarily focused on rules and monsters. The settings and adventures are where I only buy the ones that I have direct interest in.

I feel like I currently own enough material than I could use for the foreseeable future (with some third party adventures in there as well) but I don't think my buying habits will change anytime soon. Even if I won't use something in a game for a long time after I buy it just reading through the material is enjoyable for me.
 

tetrasodium

Legend
Supporter
I bought a good chunk of the adventures till a couple years ago till I decided using the adventures was more work than building an adventure to use the maps was easier & that there are tons of good free maps on the internet & the magic items were usually filling the same overly filled niche rather than new or lacking ones.

I used to do the same with rulebooks too but after tasha's feel like I'm going to take a more wait & see approach because the small steps wotc takes in them feel too small too hesitant & in some cases cases deliberately missing the problem.
 

BigZebra

Explorer
So far bought all of the 5e books. Don't think I'm ever gonna run all those adventures. But it brings me a lot of joy just sitting in the couch and leafing through them. Some of my favorite books I have because they have so much reuse value - just as inspiration alone. So yeah it's a bit of a luxury, but for me I get a lot of value out of it.
 

DeviousQuail

Explorer
I voted for most but not all books, but I was a little torn between that and the next one down. I buy all the books primarily focused on rules and monsters. The settings and adventures are where I only buy the ones that I have direct interest in.

I feel like I currently own enough material than I could use for the foreseeable future (with some third party adventures in there as well) but I don't think my buying habits will change anytime soon. Even if I won't use something in a game for a long time after I buy it just reading through the material is enjoyable for me.
This describes my buying habits as well.
 

my buying habit? I usually goes like this:

1) get excited about the initial announcements
2) raise my expectations too high after the first previews
3) get disappointed by the second release of previews
4) wait until a few reviews are out before buying it
5) get more disappointed and disillusioned about first chatters i see on internet
6) complain
7) buy the book anyway
8) read the said book and actually like it
 

Warpiglet-7

Adventurer
my buying habit? I usually goes like this:

1) get excited about the initial announcements
2) raise my expectations too high after the first previews
3) get disappointed by the second release of previews
4) wait until a few reviews are out before buying it
5) get more disappointed and disillusioned about first chatters i see on internet
6) complain
7) buy the book anyway
8) read the said book and actually like it
Similar pattern here. Nice to be pleasantly surprised
 

Weird Dave

Explorer
Publisher
Is there an option for "buy every book in both standard and special editions along with the DnDBeyond version"? I didn't see it but ... uhh ... I'd check it if it were there. Shut up, I don't have a problem, you do!

::sobs into 3rd spare copy of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, you know, the one for crying into::
 

Sabathius42

Bree-Yark
Like others here....I buy the generic rule and monster books but do not buy any adventures or setting books. Except Heros of Baldies Gate, which I bought to read because I love the videogame, not for use in my tabletop game.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Another option: I buy both hard copies and digital copies of almost all non-adventure books, and also with those adventure books I plan on running. With COVID and the shift to digital tabletop away from face to face, I find myself buying double copies, which kinda sucks but it is what it is.
 

Puddles

Explorer
My 5e collection is very small.

  • 3 Corebooks
  • Rime of the Frostmaiden (not directly using it, but running a winter themed campaign so mining it for ideas)
  • Strongholds & Followers by Matt Coville. I don’t use anything in this book, (don’t rate the contents all that much), just a long time fan of his channel (and remain so).

I feel like I have everything I need to run my current campaign to conclusion. I would be interested in a 5e ‘Book of Challenges’ style book.
 

I have everything save the Rick and Marty book. Even got Tasha (the alternate cover at that) from my players as a joke but beside a few things that I will never use the book is not as bad as I first thought it would be.

What I do buy are the reprints of the books (such as strahd). I already have it. One is enough.
 


I have typically focused on only buying the supplemental rulebooks but... as of late have been intrigued enough to pick up a few setting/adventure books, too -- like Ghosts of Saltmarsh, not only for an excellent series of adventures but also for the nautical mechanics and monsters; ERftLW for the various shiny new player options and expanded bestiary; and Wildemount, well, because my son thought it was cool and he invoked Parks and Rec "Treat Yo' Self" when we were in a bookstore on vacation.

Addendum (inspired by @Puddles, although I had initially taken this thread to be for official WotC material only)

Non-WotC books bought include:
  • Tome of Beasts 1&2 and Creature Codex - I now have more monsters than I could ever use... yet if WotC or Kobold Press release another one, I'm in.
  • Strongholds and Followers - Got caught up in the hype for this. Don't get me wrong, I like MCDM and what they do for the hobby, but I found the Strongholds rules in this a bit convoluted. We did use some of the Followers in our last campaign, the rules for which provide an interesting and simple alternative to party NPCs or Sidekicks. I'll probably try out the adventure at some point, too.
  • Ruins of the Grendleroot and Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master - Mike Shea is a great contributor to this community. Ruins has some fantastic adventures, one of which I adapted for our last campaign. Return has great tips for new and experienced DMs alike and you can get the PDF for just $7. I keep... erm... returning to it and picking up new ways to make my prep more efficient and valuable.
 


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