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I already plan on getting the monster manual but I am more skeptic when it comes to the Phb and the DmG. The former might be quite useful since it contains all the feat, skill and spell descriptions. The latter seems less useful to me. Most of the DmG's contents can be found on the SRD, and the few information that is exclusive can be photocopied from a friend's book. All the supplements look useless as well: there's no way I am going to shuffle all these books during my gaming sessions. Besides, they usually tend to complicate the rules more than anything else.


I assume you are a DM. If so, the Monster Manual is really useful and so is the Player's Handbook. It is possible to run a game without them based on the SRD alone, but they really, really speed up play. The DMG, on the other hand, is an utterly useless book. It contains only three useful things, as far as I am concerned:


1) Condition Summary

2) Prestige Classes

3) Magic Items


Condition Summary can be printed/copied ahead of time - it is only short. Presitige Classes are only needed when characters advance, which generally occurs in-between sessions and thus the SRD should suffice for that and ditto for Magic Items (and I often make up my own types of magic items anyway).


I might buy the Oriental adventures campaign book though. It looks quite nice. What do you think of it?


I prefer Europe-based settings myself, but for Asian-themed settings it is a good investment.

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