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The Big Book of Variant Rules
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The Big Book of Variant Rules

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Variants, house rules, and other rules changes made at the table have been a staple of tabletop roleplaying games for as long as there have been tabletop roleplaying games. This document analyses variants and optional rules published in the Player’s Handbook and the Dungeon Master’s Guide, adds several additional rules variants, and offers advice on why you should and not use each optional rule and variant.

What is in this document?

  • Analysis of 42 variant and optional rules taken from the Player's Handook and the Dungeon Master's Guide
  • 27 new variant rules, some of which are adapted from previous editions or from other tabletop RPGs, but many of which are completely new
  • Discussion of all included variant rules explaining potential issues and reasons why you should and should not use each option
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October 30th, 2018
My score reflects the usefulness and the construction (layout, organization, and so on) of the manual here. This is a fantastic book that, as a PWYW title, everyone should grab. That's not to say every variant rule will see use at every table, but the [...]
April 6th, 2018
Nice compendium of options (there are even more that could be added such as grid-based ability score generation or the Dr. Who version of Initiative, but I'm sure such options are nearly endless). It does need some editing as there are many spelling [...]
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