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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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Krys T May 29, 2020 8:22 am UTC
I just have to know if it has "Flesh to Plush"...
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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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Gary K May 18, 2020 8:10 pm UTC
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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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
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
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
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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Alexander K May 07, 2020 12:58 am UTC
Hey, going through, it appears Drawmij's spells seem to have some issues trying to search for them. For some reason the names aren't all normal text and so they don't show up when trying to search. For example, searching Light Step only shows the instances where it's in the spell lists, but not the spell description or index. The other two, Breath of Life and Toolbox have similar issues.

Edit: I guess searching is only a thing in the bookmarked PDF?
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Alexander K May 07, 2020 1:10 am UTC
Gemidan's Icicle as well.
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Aaron H May 05, 2020 1:33 pm UTC
This thing is amazing!! Where can I send a list of clarification questions and editing notes?
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Derek C May 05, 2020 3:48 am UTC
I would really love a master list of all the spells, divided by spell level and listed alphabetically (hell, even by spell school for the arcane tricksters and eldritch knights), if there ends up being a revision to how it's organized. I know some want the class tags on each spell, that would also be super helpful. This is an amazing document and I really appreciate the work that went into it.
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Connor W April 27, 2020 2:19 am UTC
Jalartan's Miraculum
For the duration of the spell, you can cast any spell of 2rd level or less with no verbal or somatic components. If the spell does not require any material components worth 50 gold pieces or more then you can cast the spell with no components. Does this spell work on 2nd or 3rd level spells? Also does this give the caster all access to any spell of said level or lower for this spells duration or is the intention to remove the components of the spell?
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Jeremy F April 28, 2020 4:44 am UTC
The intent is that when you cast spells of 1st or 2nd level, you can do so without the specified components. 3rd level spells are not affected. Apologies for the typo and any confusion.
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Jasper M April 26, 2020 8:35 am UTC
The spells in the preview look great, but I can't justify buying it with this lay-out. Not grouped by spell level and no class tag - this exact formatting almost caused me to forsake 5th Edition entirely when it first came out, because it's so mindbogglingly inconvenient. I'd probably purchase it if a restructured version was ever made though.
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Fenris U April 04, 2020 12:59 am UTC
Does each spell say what class is for? as in
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Jeremy F April 26, 2020 4:27 am UTC
We ended up doing spell lists for each class, as in the WotC books. It looks like, with so many spells, some people would prefer that info in the individual spell as well. We are looking at a way to implement that without having the layout the entire PDF once more.
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Ruben M May 17, 2020 6:45 pm UTC
Hey Jeremy, not to rain on your parade, but given what people in a DM-facebook group have said about the PDF quality makes redoing the ENTIRE pdf a dire necessity. I for one will not buy it until there is at least a somewhat acceptable formating in place.
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 is one of the worst choices possible. i get that you wanted to go with the official WotC formatting, but its 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...See more
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Robert C May 19, 2020 11:23 am UTC
Hey Jeremy. This is an issue partly due to the sheer size of spells in the book. Additionally, I've had a look at the PDF formatting in Adobe software. May I ask what software was used to put it together? It breaks a lot of normal conventions when creating a PDF, and I wonder perhaps if other editing software and PDF export besides Adobe was used.
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Kieran Y March 31, 2020 7:25 am UTC
could you release an updated one were all the font is the same because it ruins searching for spells when half the text of the spells name is in a different font.
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Travis C March 30, 2020 6:20 pm UTC
I usually look for spells based on their level, not their name. Especially important in this beast! I realize you can't out them by class grouping since there's so much overlap, but I think dividing by casting level then by school could be very helpful. Just some thoughts. I'm sure you've figured out why alphabetical is better.

As an aside, THESE ARE AWESOME SPELLS! Lots of really nasty ones from prior editions that I didn't even know I missed. Thanks *so much* for all the time and effort it took to pull this together!
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Heath H April 09, 2020 1:30 am UTC
Thank you Travis! Glad you are loving it!

We are currently looking into some different ways of organizing the text, or making the text searchable. When we update, we'll be sure to let everyone know!
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