Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition: System Guide for New Players
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This Geeklist should serve as an inventory and guide for gamers wishing to get into Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition. 4th Edition (or "4e") is the fourth iteration of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. Published by Wizards of the Coast (WotC) in June 2008, 4e enjoys a wide library of books and resources available for the game.

The goal of this Geeklist is to easily define these materials to be better suited to an individual's interests or needs, as well as detailing the bare necessities to play the game.


Overview of the RPG
Core Rules
Player Supplements
DM Supplements
Campaign Settings
Adventures
Accessories



This is based on the excellent suggestion of fuzzydice82 in this thread. To look at similar lists for other popular games, check out the RPG System Metageeklist.
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1. RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:368]
RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition)
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Overview of the RPG
4e is a class-based RPG, based around a revised d20 system. Characters are made up of six attributes: Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. Classes are a combination of exclusive features as well as a variety of abilities that are usable At-Will, once per Encounter, once per Day, and support abilities called Utilities (this is commonly referred to as the AEDU system).

Here is a quick video overview by Chris Perkins.


4e products can be broken down into the following groups:
1 Core Rules (basic necessities to play the game)
2 Player Supplements (new classes, races, and abilities)
3 DM Supplements (new monsters, locations, guidelines)
4 Campaign Settings/Supplements (detailed setting information)
5 Adventures (ready-to-run modules)
6 Accessories (dungeon tiles, miniatures, screens)

For more general information, check out Share A Game - Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition).
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2. RPG Item: 4th Edition Core Rulebook Collection [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:687]
RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition)
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1Core Rules
There are two good ways to jump into 4th Edition D&D. The first includes the original three hardcover rulebooks released in 2008, which are discussed below. The second includes the "starting ramp" that was released in 2010, which are discussed in the following item D&D Essentials.

RPG Item: Player's Handbook (D&D 4e)
RPG Item: Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 4e)
RPG Item: Monster Manual (D&D 4e)

Player's Handbook (D&D 4e), Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 4e), and Monster Manual (D&D 4e)

The Player's Handbook (D&D 4e) introduces 8 races, 8 classes, and all the rules necessary to create characters and control your adventurers. This includes adventuring gear, magic items, combat rules, and rituals.
Included Races: Dragonborn, Dwarf, Eladrin, Elf, Half-Elf, Halfling, Human, Tiefling
Included classes: Cleric, Fighter, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Warlock, Warlord, Wizard

The Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 4e) provides information on running the game, including how to plan adventures, set up encounters, provide rewards for the players, and tools for tweaking monsters or creating your own. There is also a detailed town and starting adventure ready-to-play.

The Monster Manual (D&D 4e) provides plenty of monsters for every level of play. These include traditional monsters such as goblins, orcs, kobolds, skeletons, dragons, zombies, and more.
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 225 (level 1-10), 188 (level 11-20), 74 (level 21+)


Quick-Start Rules are available for free from the D&D website, and this includes six pre-generated characters from the Player's Handbook (D&D 4e).
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3. Series: D&D Essentials
Series: D&D Essentials
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The second way to jump into 4th Edition D&D is to look into the D&D Essentials line. These books were designed to be a simpler stepping stone for new players to 4th Edition or people completely new to role-playing games in general. While these books may appear different, they are fully compatible with the other 4th Edition books and players (and DMs) can use elements from any book at the same table.

RPG Item: Player Essentials: Heroes of the Fallen Lands
RPG Item: Player Essentials: Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms
RPG Item: Dungeon Master's Kit
RPG Item: Dungeons & Dragons Essentials: Monster Vault

Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, Dungeon Master's Kit, and Monster Vault


There are two softcover books for players to choose from, but each individual book contains the full rules for playing the game and creating characters. Feel free to only pick up one book, if it has races or classes you would prefer.

The Player Essentials: Heroes of the Fallen Lands introduces 5 races, 4 classes, and all the rules necessary to create and control characters.
Included Races: Dwarf, Eladrin, Elf, Halfling, Human
Included classes: Cleric, Fighter, Rogue, Wizard

The Player Essentials: Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms introduces 6 races, 4 classes, and all the rules necessary to create and control characters.
Included Races: Dragonborn, Drow, Half-Elf, Half-Orc, Human, Tiefling
Included classes: Paladin, Ranger, Warlock, Warlord

The Dungeon Master's Kit box set provides information on running the game, including a 32-page adventure, a DM screen, two double-sided maps, and two sheets of tokens.

The Dungeons & Dragons Essentials: Monster Vault box set features monsters focused on lower levels of play, including background information on various creatures and 320 tokens. These include traditional monsters such as goblins, orcs, kobolds, skeletons, dragons, zombies, with some new variants or revisions from Monster Manual (D&D 4e). It also includes a 32-page adventure and a double-sided map.
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 176 (level 1-10), 117 (level 11-20), 12 (level 21+)


RPG Item: Rules Compendium

The Rules Compendium is a special, softcover supplement that primarily serves as a rules reference. It isn't necessary to play the game, as much of its information is available in the Dungeon Master's Kit and Heroes of Fallen Lands/Forgotten Kingdoms (or the original core rules). However, it is a handy book at the table, if you are needing to find a rule and want a concise rulebook to search in.

*It's important to note that this does not include rules for character creation.

Review: Worthwhile for any 4e Players and DMs (Essentials or Core 4e)
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Series: Player's Handbooks (4th Edition)
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2Player Supplements
Players looking for new options to expand their characters or new classes to play should look here for more information. Many times these player supplements provide new classes or new options for already existing classes.


The following six books provide completely new classes, with new powers, new feats, and sometimes even new equipment. Most of the material from one book will apply only to the classes in that particular book, though sometimes there is content that can apply to other classes found elsewhere. The last two books in this section are more narrow in focus and provide additional background information on two races: Tieflings and Dragonborn.
RPG Item: Player's Handbook 2 (D&D 4e)

Player's Handbook 2 (D&D 4e)
Hardcover Release: March 1, 2009 Retail Price: $34.95
New Races: Deva, Gnome, Goliath, Half-Orc, Shifter

New Classes: Avenger, Barbarian, Bard, Druid, Invoker, Shaman, Sorcerer, Warden

New Features: Backgrounds (usually a bonus to a skill based on your character's upbringing)
Racial Paragon Paths (similar to regular paragon paths but based on a character's race)

Review: Player's Handbook 2 Review- after 1 year of play


RPG Item: Player's Handbook 3 (D&D 4e)

Player's Handbook 3 (D&D 4e)
Hardcover Release: March 16, 2010 Retail Price: $34.95
New Races: Githerzai, Minotaur, Shardmind, Wilden

New Classes: Ardent, Battlemind, Monk, Psion, RunePriest, Seeker

New Features: Hybrid Classes (detailed options for combining features from two classes; a more traditional form of multi-classing)

Review: Player's Handbook 3- For when you just can't get enough handbook!



RPG Item: Player's Option: Heroes of Shadow

Heroes of Shadow
Hardcover Release: April 19, 2011 Retail Price: $29.95
New Races: Revenant, Shade, Vryloka

New Classes: Binder, Blackguard, Executioner, Vampire

Review: N/A





RPG Item: Player's Option: Heroes of the Feywild

Player's Option: Heroes of the Feywild
Hardcover Release: November 15, 2011 Retail Price: $29.95
New Races: Hamadryad, Pixie, Satyr

New Classes: Berserker, Protector, Skald, Witch

Review: A marvellous book for D&D 4E





RPG Item: Player's Option: Heroes of the Elemental Chaos

Player's Option: Heroes of the Elemental Chaos
Hardcover Release: February 21, 2012 Retail Price: $29.95
New Classes: Elementalist, Sha'ir

Supported Classes: Druid, Monk, Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard

Review: N/A





RPG Item: Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook

Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook
Hardcover Release: May 5, 2012 Retail Price: $29.95
New Races: Goblin, Kobold Svirfneblin

Other Features: This book also features some DM sections for designing or running dungeons.

Review: Advice, Rules and Inspiration





RPG Item: Dragonborn

Player's Handbook Races: Dragonborn
Staple-Bound Release: January 19, 2010 Retail Price: $9.95

Background detail regarding the Dragonborn race:
includes new feats, paragon paths, and role-playing ideas

Review: My Two Cents on the 4e D&D Players Handbook Races Dragonborn





RPG Item: Tieflings

Player's Handbook Races: Tieflings
Staple-Bound Release: June 15, 2010 Retail Price: $9.95

Background detail regarding the Tiefling race:
includes new feats, paragon paths, and role-playing ideas

Review: My Two Cents on the 4e D&D Players Handbook Races Tieflings





Special Mention: The following book doesn't provide new classes, builds, feats or items, but it is especially geared toward newer players. It provides helpful strategy behind the decisions you make regarding what character you want to play, how to build him or her, as well as party advice. It offers more than just maximizing damage output, like tips for making interesting characters and meaningful backgrounds.

RPG Item: Player's Strategy Guide

Player's Strategy Guide
Hardcover Release: May 18, 2010 Retail Price: $29.95

Features: Advice for building characters, parties, and playing the game

Review: Player's Strategy Guide: Is the best strategy to buy this book?
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Series: Power sources
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Whereas the previous books expanded a player's options with entirely new classes, these books provide players with new powers, feats, or builds to use on existing classes. Each particular book groups classes by power source; so if you pick one up, make sure it covers any classes you intend to play.

RPG Item: Arcane Power

Arcane Power
Hardcover Release: April 1, 2009 Retail Price: $29.95
Supported Classes: Bard, Sorcerer, Swordmage, Warlock, Wizard
Bard Build: Prescient Bard
Sorcerer Build: Chaos Sorcerer, Storm Sorcerer
Swordmage Build: Ensnaring Swordmage
Warlock Pact: Vestige Pact
Wizard Build: Illusionist Wizard, Summoner Wizard

Review: N/A


RPG Item: Divine Power

Divine Power
Hardcover Release: July 27, 2009 Retail Price: $29.95
Supported Classes: Avenger, Cleric, Invoker, Paladin
Avenger Build: Commanding Avenger
Cleric Build: Shielding Cleric
Invoker Build: Malediction Invoker
Paladin Build: Ardent Paladin, Virtuous Paladin


Review: N/A


RPG Item: Martial Power

Martial Power
Hardcover Release: November 1, 2008 Retail Price: $29.95
Supported Classes: Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Warlord
Fighter Build: Battlerager Fighter, Tempest Fighter
Ranger Build: Beastmaster Ranger
Rogue Build: Aerialist Rogue, Cutthroat Rogue
Warlord Build: Bravura Warlord, Resourceful Warlord


Review: N/A


RPG Item: Martial Power 2

Martial Power 2
Hardcover Release: February 16, 2010 Retail Price: $29.95
Supported Classes: Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Warlord
Fighter Build: Brawling Fighter
Ranger Build: Hunter Ranger, Marauder Ranger
Rogue Build: Shadowy Rogue
Warlord Build: Insightful Warlord, Skirmishing Warlord


Review: Short First Glance Review of Martial Power II


RPG Item: Primal Power

Primal Power
Hardcover Release: October 20, 2009 Retail Price: $29.95
Supported Classes: Barbarian, Druid, Shaman, Warden
Barbarian Build: Thunderborn Barbarian, Whirling Barbarian
Druid Build: Summoner Druid, Swarm Druid
Shaman Build: Eagle Shaman, World Speaker Shaman
Warden Build: Life Warden, Storm Warden


Review: N/A


RPG Item: Psionic Power

Psionic Power
Hardcover Release: August 17, 2010 Retail Price: $29.95
Supported Classes: Ardent, Battlemind, Monk, Psion
Ardent Build: Impetuous
Battlemind Build: Harrier Battlemind
Monk Build: Iron Soul Monk
Psion Build: Shaper Psion


Review: N/A
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Series: Monster Manuals (Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition))
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3DM Supplements
DM's looking to expand their tool chest of worthy monsters or expanding their campaign details should look here. Most DM supplements include new monsters, new traps/hazards, new adventure ideas, or setting information for new campaign locations and story arcs. Many monster books provide new versions of creatures, expanding on a particular source. Instead of a single type of creature, there are different versions (based on combat style, environment, or other miscellany). However, these books occasionally provide entirely new monsters.


The following three books are primarily monster books. They provide the DM with a plethora of monsters to put in front of the adventuring party, and usually try to cover all levels of play. The last four books are books specific to a type of creature (demons, chromatic dragons, metallic dragons, or undead). Not only do they provide new monsters of that type, but they also offer detailed background information and campaign tips for using these creatures.
RPG Item: Monster Manual 2

Monster Manual 2
Hardcover Release: May 1, 2009 Retail Price: $34.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 145 (level 1-10), 126 (level 11-20), 50 (level 21+)

New Creatures: centaurs, frost giants


Review: Monster Manual 2 - WGR Review




RPG Item: Monster Manual 3

Monster Manual 3
Hardcover Release: June 15, 2010 Retail Price: $34.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 115 (level 1-10), 114 (level 11-20), 75 (level 21+)

New Creatures: derro, mimic, Lloth (Demon Queen of Spiders)


Review: N/A




RPG Item: Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale

Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale
Box Set Release: June 21, 2011 Retail Price: $34.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 144 (level 1-10), 38 (level 11-20), 0 (level 21+)

New Creatures: villainous groups unique to the Nentir Vale

Box Set Features: 286 die-cut card stock tokens, one double-sided map

Review: Strange Assembly Review - Threats to the Nentir Vale



RPG Item: Demonomicon

Demonomicon
Hardcover Release: July 20, 2010 Retail Price: $29.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 13 (level 1-10), 28 (level 11-20), 27 (level 21+)

New Creatures: various abyssal lords

New Features: many details regarding the abyss and its planes

Review: N/A



RPG Item: Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons

Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons
Hardcover Release: November 1, 2008 Retail Price: $39.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 54 (level 1-10), 48 (level 11-20), 37 (level 21+)

New Creatures: brown dragons, grey dragons, purple dragons

New Features: dragon lairs, dragon hoards, expanded treasure items (art, mundane items, etc.)

Review: Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons - WGR Review



RPG Item: Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons

Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons
Hardcover Release: November 17, 2009 Retail Price: $39.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 60 (level 1-10), 41 (level 11-20), 41 (level 21+)

New Creatures: bronze, cobalt, mercury, mithral, orium, and steel dragons

New Features: dragon lairs, metallic dragon behavior vs chromatic dragons

Review: A Great Book for Draconophiles



RPG Item: Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead

Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead
Hardcover Release: January 1, 2009 Retail Price: $29.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 64 (level 1-10), 79 (level 11-20), 37 (level 21+)

New Creatures: brain in a jar, boneyard

New Features: undead lore, ecology of undead, undead lairs

Review: If you like undead, this is the 4E supplement for you
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7. RPG Item: Manual of the Planes [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1136]
RPG Item: Manual of the Planes
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Another form of DM supplement are these "region" books, that feature detailed information regarding various realms in the D&D world. These are different than the campaign settings, which often take place in new or different fantasy worlds. This image represents the cosmology of 4th Edition. The central orb represents the material world, with two sisters: the Feywild and the Shadowfell. Above this is the Astral Sea, and below this rests the Elemental Chaos.

There are four books and one box set dedicated to the planes. The last two items in this section explore specific locations, featuring background details, multiple NPCs, and adventure hooks.


RPG Item: Manual of the Planes

Manual of the Planes
Hardcover Release: December 1, 2008 Retail Price: $29.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 7 (level 1-10), 15 (level 11-20), 9 (level 21+)

Featured Region: General Guide to all the planes in 4th Edition

Review: Manual of the Planes - WGR Review





RPG Item: The Plane Above: Secrets of the Astral Sea

The Plane Above: Secrets of the Astral Sea
Hardcover Release: April 20, 2010 Retail Price: $29.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 1 (level 1-10), 31 (level 11-20), 27 (level 21+)

Featured Region: The Astra Sea

Review: N/A





RPG Item: The Plane Below

The Plane Below
Hardcover Release: December 15, 2009 Retail Price: $29.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 5 (level 1-10), 26 (level 11-20), 25 (level 21+)

Featured Region: The Elemental Chaos


Review: N/A




RPG Item: Underdark

Underdark
Hardcover Release: January 19, 2010 Retail Price: $29.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 17 (level 1-10), 47 (level 11-20), 6 (level 21+)

Featured Region: The Underdark

Review: Underdark in Review





RPG Item: The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond

The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond
Box Set Release: May 17, 2011 Retail Price: $39.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 14 (level 1-10), 43 (level 11-20), 6 (level 21+)

Featured Region: The Shadowfell

Box Set Features:128-page setting book, 32-page encounter book, two sheets of tokens, one double-sided map, and 30 cards

Review: Strange Assembly Review - The Shadowfell



RPG Item: Hammerfast: A Dwarven Outpost Adventure Site

Hammerfast: A Dwarven Outpost Adventure Site
Staple-Bound Release: March 16, 2010 Retail Price: $12.95

Review: We ain't afraid of no ghosts!








RPG Item: Vor Rukoth: An Ancient Ruins Adventure Site

Vor Rukoth: An Ancient Ruins Adventure Site
Staple-Bound Release: July 20, 2010 Retail Price: $12.95

Review: Vor Rukoth: Yep, it's worth it!








Special Mention: The following book isn't related to the planes or other regions, but it provides DM and player materials for running darker adventures with evil player characters or just evil villains.

RPG Item: Book of Vile Darkness

Book of Vile Darkness
Slip Case Release: November 20, 2011 Retail Price: $29.95

Slip Case Features: 32-page staple-bound book for players, 96-page staple-bound book for DMs, and one double-sided map

Review: N/A
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8. RPG Item: Adventurer's Vault [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1418]
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These books provide DMs and players alike with new mundane and magical items. I've listed them in the DM supplement section because DMs can consult these books for figuring out treasure and quest rewards. Generally, anything a player buys from one of these books requires DM permission to begin with, so I consider these a DM resource more so than a player one.

Each book provides non-magic items and armors, as well as magic items in the categories provided in the core rules. I've listed "new features" for where these supplements have provided items (mundane or magic) that were not previously available.

RPG Item: Adventurer's Vault

Adventurer's Vault
Hardcover Release: September 16, 2008 Retail Price: $29.95
New Features: Mounts, Vehicles, Alchemy, Companion magic items, Mount magic items

Review: My Two Cents on the 4e D&D Adventurer’s Vault.







RPG Item: Adventurer's Vault 2

Adventurer's Vault 2
Hardcover Release: August 18, 2009 Retail Price: $29.95
New Features: Ammunition, Immurements, Tattoos, Item Sets, and Group Sets

Review: Better than AV1, but is it worth buying?







RPG Item: Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium

Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium
Hardcover Release: September 20, 2011 Retail Price: $29.95
New Features: Artifacts, Curses, Story Items, Adventuring Gear, Buildings, Trade Goods, and Hirelings and Henchman
(also includes more Alchemy and Ammunition items)

Review: An excellent book of items for D&D 4E

Special Note: This supplement contains a small number of reprinted items. It also includes magic item rarity (which DMs can choose to make use of or ignore, depending on their individual game).




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9. Setting: Forgotten Realms
Setting: Forgotten Realms
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4Campaign Settings
While many DMs create their own worlds for adventurers to come and go, some prefer published materials or settings. This section is divided between the following three worlds: Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Dark Sun.

"Welcome to Faerûn, a land of amazing magic, terrifying monsters, ancient ruins, and hidden wonders. The world has changed since the cataclysmic events of the Spellplague, and from this arcane crucible have emerged shining kingdoms, tyrannical empires, mighty heroes, and monster-infested ruins. The Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide presents a world of untold adventure, a land of a thousand stories ready to be explored" ~ Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide back cover

Forgotten Realms is a more traditional, high-fantasy setting. It has been the setting for a number of fantasy novels, as well as significant organized play and supplemental material available at Living Forgotten Realms. This setting features two core rulebooks; one guide for DMs and one guide for players. There is also one adventure for 2nd level characters.

RPG Item: Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide

Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide
Hardcover Release: August 1, 2008 Retail Price: $39.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 44 (level 1-10), 17 (level 11-20), 11 (level 21+)

Review: N/A







RPG Item: Forgotten Realms Player's Guide

Forgotten Realms Player's Guide
Hardcover Release: September 1, 2008 Retail Price: $29.95
New Races: Drow, Genasi

New Classes: Swordmage

Review: N/A





RPG Item: FR1: Scepter Tower of Spellgard

FR1: Scepter Tower of Spellgard
Softcover Release: September 1, 2008 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 2 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: A Disapppointing Foray into 4th Edition Forgotten Realms





There are also two companion guides, for DMs who would like to explore two regions in more depth. The first one provides a detailed look at the city of Neverwinter and its region. The second provides a closer look at the drow city Menzoberranzen and its location in the Underdark.

RPG Item: Neverwinter Campaign Setting

Neverwinter Campaign Setting
Hardcover Release: August, 6 2011 Retail Price: $39.95/i]
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 32 [i](level 1-10)
, 1 (level 11-20), 0 (level 21+)

Review: One of the best campaign setting books I've seen







RPG Item: Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue

Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue
Hardcover Release: August 21, 2012 Retail Price: $29.95
Special Note: This book does not contain any game mechanics, but the Underdark is normally associated with levels 11-20.

Review: N/A
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"Welcome to a world of swashbuckling action and dark fantasy, a world ruled by great dynasties and tempered by war. The Ebberon Campaign Setting holds many wonders, from dragonmarks to warforged, deadly dungeons to elemental airships. As the shadows of evil and conspiracy threaten to envelop the land, heroes of prophecy come forth to save the day." ~ Eberron Campaign Guide back cover

Eberron is a mixture of fantasy and pulp with some darker adventure seeds. It features magic-powered technology, including such things as floating trains, airships, and automatons. There are two source books for this setting; one guide for DMs and one guide for players. There are also two adventures, one of which is freely available and provides pre-generated characters.

RPG Item: Eberron Campaign Guide

Eberron Campaign Guide
Hardcover Release: July 1, 2009 Retail Price: $39.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 76 (level 1-10), 31 (level 11-20), 13 (level 21+)

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RPG Item: Eberron Player's Guide

Eberron Player's Guide
Hardcover Release: June 1, 2009 Retail Price: $29.95
New Races: Changeling, Kalashtar, Warforged

New Classes: Artificer

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RPG Item: Khyber's Harvest

Khyber's Harvest
Softcover Release: June 20, 2009 Retail Price: N/A
Character Level: Intended for level 2 characters.

Review: N/A

This adventure is available for free from the D&D Website or DND Classics.

Note: This adventure includes five pre-generated characters.
(Human Artificer, Warforged Fighter, Kalashtar Invoker, Dwarf Paladin, Half-Elf Sorcerer)


RPG Item: Seekers of the Ashen Crown

Seekers of the Ashen Crown
Softcover Release: July 1, 2009 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 2 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: N/A
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"Beneath a dying sun lies a world of sand and fire, a world of barbaric splendor and savage desolation. This is Athas, a desert planet laid waste by unchecked sorcery and ancient wars. Immortal sorcerer-kigns reign over cities that remain, celebrating tyranny with bloody arena games and brutal oppression. Cruel slavers and fierce raiders roam the wastelands in search of captives and plunder. Only the strongest heroes can endure the fury of the crimson sun." ~ Dark Sun Campaign Setting back cover

Dark Sun is a darker, low-magic setting for D&D. Metal is hard to find, and water rarer. Magic is outcast, having caused desolation of the planet. This setting has one guide for both players and DMs, as well as a separate book for DMs that features creatures specific to this world. There are also two adventures, one of which is freely available and provides pre-generated characters.

RPG Item: Dark Sun Campaign Setting

Dark Sun Campaign Setting
Hardcover Release: August 17, 2010 Retail Price: $39.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 5 (level 1-10), 0 (level 11-20), 0 (level 21+)

New Races: Mul, Thri-Kreen

New Features: Themes (new layer of character customization), Class Builds (battlemind, fighter, shaman, warlock)

Review: Dark Sun Campaign Setting - WGR Review



RPG Item: Dark Sun Creature Catalog

Dark Sun Creature Catalog
Hardcover Release: August 17, 2010 Retail Price: $19.95
Monsters per Level Breakdown: 91 (level 1-10), 59 (level 11-20), 28 (level 21+)

Review: Dark Sun Creature Catalog - Review







RPG Item: Bloodsand Arena

Bloodsand Arena
Softcover Release: June 19, 2010 Retail Price: N/A
Character Level: Intended for level 1 characters.

Review: Pretty nice for a freebie (as long as you didn't get one of the mis-packaged ones)

This adventure is available for free from the D&D Website.

Note: This adventure includes six pre-generated characters.
(Mul Barbarian, Elf Battlemind, Goliath Fighter, Thri-Kreen Shaman, Human Warlock, Human Wizard)


RPG Item: Marauders of the Dune Sea

Marauders of the Dune Sea
Softcover Release: August 17, 2010 Retail Price: $12.95
Character Level: Intended for level 2 characters.

This adventure includes one staple-bound book and one double-sided poster.

Review: Disappointing
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Series: Heroic Tier Adventures
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5Adventures
These products are ready-to-run modules that any DM can use in place of their own. Some of them work well in unison or tie into one another, though they can also be used independent of each other. H1-3, P1-3, and E1-3 provide a complete adventure path that will take characters from level 1 all the way to level 30.

This list splits the adventures into the three tiers of play: heroic tier adventures (levels 1-10), paragon tier adventures (levels 11-20), and epic tier adventures(levels 21-30).

RPG Item: H1: Keep on the Shadowfell

H1: Keep on the Shadowfell
Softcover Release: May 1, 2008 Retail Price: $29.95
Character Level: Intended for level 1 characters.
This adventure includes two staple-bound books and three double-sided maps.

Review: A solid introduction to D&D 4E

This adventure is available for free from the D&D Website or DND Classics.
Note: It also includes quick-start rules and six pre-generated characters.
(Half-Elf Cleric, Dwarf Fighter, Dragonborn Paladin, Halfling Rogue, Tiefling Warlord, Human Wizard)


RPG Item: H2: Thunderspire Labyrinth

H2: Thunderspire Labyrinth
Softcover Release: July 1, 2008 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 4 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: Chasing the slavers





RPG Item: H3: Pyramid of Shadows

H3: Pyramid of Shadows
Softcover Release: August 1, 2008 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 7 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: Less than it could have been





RPG Item: HS1: The Slaying Stone

HS1: The Slaying Stone
Softcover Release: March 18, 2010 Retail Price: $12.95
Character Level: Intended for level 1 characters.

This adventure includes one staple-bound book and one double-sided map.

Review: A wanna-be powerful artifact sought by factions and obtained by a dragon





RPG Item: HS2: Orcs of Stonefang Pass

HS2: Orcs of Stonefang Pass
Softcover Release: July 20, 2010 Retail Price: $12.95
Character Level: Intended for level 4 characters.

This adventure includes one staple-bound book and one double-sided map.

Review: Good Enough to Adjust... maybe
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RPG Item: P1: King of the Trollhaunt Warrens

P1: King of the Trollhaunt Warrens
Softcover Release: October 1, 2008 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 11 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: An entertaining adventure





RPG Item: P2: Demon Queen's Enclave

P2: Demon Queen's Enclave
Softcover Release: December 1, 2008 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 14 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: The first great adventure of 4E





RPG Item: P3: Assault on Nightwyrm Fortress

P3: Assault on Nightwyrm Fortress
Softcover Release: March 1, 2009 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 17 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: Assaulting the Fortress - Overview and Advice

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Series: Epic Tier Adventure
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RPG Item: E1: Death's Reach

E1: Death's Reach
Softcover Release: April 1, 2009 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 21 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: N/A





RPG Item: E2: Kingdom of the Ghouls

E2: Kingdom of the Ghouls
Softcover Release: June 1, 2009 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 24 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: Starts promisingly, but falls away





RPG Item: E3: Prince of Undeath

E3: Prince of Undeath
Softcover Release: October 20, 2009 Retail Price: $24.95
Character Level: Intended for level 27 characters.

This adventure includes two staple-bound books and one double-sided map.

Review: N/A

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15. RPG Item: Revenge of the Giants [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:3783]
RPG Item: Revenge of the Giants
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These items are considered "super adventures," meaning they're significantly larger supplements covering a wide array of character levels. The first three are hardcover books that provide DMs with extra resources, including background materials, adventure hooks, and monsters, and maps. The last item is a box set, featuring four smaller books, maps, tokens, and a deck of cards.

RPG Item: Revenge of the Giants

Revenge of the Giants
Hardcover Release: September 1, 2009 Retail Price: $29.95
Character Level: Intended for level 12 characters.

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RPG Item: Tomb of Horrors

Tomb of Horrors
Hardcover Release: July 20, 2010 Retail Price: $29.95
Character Level: This book is broken up into four separate adventures with different intended levels.
level 10, level 14-15, level 18, and level 22

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RPG Item: Halls of Undermountain: A 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Supplement

Halls of Undermountain: A 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Supplement
Hardcover Release: April 17, 2012 Retail Price: $29.95
Character Level: Intended for level 1 characters.


Review: N/A






RPG Item: Madness at Gardmore Abbey

Madness at Gardmore Abbey
Box Set Release: September 20, 2011 Retail Price: $39.95
Character Level: Intended for level 6 characters.

Box Set Features: four 32-page books, two double-sided maps, two sheets of tokens/tiles, 24 cards

Review: N/A

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Series: Dungeons and Dragons Tile Sets
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6Accessories
There are plenty of accessories for role-playing games, but this section will focused on ones that are D&D specific (or themed). This includes dungeon tiles, map packs, miniatures, screens, and the D&D Insider subscription program. It's important to remember that none of these accessories are required to play the game.


Dungeon Tiles are cardstock tiles that can be arranged into various configurations, appealing to the DM's inner cartographer. There are quite a few different sets, though some are out of print or hard to find. Each set is usually designed around a specific theme, including new features such as fire pits, arcane portals, or other dungeon dressings. There are three box sets that provide a good basis for starting a new collection of dungeon tiles.

RPG Item: Dungeon Tiles Master Set: The Dungeon

Dungeon Tiles Master Set: The Dungeon
Box Set Release: September 21, 2010 Retail Price: $19.95
Terrain Feature: Dungeons

Review: Una manera de construir aventuras en las profundidades de un calabozo.







RPG Item: Dungeon Tiles Master Set: The City

Dungeon Tiles Master Set: The City
Box Set Release: November 16, 2010 Retail Price: $19.95
Terrain Feature: Cities/Sewers


Review: N/A






RPG Item: Dungeon Tiles Master Set: The Wilderness

Dungeon Tiles Master Set: The Wilderness
Box Set Release: December 21, 2010 Retail Price: $19.95
Terrain Feature: Wilderness


Review: Mostly useful with some head scratchers thrown in
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Series: Map Pack (Dungeons & Dragons)
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Unlike Dungeon Tiles which allow you to construct your own maps, D&D Map Packs provide you with full color, double-sided battle maps depicting various scenes. Each pack comes with three 21" x 30" maps from the associated theme. This new product line was introduced in 2012 with three packs currently available.

RPG Item: Haunted Temples
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RPG Item: Shattered Keeps

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18. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2998]
Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures
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While technically a separate game (a skirmish table top game), many people like to use the miniatures in their RPG sessions. While this product is no longer in production, most online retailers or second hand sellers will still have many of the figures in stock (or for purchase in bulk collections). It's better to buy the figures in bulk or buy only specific figures you're looking for. Trying to have a miniature for every monster in the rulebooks will be rather difficult (not to mention expensive), so some players will only collect miniatures for the adventuring party or significant threats.

Special note: Wizards of the Coast has created a new product line that is a spiritual successor to the D&D Miniatures. Game: Dungeon Command features presorted sets of figures, with new molds or new paints. As new sets are released, more creatures from D&D should see production again.
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19. RPG Item: Deluxe Dungeon Master's Screen [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1502]
RPG Item: Deluxe Dungeon Master's Screen
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This screen (and screens in general) usually serve a number of purposes. They can help keep the DMs notes and dice results hidden from players, but it can also provide tables and summaries of important rules for easy reference.

Review: My Two Cents on the 4e D&D Deluxe Dungeon Master’s Screen
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Board Game Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
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One last accessory/resource for players and DMs is the D&D Insider subscription program. Users can pay monthly, every three months, or yearly, and it provides access to an online character builder, monster builder, the D&D compendium which is a searchable library of the materials from all the books, as well as two monthly magazines. Here is what the D&D website has to say about their periodicals:

Dragon Magazine is the ultimate monthly player resource. Each issue brings you new material and expanded content to help make your characters more fun and compelling, including new character options, new powers, new feats, new magic items, new paragon paths, epic destinies, and more.

Dungeon Magazine provides Dungeon Masters with several new adventures every month, as well as insightful articles intended to provide DMs with new monsters and villains, world-building advice, and new plots for their own adventures. Dungeon is here to help make DMing easier and more fun.


One thing to note is that even a single month subscription provides access to the full archives of digital content available, so users can download old magazine articles as well as new ones. However, access to the online tools ends when the subscription runs out.
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