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"Incredibly well-researched"


"This is exactly what the players at my table needed... they're already thinking more clearly about their combat."

Over two thousand years ago, a philosopher-general named Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War, the seminal work on military strategy. Discover how you can use these ancient secrets to master the game of Dungeons & Dragons!

This book has the following chapters, each one packed with information:

  1. Making Plans - planning for adventure, planning for battle
  2. Campaigning - seeking quick victories, taking short and long rests, setting up a base camp, managing equipment
  3. Strategic Combat - knowing when to fight, handling superior forces, having a common spirit, using surprise, assessing combat capacity
  4. Tactical Roles - defenders, strikers, controllers, boosters    
  5. Use of Energy - understanding the action economy, using the action economy, class-specific examples, feats examples    
  6. Weak Points and Strong - defense profiles, general damage strategies    
  7. Combat Maneuvers - defending a flank, attacking a flank, hit-and-run attacking, stonewalling, retreating
  8. Various Tactics - combat advantage, fire focus, target priority, ranged attacks, reach weapons, buffing, grappling, tactical healing    
  9. Movement and Development - force development, concentration and dispersal, movement in combat
  10. Cover and Terrain - types of cover, attacking from cover, utilizing terrain
  11. Situations and Combinations - optimization vs narration, multiclassing essentials, class specific combinations
  12. Attacking with Magic - damage spells, buff spells, debuff spells, control spells, utility spells, recommended spells by class
  13. Gathering Information - research, espionage

For novice players, this book will take your game to a new level. For experienced players, this comprehensive guide provides an invaluable reference tool. This is a must-have book for everyone who loves the game!

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Sebastian P October 13, 2019 1:16 am UTC
Is this edition dependant or independant?
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M.T. B October 13, 2019 1:17 am UTC
Focused on 5e
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Vis S September 17, 2019 6:53 am UTC
It would be nice if the preview included a glimpse of anything beyond chapter 1 - rather than so many pages previewing just the first chapter, it'd be cool to see a page or two from each chapter so potential buyers get a sense of what sort of content is contained in those later chapters.
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M.T. B September 17, 2019 7:00 am UTC
The built-in preview function doesn't allow that - the previewed pages have to be contiguous. You'll find that the "Quick Preview" and the Full-size preview show different page sets.
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Vis S October 04, 2019 5:45 am UTC
Ah, I see. Thanks for the response.
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Ricie D August 30, 2019 6:29 am UTC
I have a friend who wants to do a Kickstarter the general idea is stl file monsters and a dragon for each goal. Each goal monster is geared around an environment Ie; jungle,desert,forest,mountain and so on. the question is do you do commission work for this type stuff. I would like to talk to you more in not a public forum about the details.
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M.T. B August 30, 2019 8:18 am UTC
You can email me at
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Ricie D August 30, 2019 8:25 am UTC
ok thanks
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Brent C July 17, 2019 6:53 pm UTC
Hello. How many pages is this book? Does it incorporate the combat revisions made in 5e? Thank you.
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M.T. B July 18, 2019 12:38 am UTC
Hi Pel, the book is 69 pages long. I'm not sure I know what you mean by "combat revisions in 5e." Could you tell me a little more?
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shawn K May 23, 2019 9:58 pm UTC
Any plans to do a print/print on demand version of this?
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M.T. B May 24, 2019 2:09 am UTC
We are working on it, but it’s a few weeks away
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shawn K May 24, 2019 3:42 am UTC
word... I will purchase it then as I enjoy all the works I have bought of yours! i really wish their was a print version of your elminsters guide to magic for it is used by every one at our table.
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M.T. B May 26, 2019 8:37 am UTC
Thanks Shawn!
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M.T. B July 17, 2019 8:01 am UTC
Hi Shawn, the POD version is now available
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shawn K July 18, 2019 12:31 pm UTC
ill order it this week.
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Jonathan K May 23, 2019 1:06 pm UTC
In case you ever do revisions or a similar product, I would like to put forward the case that monks (and even battlemaster fighters) could be included in the controller group. Their abilities to stun and the open hand's abilities to push creatures around the battlefield make them great for rounding up enemies, putting allies in advantageous positions and breaking grapples.
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M.T. B May 23, 2019 8:48 pm UTC
That's a good point and I will note that when I do a revision. Thanks!
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Sean W May 28, 2019 10:47 pm UTC
Hi MT! I'm an artist and I'd like to you about offering my services. My portfolio is (not sure if links work in comments) Hope to hear from you soon! Cheers!
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M.T. B May 28, 2019 11:28 pm UTC
Thanks Sean, I will check out your portfolio :-)
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Sean W May 29, 2019 12:36 am UTC
Thanks! I'm afraid it's mostly geared towards animation and not illustration. Feel free to contact me via the contact form and I can show you more illustrative stuff. Or, email me directly at sean (at) electricpencil (dot) productions.
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