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Did you ever wonder, "What happened to that spell I used to use all the time in our 3rd Edition game?"

You look through your 5e Player's Handbook. Not there. You look through your other 5e books. Nope. Not there either.

Look no more!

Coming over the course of 2019—and possibly 2020—is


OTHER VOLUMES AVAILABLE! Click the images for more!



From the eminently capable Rob Twohy comes the Fantasy Grounds conversion of Volume A! Get it here. says: "This is an insanely impressive document...a must have"

What is this, anyway? This is the first installment of a series of books which converts every spell we can find from 1st, 2nd, and 3.x editions, updates and prepares them for use in your 5th Edition game.

Are the spells ready for play? Painstaking effort has been taken to balance each spell for 5th Edition play. The last thing any table needs is overpowered—or underpowered—magic.

What sources were used? It's easier to tell you what didn't find its way into these books. If a spell isn't in here, it's because it's a spell

  • already released in an official 5e hardback     
  • which duplicates a 5e class/subclass abilities
  • which has no mechanical impact in 5e, such as those which target alignment
  • which deal damage not encompassed by 5e's design, such as those impacting ability scores
  • from Dragon Magazine (because I don't have a complete collection)

This is the first volume. More than 200 spells beginning with "A"!

Periodically over the coming months, look for other entries in the Encyclopaedia. We're shooting for a frequency of 1 volume per month, depending on how many emails we get telling us about a spell we omitted from a previous edition. There's a link at the author's website where you can sign up for an email list to keep informed.

Also comes with a PRINT FRIENDLY copy in Microsoft Word so you can copy and paste the text into the spell-card generator or fillable PDF of your choice, giving you flexibility at the game table!

Here's a preview of the spell lists (click to open large view in a new window/tab):


Also by R P Davis:




R P Davis is a freelance writer, editor, and adventure designer. He’s been a tabletop gamer the entire time he’s been sentient, and a role-playing addict for more than 30 years. In that time he’s written countless things, from simple spell effects to D&D; campaign worlds to complete role-playing games. He is now a Mithral-best selling Guild creator. 

You can find R P Davis at The DM’s Guild, his website at, on Twitter @WP2XX, and on Facebook.

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Kyle O February 21, 2019 3:38 am UTC
Looking forward to the complete set.
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DGM D February 14, 2019 8:03 pm UTC
Would love a Fantasy Grounds conversion of this with correct coding.
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ROBERT D February 14, 2019 8:52 pm UTC
A Fantasy Grounds conversion is being worked on as we speak! I'll send an e-newsletter when it goes live. You can sign up here: (copy and paste in a new browser window).
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DGM D February 19, 2019 10:21 am UTC
Great to hear, thanks for the update!
Make sure to include the effects, look at Rob2e's spell effect coding for example.
Being able to sort per level and or class is great.
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ROBERT D February 20, 2019 4:50 pm UTC
Good thing Rob is doing the FG conversion for this, then, isn't it? :-D
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ROBERT D March 05, 2019 7:39 am UTC
Fantasy Grounds conversion is now live!
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Brooke H February 13, 2019 8:46 pm UTC
Is there much difference in spells between 4e and 5e? Is that why they aren't included?
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ROBERT D February 14, 2019 8:47 am UTC
"Spells" in 4e work very differently. Where a high-level 5e wizard can have dozens of spells prepared for a given day, a high-level 4e wizard couldn't. Basically, "spells" in 4e were more like 5e's class abilities which recharge after resting. They were "encounter" or "daily" powers. That makes converting them really tricky, too tricky for me to want to tackle it.
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Brooke H February 21, 2019 4:24 am UTC
Gotcha. Makes total sense.
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Melanie C February 09, 2019 7:39 pm UTC
Following this! I started with 5e, but it's always fun to have some more obscure spells to reward/scare my players with.
Not to add to your plate, but I believe Dragon is available online in an official archive. There is also this massive tome of spell names and where to find them that you could possibly cross reference for the more interesting ones.
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ROBERT D February 10, 2019 7:56 am UTC
Thank you for the resource! I'm still going to steer clear of Dragon, because it adds exponentially to the load. Enjoy!
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Da W February 09, 2019 7:12 pm UTC
Has this material been play tested at all?
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