D&D 5E Which Official D&D Books Are Your Favourite?

Which Official D&D Books Are Your Favourite? (Choose as many as you want)

  • Volo’s Guide To Monsters

    Votes: 36 37.1%
  • Xanathar’s Guide To Everything

    Votes: 54 55.7%
  • Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes

    Votes: 25 25.8%
  • Tasha’s Cauldron Of Everything

    Votes: 40 41.2%
  • Fizban’s Treasury Of Dragons

    Votes: 24 24.7%
  • Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide

    Votes: 9 9.3%
  • Guildmaster’s Guide To Ravnica

    Votes: 5 5.2%
  • Acquisitions Incorporated

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Eberron: Rising From The Last War

    Votes: 23 23.7%
  • Explorer’s Guide To Wildemount

    Votes: 15 15.5%
  • Mythic Odysseys Of Theros

    Votes: 16 16.5%
  • Van Richten’s Guide To Ravenloft

    Votes: 21 21.6%
  • Hoard of the Dragon Queen

    Votes: 3 3.1%
  • Princes Of The Apocalypse

    Votes: 6 6.2%
  • The Rise Of Tiamat

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Out Of The Abyss

    Votes: 8 8.2%
  • Curse Of Strahd

    Votes: 34 35.1%
  • Storm King’s Thunder

    Votes: 6 6.2%
  • Tales From The Yawning Portal

    Votes: 20 20.6%
  • Tomb Of Annihilation

    Votes: 13 13.4%
  • Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

    Votes: 9 9.3%
  • Waterdeep: Dungeon Of The Mag Mage

    Votes: 11 11.3%
  • Ghosts Of Saltmarsh

    Votes: 27 27.8%
  • Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus

    Votes: 8 8.2%
  • Icewind Dale: Rime Of The Frostmaiden

    Votes: 11 11.3%
  • Candlekeep Mysteries

    Votes: 5 5.2%
  • The Wild Beyond The Witchlight

    Votes: 10 10.3%
  • Strixhaven: A Curriculum Of Chaos

    Votes: 7 7.2%
  • Critical Role: Call Of The Netherdeep

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Mordenkainen Presents Monsters Of The Multiverse

    Votes: 10 10.3%


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There's definitely an age element -- newer books get fewer votes, which I suspect is because fewer people have them yet. The older a book, the greater the chance you'll have used it.
Acquisitions Inc. aint new! Although I don't think it sold many copies.

I do have Call of the Netherdeep, and whilst it's fine, it doesn't do anything particularly new or radical or exciting. About it's only unusual feature is it supports a non-core setting.
 


BenTheFerg

Explorer
Picked Eberron as the best overall. "Curse of Strahd" is the best of the adventures, but suffers in comparison with the original. The next best, IMO, is "Rime of the Frostmaiden".

I didn't pick either Volo's or Mordenkainen's guides, as I don't particularly care for either as a whole. However, the sections on new monsters are great. (Similarly, I'm guessing "Monsters of the Multiverse" is a winner, though I don't own it.) Finally, "Storm King's Thunder" is not a particularly good adventure, but I really like the concept, think it makes for a great setting guide, and has some really good dungeons in there.

Also, wasn't there a compiled volume of the "Tyranny of Dragons" campaign? Shouldn't that be on the list?
Am with you on those choices. Eberron is one of my favourite 'official' settings (can't include Ptolus, Golarion or Midgard!) & am looking forward to Keith's sandbox setting when it finally is printed!

Curse of Strahd has been the best overall campaign I have both read & run. Oozes with flavour. Wasn't scary enough in the end, with pcs being tough enough & with specialist gear & classes dedicated to undead killing.... would like to run just the castle part again, like in the original.

Am running Rime atm. Lots of fantastic material in there & with careful planning & pc creation, my players are having a blast, esp the one playing a Goliath Rune Knight, who is currently growing to the size of a frost giant (just what he wanted!). But it has needed far more judicious GM changes/ tweaking than CoS, making it Campaign #2.

The last official printed campaign I really want to run is Baldurs Gate: Descent into Avernus. Whilst this is chock full of logical errors, etc, Justin Alexander's Remix will save me on those issues & the Mad Max in Hell part.... what isn't there to like!! 🤣

1st part of Out of the Abyss is great fun.... but it loses its way for Act 2 (when they return into the Underdark) SKT had a great story concept (right out of King Lear), but whilst having lots of kewl parts.... yeah. It needs a massive rewrite, as Justin Alexander has blogged about. Not run it & intend to loot it, along with OotA for adventure sites. At some point I want to run a massive Underdark campaign, mashing parts of OotA + Night Below + Rise of the Drow + Empire of Ghouls + Spelunking Guide.

I also WANT to get Monsters of the Multiverse!
 

Arilyn

Hero
I chose Eberron and Tasha's. This poll hammered home the fact that I vastly prefer 3rd party books. Love the Kobold Press monster books, Beowulf, EN Masterclass, and Valder's Spire.
 

BenTheFerg

Explorer
I chose Eberron and Tasha's. This poll hammered home the fact that I vastly prefer 3rd party books. Love the Kobold Press monster books, Beowulf, EN Masterclass, and Valder's Spire.
Yes... this is it! Anything by the Kobolds..... & MCG's Ptolus setting & all its support.... Ruins of Symbaroum 5e (Free League), Cubicle 7's Adventures in Middle Earth.....& Beowulf 5e & Scarred Lands by Onyx Path!
 
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