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"I think this is a fantastic supplement to add to your games and make a more memorable campaign." - Aurican's Lair Review

"It contains interesting items that grant minor bonuses, and potentially could be used even as plot hooks." - TheKindDM

"I greatly appreciate the inspiration it gives for using minor magic treasures in my game." - Merric's Musings

Looking for a little something extra to equip your character with? Want to hand out benefits to your players without being limited by magical item restrictions? Then Books of Knowledge is a great supplement for your 5E collection!

Books of Knowledge presents an entirely new and optional system to the 5th edition ruleset. The supplement presents minor items that are a blend of trinket and magical item- accessible and affordable by players and not too overpowered for the sake of DMs. Their utility lie in their accessibility and customizable nature. Is your party about to hunt down a troublesome giant? Why not pick up a Guide to Giants and Thomassin's Guide to Mountain Living! Are you a thief fully attuned and looking for more ways to increase your skillset? Hunt down a copy of Doors: Bane of the Successful Rogue and get the most out of your thieves tools!

Books of Knowledge comes packed with:

  • An expansive and entirely new optional system for 5e
  • 100 unique and distinctive books to customize character builds!
  • Treasure tables to easily incorporate books of knowledge into your campaign

Whether you are a player or DM, Books of Knowledge has something to add to your 5e experience!


v2.0 - Updated layout, minor grammar updates, illustration updates. Bookmarks added.  

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Ryan T February 17, 2023 8:21 am UTC
I love this so much! Thanks for such an amazing contribution to the community.

I wanted to say though as a slight (and only) annoyance with this supplement is that it's only ordered in alphabetical order. It would be really nice if a rarity table/list version was added to make picking one up at random for any encounter of a certain rarity type. For example, if my players go to a very prominent library, I hate coming up with book names and their contents (it's so hard lol) so having a random table I could roll on (or they could roll for) would be a nice addition to compliment this.
Just a thought. :)
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Florian B February 13, 2020 9:56 am UTC
Hey, I noticed that the book "A Dark Knight" Is sometimes referenced as "A Dark Night" also only one of them appears in the book list.
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Jes B March 25, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Printer-friendly version added.
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Joshua L March 24, 2017 2:18 am UTC
Loving the supplement, but I was wondering: what the thought was behind "Dreams of the Lich" giving vulnerability to necrotic and psychic damage? Wouldn't vulnerability to radiant and psychic be more appropriate for a book that is causing lich-like effects (and madness, respectively) in its reader?
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Jes B March 25, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Appreciate the kind words-- I was leaning in the direction that the reader was taking less care of themselves and being susceptible to overall body 'withering', as if they were 'attuning' themselves to darkness. Radiant is a good way but I just thought more of a self-fulfilling prophecy type of damage, similar to psychic was more in-line with the overall system.
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Joshua L March 25, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
Interesting. Thanks for the response!
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