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Glory? Majesty? You don't know the dark of it!

Discover the multiverse! Enter infinite universes of infinite variety, worlds beyond the prime-material settings of the AD&D game. Explore Sigil, the City of Doors, filled with portals to every layer of every plane. All you need is the right key, including. . .

  • A Player's Guide to the Planes: A 32-page primer that introduces DMs and players alike to the grand design of the multiverse.
  • A DM's Guide to the Planes: A 64-page book of valuable information solely for the Dungeon Master.
  • Sigil and Beyond: A 96-page gazetteer that introduces Sigil and its surrounding plane as the starting point for planar adventures. From Sigil all the Outer Planes may be sampled by novice and veteran explorers alike.
  • Monstrous Supplement: a 32-page, full-color Monstrous Compendium booklet.
  • Four poster-size maps depicting the planes.
  • A four-panel DM screen designed especially for planar campaigns.

Until now, only the most powerful wizards could peek into the magnificent multiverse, but no longer! Gone are the unimaginable distances and the insurmountable obstacles that only the ultrapowerful could hope to overcome. Now even the greenest adventurer can enter the planes, though surviving long is another matter . . . .

Have at it, berk! Powers, proxies, planars, petitioners, and wondrous monsters await just beyond the portal. Step through and partake of the infinite excitement of Planescape.

Note on the Print Edition: This is not a box set. All of the booklets, poster maps, and the screen have been merged into a single print book. The maps and screen are cut into individual pages in the book. If you plan on using the maps and screen at your table it is recommended that you purchase the PDF+Print combo offer and print out the maps from the PDF.

Product History

Planescape Campaign Setting (1994), by David "Zeb" Cook, is the core sourcebook for the Planescape setting. It was published in April 1994.

Continuing the Settings. Throughout the early AD&D 2e era (1989-2000), TSR published a new setting each year, with the first four being Spelljammer (1989), Ravenloft: Realm of Terror (1990), Dark Sun (1991), and Al-Qadim (1992). TSR took a break in 1993, but when it returned the next year, it produced some of its most innovative settings ever. That all started in April with the Planescape Campaign Setting (1994).

Origins of Planescape. The story of the setting begins with Slade Henson, who wanted to revamp the Manual of the Planes book (1987) for AD&D 2e. He even had a name for the revision: "Planescape". Project lead Dori Hein and original Manual author Jeff Grubb kicked the idea around for a while, but nothing came of it. Meanwhile, TSR decided that the Spelljammer setting was fading out, and they wanted a replacement that would allow players to "travel across wide distances to visit strange and wonderful lands". You put these two facts together, and Henson's Planescape idea was suddenly turned into a full-fledged setting. In the process, it was almost totally revamped by a new developer, one who had the time and experience to oversee the new line: David "Zeb" Cook.

Cook had to meet a few other requirements while designing Planescape. First, it needed to truly be a setting, "not just a place to pop out and visit". Unlike Spelljammer, it also needed to have a home base. At first the designers thought about following a Spelljammer-like route, where the players would have an artifact that helped them traverse the planes, but Cook eventually settled on creating Sigil, a city of doors at the center of the multiverse, from which players could go anywhere.

Sources. By the time that he was working on Planescape, Cook had largely stopped reading traditional fantasy novels. As a result, he drew upon such unusual sources, particularly "experimental novels", which made the planes more "surreal". These sources included Dictionary of the Khazars (1984), Dreamtigers (1960), Einstein's Dreams (1992), and Invisible Cities (1972).

Cook also adapted historical sources while working on Planescape. Much of this shows up in his creation of the "cant" — a slang language used in Sigil that players either loved or hated. The cant was based on Elizabethan slang with some Dickensian slang mixed in. Cook's sources here included Cony-Catchers and Bawdy Baskets: an Anthology of Elizabethan Low Life (1972) and The Elizabethan Underworld (1977). Ironically, the books had been on Cook's desk for years and had already been used by Steve Winter as a source for HR4: A Mighty Fortress (1992).

A Sign of the Times. One of the most notable innovations in Planescape is its inclusion of "factions" that players could belong to. Cook describes them as "the bad philosophy ideas that we used to argue about in college after a few too many beers". They were brought into Planescape because James Ward wanted to give players a "sense of belonging" and because Vampire: The Masquerade (1991) and its successors had proven that players were very interested in character organizations of this type.

Vampire publisher White Wolf was also innovating the industry with its metaplots. TSR had been playing with them since at least the Avatar modules (1989), the first of many "Realms-shaking events". Metaplot had also proven very important to the Dark Sun line. Unsurprisingly, the seeds of metaplot were planted in the Planescape Campaign Setting as well, primarily through mentions of the Blood War and the mysteries of the Lady of Pain.

An Artistic Setting. Earlier 2e settings such as Dark Sun and Al-Qadim had been created with heavy influence from artists, and this was the case for Planescape as well. Dana Knutson was the original concept artist, who created the image of the Lady of Pain and also originated the faction symbols. However, Tony DiTerlizzi is much better known for his published work in most of the Planescape artists. Together, Knutson and DiTerlizzi created a raw-edged, punkish style of art for Planescape that was unknown in the RPG industry and probably TSR's most innovative design style ever.

Expanding D&D. Planescape's main rules extension to D&D comes in the form of a few new character races: bariaurs, githzerai, and tieflings. Of these, the tieflings are the most notable, because this was their first appearance, and they've since become a major element in more recent editions of the game, particularly D&D 4e (2008).

Expanding the Outer Planes. The planes had already been well-described in Jeff Grubb's Manual of the Planes; Planescape does its best to adhere to those prior descriptions of D&D's Great Wheel cosmology while still expanding and modernizing them. Thus, the inner planes (including even the paraelemental and quasielemental planes) and the outer planes appear in much the same form as they'd been seen before.

However, that modernization resulted in some changes too.

The first big change from Manual of the Planes to Planescape was the updating of many outer plane names to what have became the new standards. Gladsheim became Ysgard; Hades became The Gray Waste; Happy Hunting Grounds became Beastlands; Nine Hells became Baator; Nirvana became Mechanus; Olympus became Arborea; Seven Heavens became Mount Celestia; Tarterus became Carceri; and Twin Paradises became Bytopia. Clearly, the goal was to get rid of planar names that might connect to existing religions, replacing them with original titles. Planescape Campaign Setting also adds a lot of detail to these planes and even describes new "paths" between the planes, such as planar rivers and the world tree.

The second big change from Manual of the Planes to Planescape was the inclusion of that new home base: Sigil (and the Outlands that surround it). The Outlands had previously been known as the Plane of Concordant Opposition (and were largely ignored), while Sigil was totally new.

Finally, Planescape also introduced a new point of view of the planes, presenting them (as planned) as their own setting. The cant helped with this by giving the planes their own culture, as did the clear distinction between "planars" and "primes".

Future History. Planescape was a major setting from 1994-1998. It was supported by numerous adventures, some of which advanced the setting's metaplot, and by many setting books, including major publications like Planes of Chaos (1994), Planes of Conflict (1995), Planes of Law (1995), and In the Cage: A Guide to Sigil (1995).

About the Creators. Cook continued to be a major designer at TSR through the early-'90s, but 1994 was his last hoorah, with his most important publications being the Planescape Campaign Setting and First Quest (1994), both released in April. That year, he left TSR, moving over to the computer industry.

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Thomas S June 26, 2022 2:06 am UTC
Is there a way to track the packages for this and hellbound? I bought this 3 days ago and just wondered if I can.
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Adrian S May 08, 2022 8:57 am UTC
It says this is in the sale, but there is no discount visible.
Can the discount be added, please?
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Neil S July 18, 2021 2:25 am UTC
Does this have info on quasi and paraelementals
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John A May 13, 2021 9:58 am UTC
Does anybody know if now that this is back, and hardcover, if the order of the booklets was fixed?
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Benjamin A May 14, 2021 9:00 pm UTC
Unlikely. Still waiting on mine to arrive, but they typically put them in order of: booklets first, then other components, sorted by the component identifier #. For instance, in the Planescape Campaign Setting boxed set, "Sigil and Beyond" is #2600XXX1901 (bottom left corner of the back cover), "A DM Guide to the Planes" is 2600XXX1902, and "A Player's Guide to the Planes" is 2600XXX1903. The Monstrous Supplement doesn't have a component #, but as the last of the booklets, it would come next. Then the remaining components (maps 2600XXX0701 through 2600XXX0704, DM screen 2600XXX1401).

Sure, it's not the reading order recommended in the booklets themselves, but it has its own logic.
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John A May 15, 2021 1:38 am UTC
That's great info. I had no idea that was the system. Not ideal but does make perfect sense. Thank you!
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Troy Dion W April 27, 2021 2:27 am UTC
Trying to purchase this and the page won't load properly. Shows options to buy for split second before disappearing. Only product I am having this problem with.
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Troy Dion W April 27, 2021 2:28 am UTC
Nevermind. It just hid the information way almost off the page, had to scroll the browser right to find...LOL. Never had that happen with any other products...
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James B April 24, 2021 3:33 am UTC
Hardcover please.

In fact, I have to say the lack of ANY print product here having a Hardcover option is mind boggling. It's PRINT ON DEMAND. Everything should be available in EVERY format ffs. Customers can decide what they want.
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Adam J April 23, 2021 1:57 am UTC
Hardcover please.
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Dark J April 20, 2021 11:50 pm UTC
I would love to have this in a hardcover binding if possible to match my Spelljammer book. I'm keeping it on my wishlist until then.
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Troy D April 15, 2021 1:44 am UTC
Bring back the hard cover!!!
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Christopher C April 14, 2021 5:57 am UTC
Still looking for a hardback POD for this.
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John A April 13, 2021 7:09 pm UTC
No, hardcover back yet? No? Ok, I'll keep checking.
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Nick S April 01, 2021 6:23 pm UTC
I have contacted both DMs Guild and WotC about quality problems with this product and they simply don't care.

Planescape Campaign Setting (2e): The individual files (ending in roman numerals) are fine, but for the combined PDF the content does not fit the dimensions of the page (they are small rectangles within the page -- the edges do not touch)
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David H April 01, 2021 6:40 pm UTC
That's weird. The version I bought in 2019 has a slight white border, but I wouldn't say it's a "small rectangle within the page"
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Nick S April 02, 2021 3:59 pm UTC
The combined file is fine; the content actually fits the pages. The individual files have the borders around the pages as your picture shows. Compared to some of the other Planescape books available, the Campaign Setting is thankfully of decent quality and actually legible. Something like the Factol's Manifesto is unreadable though. I still wouldn't pay for a POD copy of this book though.
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Neil S March 29, 2021 4:53 am UTC
Does this have information on the quasi and para-elemental planes
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Benjamin A March 29, 2021 7:25 pm UTC
Yes, about 7 pages total about the quasi and para-elemental planes; enough for a creative DM to build on. For more about them, "The Inner Planes" book is a good reference. Hopefully we'll see of POD of that sometime. But yes, the Planescape Campaign Setting has basic information about all the planes of the Great Wheel cosmology.
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sean B March 29, 2021 1:40 am UTC
What happened to the hardcover print on demand??
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Matthew M March 23, 2021 12:29 pm UTC
Planescape is one of the best campaign settings TSR produced. It was the culmination of mixing pots of campaign ideas, it had factions/guilds to join, secrets to learn, and unreliable narrators that meant reading the material was designed to get player and DMs thinking what would be the coolest thing rather than what does the book say is the truth behind planar secrets.

The POD version is good. It is fairly legible. The hardcover looks cool on a shelf but the last 3rd of it is maps. The maps looked cool in the boxed set but not in book format.They are printed with a page = 1/8th of the map so the reader can get the big picture of the map. I'd have been happy to pay a little less and not have all those pages wasted being printed in a useless format. The pages can't even be cut out and recombined because they are printed double sided making impossible to cut the pages out and recreate the old map.

***** WARNING *****
The last 3rd of the book contains the maps from the boxed set....See more
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