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Thursday, February 18, 2016

And So it Was That I Could Not Find My D&D 5e POD Basic Rules...

So, back in the way back I ordered a Print on Demand (POD) version of the Dungeons & Dragons 5e Basic Rules via Lulu. Yes, someone had put together an at cost version of the D&D Basic Rules. Of course, I couldn't find it when I needed it.

Now, it only was the Player's side of the rules, not the Dungeon Master's part. Which means it wouldn't have done all the work I needed it to do anyway.

So, I did what any enterprising gamer who has a project in the works that requires knowledge of the 5e rules... I put together a personal version on Lulu.

I followed the steps here, but the cover didn't work for me, so I had to improvise. Being that it's not for sale and just personal use, I figured the cover didn't matter much. We'll see when it get's delivered in about a week.

Yes, I have the core 3 5e books, but I want something simpler to get my feet wet. Besides, if I'm going to work the angle of "5e from an OSR perspective", less certainly is more...


  1. The next game I plan to run is going to only be basic rules, and basic monsters from the free versions of the game. It's a lot less crunchy than playing with the PHB. I plan to run thunderrift modded for 5e.

  2. Well done.

    Man, after playing Tunnels & Trolls for so long, seeing tiny effing D&D elves just freaks me out. In T&T, they are easily taller than Humans on average.

  3. Here's the online basic versions in case you wanted them:


  4. "5e from an OSR perspective"

    We call that O5R: goo.gl/rIvlyf

    1. the only time I've seen O5R used is for systems that are decidedly not D&D in origin

    2. I have seen a few also and do not understand why. That being said, when I reference it it means 5th edition with old school muse.

  5. I used the basic rules for a game for some my kids and their friends and it worked out very well. I will probably use the base SRD in the future, but the basic rules cover a lot of ground.

  6. Love the 2e art. That's my nostalgia sweet spot.