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The Blackstaff's Book of 1000 Spells

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The Blackstaff’s Book of 1,000 Spells is the largest compilation of 5E spells ever released, over 300 pages, from the creators behind such titles as Elminster's Guide to Magic, the Player's Companion, Faiths of the Forgotten Realms (I and II), and the Ravenloft Archetypes series (which Critical Role creator Matt Mercer praised as "Really grand content! Well thought out, well presented, and a fantastic supplement to any campaign... Highly recommended!")

The Blackstaff. A legendary archmage, a title passed on as a powerful legacy, and an artifact gifted to the greatest magic-users in the Forgotten Realms. Wizards who have claimed the title of Blackstaff have been able to manipulate time, crush their enemies with a thought, and shatter reality on a whim. Now the secrets of this arcane might can finally be yours with The Blackstaff’s Book of 1000 Spells.

This ancient book of magical secrets and the wisdom of the greatest spellcasters in the Forgotten Realms lives up to its name, with over 1,000 spells for every character class, every occasion, and every level of power. In addition, notes from some of D&D greatest spellcasters-- including Mordenkainen, Elminster, and Laeral Silverhand-- reveal secrets for making the best use of these new spells, and uncover their connections to the ancient lore of Eberron, Ravenloft, the Forgotten Realms, and other settings. 

Want to terrify your players? Flummox your Dungeon Master? Rediscover spells from every prior edition of Dungeons & Dragons, from the 1970s to 2020? This massive spellbook, years in the making, can help you achieve all this and more.

Master spells beyond your wildest imaginings, decipher the true nature of magic, learn from some the multiverse's greatest wizards, and take your game to the next level with The Blackstaff’s Book of 1000 Spells!

 
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Brian G October 28, 2020 8:04 pm UTC
Great Product, Navigation is fairly difficult in the version I've seen. A lot of jumping back and forth between index or spell list and the actual description pages to find out what all the spells are that you're interested in, better to just read from start to finish most likely.
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Leif E October 03, 2020 4:42 pm UTC
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here's one for you. Cleric's (Druids and Rangers also) are supposed to get a spell called Command Another's Pet at second level. I can't find this spell in the descriptions section anywhere. Help? There is the Command Minor Beast with description block on page 88 but this spell in not on any class list that I can find. And the description doesn't apply to the Command Another's Pet title of the first spell. Again, Help please
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Leif E October 03, 2020 3:08 am UTC
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I have more corrections if you're interested. At least 10 spells in the wrong level list for wizards. It seems from my own findings as well as others, that the spell lists could use a thorough editing. Also if the book is ever updated I would plead for a format change of the spell level lists from the current Italicized text to nonitalicized text. This would be far more comfortable to read and work from. thank you, despite the little issues this is a very cool tome.
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Leif E October 01, 2020 1:34 pm UTC
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The spell text for "Protection from Aerial Attacks" on page 233 is a first level spell. But the Wizards, Warlocks and Sorcerer's lists don't allow it until 2nd level. Which is it? I think it should be a 2nd level spell but would like clarification, please
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Guy D September 07, 2020 4:01 am UTC
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This is pretty good. A lot of good work went in to this.

It should be noted for inexperienced DMs, one of the lessons learned back in 3.5 is that when you add a large number of spells to the game, it instantly helps druids and clerics as they can use the new spells right away, plus they suddenly have a lot more versatility as they can prepare fresh lists each day.

Sorceres don't benefit from the new choices until they level up and wizards will need the DM to drop spellbooks and scrolls for them to really benefit.

What I'm saying is that the sudden addition of 1000 spells does affect the balance of the game. That isn't a bad thing, but DMs need to be aware of it and plan around it either by limiting its use (nobody wants that) or by dropping lots of scrolls so the other classes can quickly use the new spells.
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Lathan D August 29, 2020 2:44 pm UTC
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Although there are several interesting and worthwhile spells in this book, the formatting of the product is by far the worst I've ever experienced. Sifting through it is beyond a chore. The table of contents is based only on class (no school of magic guide), its congested, and even word finder fails to alleviate the issue, as many of the writings are not actually text. Such a shame.
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David B July 25, 2020 1:38 pm UTC
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Clarifying question for the creators. In the spell lists (Sorcerer, Wizard, Warlock) Lifebane is listed as a 4th level spell, but in the spell description it is listed as a 5th level spell. Which is correct?
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Imogen C June 18, 2020 11:16 pm UTC
this may be a silly question but whats with the astrix at the end of every spell (or least almost every spell)?
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Jeremy F July 06, 2020 1:35 am UTC
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Those are an artifact of our original intention, which was the inclusion of subclasses and items. The asterisk simply denotes that it is one of the new spells in the book, as opposed to a spell from the PHB or another source.
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Imogen C July 13, 2020 8:49 pm UTC
Fair enough looks good either way
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Krys T May 29, 2020 8:22 am UTC
I just have to know if it has "Flesh to Plush"...
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Jeremy F July 06, 2020 1:35 am UTC
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I am afraid that did not make the cut. Sorry, we realize we let a lot of people down.
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Robert C May 25, 2020 10:52 am UTC
Just a heads up. There are spells that are already covered in Elminster's Guide to Magic that have been identically copied across to this one. At least some of these spells take major inspiration/get similar effects from third party 3.5 spells while not making sufficient changes to account for 5e.

To give an example - the spell Shadow Form exists both in Elminster's Guide to Magic and Blackstaff's 1000 spells as a 5th level illusion spell. The effects of the spell are based on the spell of the same name that can be found in the 3.5 Spell Compendium. But a 5th level spell (your only 5th level slot given at 9th level, 50% of your total 5th level spells from 10th to 17th level) is being used up on essentially some stealth advantage and stealth proficiency with a few effects similar to gaseous form, but gaseous form is 3rd level.
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Ashley G May 23, 2020 12:41 am UTC
Any update when this will be for Fantasy Grounds? I would love to buy it for that, my players would love it. And I'm too lazy to get the pdf and enter all those spells, lol.
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Jeffrey L June 22, 2020 4:12 pm UTC
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The book is getting close to being complete for Fantasy Grounds.
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Ashley G June 26, 2020 3:19 pm UTC
Fantastic, will be buying it for sure! Thank you for taking the time to make it in that format.
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Gary K May 18, 2020 8:10 pm UTC
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Using this book is a very daunting task. The spells seem cool... I read the "A" section befor getting frustrated with how I can't possibly use this book since there is no easy way to look up anything. 1000 spells of various levels are alphabetical so using this to make any level character is unrealistic. Currently the search function "ctrl f" does nothing and it boggles the mind why that isn't activated.

To the author's- please reformat this. Separate the spells by level and say who can use the spell so we're not flipping back and forth between accessible spells and the other 327 pages. Since I want this book to be really easy, take notes from 3.5 edition and included a little summary of what the spell is. I understand it will be a lot of work for you to reformat the book, but understand it's more work for the people using it. Don't be windows vista, help us out.
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Scott B May 22, 2020 3:18 pm UTC
Hi, Gary. Thank you for the feedback! We are currently reviewing comments and discussing how we'll implement the most desired, practical, and useful feedback in the title's next revision. You've brought valid points that we'll consider for future releases. I'm happy to receive any additional comments and suggestions regarding this title via email: scottbean@dragonrockgames
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Gari A August 09, 2020 3:26 pm UTC
This is an issue for me as well and makes the document harder to use. Lots of great content, but being able to search is the big reason why I get PDF's.
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Ruben M May 17, 2020 6:52 pm UTC
For everyone interested to buy: the PDF has serious formatting issues, especially considering that there are 1.000 spells in the book.

for the author: What were you guys thinking not making the names of spells searchable via strg+F ?!? (you put the spell names in form of an image).

also sorting the spells purely by alphabet with no regard to its level is one of the worst choices possible. I get that you wanted to go with the official WotC formatting, but it's just bad. if my wizard player wants to see what cool level 3 spells he can learn now he shouldn't have to jump back and forth through a poorly formated PDF to find anything.
sort the spells by: class --> level --> alphabet. so first are artificer level 1 spells in alphabetical order, then artificer level 2 spells in alphabetical order, and so on. literally the same way its formated in the "overview" in the PHB. no idea why they (or you for that matter) thought it's a good idea to completely throw the level...See more
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Gary K May 18, 2020 7:59 pm UTC
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I really wish I saw your post before I purchased this 2 days ago.
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Scott B May 22, 2020 3:20 pm UTC
Hi, Ruben. I responded to Gary above regarding the same topic. Thank you for providing valuable feedback!
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Lewis S May 11, 2020 11:15 pm UTC
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Inspire Dread does not function due to the lack of a specified range on the ranged spell attack.
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Scott B May 22, 2020 3:23 pm UTC
Thanks for the feedback, Lewis! I've responded above to Gary and provided some contact information to receive additional feedback. Please let me know if you come across any concerns during your review or in play.
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Alexander K May 09, 2020 6:07 am UTC
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I found some spells , Thought Blast and Thought Projection that fall under the list of 1st level spells for Sorcerers, but in the spell description show as cantrips.
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Callum R May 07, 2020 12:57 pm UTC
How come the spell lists seem so arbitrarily constructed? Like how Choking Hands is strictly a warlock spell when Acererak (a wizard) implies that he has used it.
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