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5E What type of D&D sourcebooks do you miss from older editions?

Zardnaar

Adventurer
I really am a fan of boxed sets. Despite the possible financial impracticality of it all, I'd really like to see their come-back. Lands of Intrigue, and the Planescape Boxed Sets are some of my favourite things of all time, and they remain treasured possessions.

I'd want another Lands of Intrigue for any of the 5e books.
You could do then they would just cost a lot.
 

Sacrosanct

Slayer of Keraptis
One of the best resources I remember from my beginning days as a DM was the AD&D 2nd edition Campaign Sourcebook and Catacomb Guide. It was full of information about different play styles, establishing house rules, being a good player, how to draw maps, etc. While most of this information can be found online these days, back in the day this was a great help for those of us learning the craft of DMing in relative isolation and trailblazing the hobby in our local communities.

In looking up this information, I just noticed that Jennell Jaquays was a co-author! No wonder the advice was so good.

This. Honestly though, if you haven’t read these, go get them. They are pretty setting agnostic and still hold a great value. Creative Campaigning as well
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Something else I'd like to see WotC do: buy the IP from Judges' Guild and reprint both City State of the Invincible Overlord and City State of the World Emperor. They're both great, and sadly both are crazy expensive to acquire these days in any kind of decent condition.
 

Ath-kethin

Explorer
The one book I keep thinking about is Oriental Adventures.

I would love to see a full book that gave classes, races, spells, and so on for non-Western European campaigns.

I know that 5e is customizable, but I'd like to see a specific book.
We are undeniable a third party, but our 5e Al-Qadim update, Adventures in the Land of Fate, should be available in PDF and PoD before the end of the year.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Explorer
I am a collector, not a true player. I usually buy monster manuals and books with new classes and races.

I miss Species Savages, one of my favorites, and the racial classes. I want a new Oriental Adventures, Book of Nine Swords and the binder class with the vestiges pact magic. I have suggested to hire Dreamscarred Press as subsidiary company for the 5th Ed of psionic, incarnum/akasha and martial adepts.

I loved Dark Sun, and Ravenloft.

I want the compilation of all the true dragons (ones with age categories) (oriental, gems, planar, outer..) and their dragonborn subraces.

AD&D had got some interesting monsters, like aboleth subraces, and some humanoids races.

In the right hands, the remake of the Chronomancer may be a true blockbuster. The idea of time spheres could open lots of new doors and options to create stories.

I would like the races from d20 Future, and Gamme World, in Spelljammer.

Magic of Incarnum needs a remake. Two classes were too paladin clones. Buffer powers can be useful in the fight, but boring for storytelling effects. I would rather buff-breaker powers than enemy-nerfers.

Birthright could be use for a strategy videogame as Warhammer: Total War. But it needs a lot of playtesting because in the battlefield magic is expensive but powerful.

Mystara could be the world of other beat'tem videogame by Capcom.
 

Shiroiken

Explorer
I think the best aspect of many 2E books (and a few 3E books) is mechanic neutral fluff. These books are still referenced today by those who have them, making them invaluable assets. IME 4E didn't have much of this, nor 1E (except the DMG, which is amazing), and so far, there hasn't been that much in 5E either, other than some fluff from SCAG and VGtM. While I expect 5E will be around for quite a long time, eventually a new edition will come around, and I'd hope that 5E will have some books still useful.
 

jasper

Rotten DM
Something else I'd like to see WotC do: buy the IP from Judges' Guild and reprint both City State of the Invincible Overlord and City State of the World Emperor. They're both great, and sadly both are crazy expensive to acquire these days in any kind of decent condition.
What do think is a reasonable price?
Jasper has the books if you have the coin. Well not really but I do have some decent copies.
 

S'mon

Legend
I'd like some 32 page adventures, it's a great size for an adventure. Stick them in a 192 page hardback if you must!

I'd like setting guides to 5e Greyhawk, Birthright, Mystara - I'd snap those up.
 

Odysseus

Explorer
I like 5E as a system, but I have mixed feelings about the type of books WotC publish for the system.

Would you like to see any of the old type of books be used as formats for future 5e books?

-Havard
Alot of the older setting books I still use .Things like the FR 3E guide and 1E deity and demigods. So I don't need a new 5E version.
A book that was constantly at the table while we played 4E was the essentials rules compendium. That I want to see a 5E version.
 

aco175

Explorer
Dragon Magazine and Dungeon Magazine. Not sure how practical to try another online subscription service, but something with cool articles on how to play better is always good. Dungeon for the smaller adventures and side quests that fit anywhere. I know that there is Kobold and DMsGuild, but I always had a soft spot for the originals.
 
Dragon Magazine and Dungeon Magazine. Not sure how practical to try another online subscription service, but something with cool articles on how to play better is always good. Dungeon for the smaller adventures and side quests that fit anywhere. I know that there is Kobold and DMsGuild, but I always had a soft spot for the originals.
I second this. We need them back. They were excellent.
 

Monayuris

Explorer
Judges Guild style gazetteers... like City State of the Invincible Overlord... regional hex map, with a hex key and encounter tables. They can be officially FR, but should be generic enough that they can be dropped into anyone’s home campaign.

Expert set style mass combat and domain management. Like the Expert box and Battlesystem.

Agree with bringing back Dungeon and Dragon magazines. Could be a transport mechanism for UA style articles. Dungeon should have some simple one shot adventures.

Maybe as a part of Dungeon. One page dungeons or a modular mega dungeon one level a month or so.

I don’t want epic world saving pre-plotted storylines, I want small, self contained dungeons and locales I can plug into my own game to make prep easier.
 
That I want to see a 5E version.
That'd be a business card that says "The DM is Always Right"

… hmm... I should have a few of those printed up... "5e Rules Compendium" with the Big Red & on one side, "The DM is Always Right" on the other.

(Or, more nearly seriously, you could put the "Play Loop" on it.)
 

Undrave

Explorer
I think the best aspect of many 2E books (and a few 3E books) is mechanic neutral fluff. These books are still referenced today by those who have them, making them invaluable assets. IME 4E didn't have much of this, nor 1E (except the DMG, which is amazing), and so far, there hasn't been that much in 5E either, other than some fluff from SCAG and VGtM. While I expect 5E will be around for quite a long time, eventually a new edition will come around, and I'd hope that 5E will have some books still useful.
You should try the 4e planar books (I LOVED 'Plane Above' and its write-ups of the various gods and their domains! They felt properly mythological and rife with potential conflict to mine for adventures) and I hear the books on monster types (Dragonomicon I & II, Demonomicon and the one about undead) were pretty great.
 
You should try the 4e planar books (I LOVED 'Plane Above' and its write-ups of the various gods and their domains! They felt properly mythological and rife with potential conflict to mine for adventures)
I was a bit taken aback at the way Plane Above extend the PoL concept to the domains of the gods. And the way they did it be adding to, but not quite exactly contradicting, the earlier Manual of the Planes felt a little odd, too.
 

Gradine

Archivist
While they were completely unnecessary, and certainly wouldn't be top of my list of 5e requests, I do admit a certain fondness for the Location Based books late in 3.5's run (Cityscape, Dungeonscape, Stormwrack, Frostburn, Sandstorm) were all extremely excellent, creative, and filled with usable material, when by all rights they could have easily been phoned in.
 

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