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Hamund's Harvesting Handbook: A Complete Guide to Harvesting and Crafting in D&D 5e

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Welcome dear reader to Hamund’s Harvesting Handbook, written by none other than I, Hamund Holderhek! But who am I you ask?

Well, I am an adventurer at heart, a writer by passion, and a harvester at trade. I have travelled the many planes of the multiverse in search of adventure and story (for more of those stories, pick up any copy of “Hamund’s Harrowing Histories I-XXXV”).

Through my life I have fought and defeated just about every kind of creature you can imagine: I have tussled with treants, skirmished with sphinxes, and even engaged in fisticuffs with a fomorian or two. Never being one to let something go to waste, I always took my trusty hunting knife to these creatures and had a look to see what they had to offer. I have spent many years writing down my findings and anecdotes, and I now present them to you less seasoned adventurers so you may soak in my wisdom.

Yes, what you hold in your hands right now is a helpful guide to harvesting the creatures that a typical adventurer may face. You’ll learn not just how valuable a roc’s guts are, but also which way to twist your knife in order to extract them. The natural world is filled with riches just waiting for bold people like us to take them!

Good luck and good harvesting,

-Sir Hamund Holderhek, O.B.H. (First Class), V.A., N.K.P.

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This book aims to act as a handy reference for DM’s with loot hungry players that just want to carve up anything they have killed. It provides a monster harvesting loot table for every single unique monster in the 5th Edition Monster Manual. These loot tables are easy to reference and contain every piece of information your players could need when they tear their fresh kills apart. It also possesses over 200 new and unique craftable items to be made from your harvesting adventures, and all the information you would need for them. There are of course rules for both the harvesting and the crafting, and a few extra bonuses strewn in here too.

Everything has been written with balance in mind, but you are of course feel free to rebalance anything in this guide to suit your own table, or feel free to message me at driftersgameworkshop@gmail.com or hit me up on Twitter @drifterworkshop to discuss anything in this guide.

Features:

  • A loot table for every single monster in the Monster Manual, with flavourful descriptions of items that DM's can use as plot hooks for small side quests and adventures.
  • Over 200 craftable magic items, made from the materials your players harvest from their kills.
  • A pickpocket/trinket table for humanoids.
  • A new background, feat, and tool kit specifically for harvesting.
  • 6 NPC's you can slot into your campaign to provide crafting and merchant services to your players.
  • Printer friendly version for easy hard-copy referencing
Reviews:

NonZeroSum Games - "Between its approach to appraising and harvesting, the harvest tables, crafting rules, craftable items, and the character options, this Handbook is the definitive resource on harvesting and crafting in 5E"

DM Dango - "The best creation out there for harvesting every creature in the Monster Manual."
https://youtu.be/7Lo7GJxzjkU
All Things Lich - "Quite simply the content here, is 5/5...go out and get this book"
https://youtu.be/3fDJesBODJ0

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Volume II and III of Hamund's Harvesting Handbook are AVAILABLE NOW! This followups cover the monsters in Volo's Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes respectively, and each feature a TON of new features. We also now have Hamund's Herbalism Handbook for all your herb and plant needs:

Volume 2 cover artHamund 3 cover

Cover art for Hamunds Herbalism Handbook

If you like my work, also check out my MITHRAL best-selling guide to ship combat, Captains and Cannons: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/256983/Captains-and-Cannons-A-Ship-Combat-Guide-in-DD-5e

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Robert W October 20, 2022 10:11 pm UTC
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Hello! This looks extremely in depth, and I was wondering if you planned on making any sort of cooking with harvested ingredients (Including your herbalism gathering book).
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Ryan F October 05, 2022 1:53 pm UTC
Are there any plans to release these as hard-cover copies? I'd love to add them to my shelf.
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Jasmine Y October 06, 2022 2:54 am UTC
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Unfortunately not. That has to be finalised before the publication of the soft copy, and I never thought these books would be so popular so I never applied
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Jesster L October 04, 2022 9:32 pm UTC
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Really love this book so much and use it in my games.

First, when the combined volume is made; will it also include Winter Wolves and Awakened beasts?

Second, will it be compatible with Roll20 when it becomes available?
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Jasmine Y October 05, 2022 2:14 am UTC
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Yes to both hopefully!
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Ethan A October 01, 2022 1:14 am UTC
Does this book cover crafting of basic items too ie Full Plate?
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Jasmine Y October 01, 2022 1:29 am UTC
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It does for a handful of items. Its dependent on the harvested item
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Lucifer F September 12, 2022 12:07 pm UTC
Hi I was wondering if there are any plans for another book after volume three for things like tomb of beasts, I love running these books and would love to use them with my other books as well as official WotC content
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Jasmine Y September 12, 2022 1:48 pm UTC
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Hey there is plans for another volume, but not for tome of beasts, just official WOTC content
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jason K May 23, 2022 3:03 am UTC
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Hello Jasmine
These books are great! My DM uses these all the time in his campaign. Will you be doing a Monsters of the multiverse as well! I am also looking forward to your Master Compendium of all three/four volumes in one large tome. This would definitively be a Must have book for all DMs! Hopefully Print on Demand!
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Marcel G April 11, 2022 2:21 am UTC
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I just purchased this and I am impressed with the quality and quantity.

I have a question on the DC. Do you suggest that you tell your players they could get 1 of 5 things and try for that - roll for pass/fail, OR do they roll and get what they rolled?
Nevermind - I just saw the appraising section - skipped that bit and went straight to the juicy stuff. hahaha - thanks again for a great product. I add my vote to suggesting a combined tomb of the 3 books + Tomb of Beats from Kobold press. :)
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Ikarus A February 25, 2022 5:00 pm UTC
Good morning ms' Jasmine Yang I was just wondering if you ever thought of partnering or reaching out with/to kobold press and there tome of beast series of books. I'd love a series of Hamond's harvesting handbooks based around the monsters found in those supplements.
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Sean M April 04, 2022 1:59 pm UTC
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I second this. I can probably sift through the 3 guides and make due, but it would be really neat to have KP stuff.
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Lucifer F September 12, 2022 12:11 pm UTC
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jason K February 18, 2022 5:04 pm UTC
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Greetings! Would it be possible to combine all volumes into one large tome? Maybe availability for Print on Demand? Thanks Kindly:)
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Ashlyn L January 02, 2022 2:26 pm UTC
Hi! Maybe make a bundle with all 3 of them? Thanks! :) Also, really hoping you make bookmarked versions, and of course add fizbans.
- Vextrea L.
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Benjamin B December 13, 2021 9:22 pm UTC
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Really enjoying the book so far, am very low level but can't seem to find basic animals like wolf, deer etc... I imagine this is on purpose, do we make it up ourselves ? Any advice ? Would have loved to get a wolf pelt from the wolf or the antlers from the deer etc... thx
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Michael M November 13, 2021 11:00 pm UTC
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A couple weeks after I purchased this a friend of mine started reading from tables in this book. Problem was, he'd never even heard of Hamund's Harvesting Handbook. He sent me this link: https://www.thievesguild.cc/harvest/

EDIT: Any chance we could get bookmarks in the PDF?
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Brian R December 26, 2021 11:06 pm UTC
Sweet, thanks for the link!
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Tom C October 14, 2021 4:52 pm UTC
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Is it possible to have a text/excel version of the table ? I would like to implement all the items into VTT ( Foundry ). Unfortunatly parsing PDF is near impossible.
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jacob P October 14, 2021 5:41 pm UTC
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*nearly* impossible, but I did it a while ago.
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Tom C November 06, 2021 7:03 am UTC
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Hello jacob P can you contact me at chibiliplop@gmail.com for some insight ;) ?
I'm working on a module to automatise the process of Appraise/Harvest loot for foundry.
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Bradford Y October 01, 2021 11:42 pm UTC
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All three of these volumes are great with one exception: no bookmarks in the PDF to make it easier to navigate. I am in the process of making my own bookmarks for all of the creatures in all three volumes because it is otherwise impossible to find individual monsters quickly.

Or at least the copy I am working of off came with no bookmarks, not even for individual chapters. I don't know if this has been updated.
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Tobias D September 05, 2021 6:22 am UTC
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Hi, I really like the content!
However I just found what I believe to be a small mistake and just wanted to let you know about it.
On page 134 the last item described is "Mimic Gel". I think this should be "Mimic Oil" (with Mimic Gel being the component used to craft it) since that's what it says can be crafted from Mimic Gel on page 76.
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Dale S August 28, 2021 2:58 pm UTC
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I'd much prefer being able to buy these as POD, either in 1 large volume including all 3 handbooks, or as individual handbooks. Since I have to end up printing them and binding them before I use them, anyway.
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