So you’ve got all the D&D basics—Player’s Handbook, Essentials Kit, some dice and a miniature or two—but where do you go next? With the myriad of campaigns and sourcebooks available, which ones do you choose?
In this blog, we will be covering our top 5 campaigns and sourcebooks for the legendary RPG, Dungeons & Dragons.
With a campaign and a setting all in one book, Eberron Rising from the Last War brings a lot to your RPG table. It offers all the info you need to run your own campaign in the steampunk-esque world of Eberron, complete with magic-fueled technology and maps. However, if you don’t want to make your own campaign, it also comes with a premade campaign. If you’re a player, there’s plenty of new content for you too, including the artificer class, 16 new race and subrace options and a new way to flesh out your characters called the group patron that provides a shared background for your whole party. Plus, just look at that alternate art cover!
If you love D&D, you probably already have the Monster Manual. If you’re getting tired of the same old monsters from the basic book, prepare to have your mind blown by Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. Adding 120 new monsters and their stat blocks, as well as a new playable race and 11 subraces, it offers value for players and DMs alike—in the same vein as Volo’s Guide to Monsters. With notes on the tricksy relationships between different races and factions in the D&D world, as well as more challenges for high level players, Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes is a great sourcebook to expand your D&D games.
Tyranny of Dragons contains 2 campaigns in one book—Hoard of the Dragon Queen (meant for levels 1-7) and The Rise of Tiamat (meant for levels 8-15). Both of these were originally published separately but are now condensed into one glorious bindup. However, that’s not all this book has to offer. While some other campaigns require additional sourcebooks to run, Tyranny of Dragons requires only the basic rules, the book itself and a handful of free downloadable supplements. With its gorgeous limited edition alternate art cover, what’s not to love?
In my experiences playing D&D, I have rarely found the time and commitment for a full-length campaign. Life just gets in the way! If you’re like me and want to play some D&D but are strapped for time, Tales from the Yawning Portal is the book for you. Within this book are seven of the most popular dungeons from the long history of Dungeons and Dragons. With each dungeon able to be completed in just a handful of sessions, this is a great book to pick up if your group is short on time, or if you would like extra mini adventures to supplement another adventure!
Think of Xanathar’s Guide to Everything as an expansion to classic 5E D&D. Much like a board game expansion adds new mechanics and features, Xanathar’s offers up dozens of new ways to customise your characters and worlds. With over 25 new subclasses and racial feats, your characters can be more nuanced and unique than ever before. Even if you’re a DM, this book offers fresh inspiration on things to do within a campaign as well as a new variety of magic items and spells.
And there we have it! If your D&D experience ever feels a little bland, pick up one of these books for fresh ideas and inspiration! Do you have any other campaigns or sourcebooks you would recommend? Let us know in the comments below!