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Elminster's Excellent Establishments

Truly Great Shops that you Cannot Miss

This book is Elminster Aumar's answer to the question "What are the greatest shops in the Realms?". Elminster's Excellent Establishments is the must-use book for everyone that frequently travels through the Forgotten Realms. It will help you find a (relatively) safe place to spend the night, trustworthy shopkeeps, and everything in between.

This book includes 20 unique establishments and their proprietors, together with a list of wares offered, delectable details about the owner, and other adventure seeds to inspire your campaign.

In addition to the full-color 92-page supplement you will also receive:

  • A printer-friendly version
  • A separate PDF file with all the monsters used in the supplement
  • A separate PDF file with a stor(e)y tracker that allows you to keep notes on all the shops & shopkeepers
  • High-Res map of Telemir's Bed and Breakfast

The book includes everything you need to effectively (and quickly!) use it at the table. All referenced monsters and items (both magic and mundane!) are listed in the complete appendices, whether you purchase the digital or print version.

We've included much of the book in the full-size preview and encourage you to check it out before you buy!

For the Roll20 version of this book, click here!

Anthony Joyce-Rivera Anthony Joyce-Rivera
"As a game designer and Dungeon Master I found Elminster’s Excellent Establishment entirely inspirational to bring my world to life. From NPCs with detailed roleplaying tips, to price lists to help DMs bring shops to life, this product is a must buy!"
Anne Gregersen Anne Gregersen
"There's always a need for shops in my games and this book fills that void excellently. Quality work, from quality creators!"
jessica ross jessica ross
"This is a wonderful collection of fascinating locations and even includes NPCs and plot hooks! This will be a fantastic addition to my games when I want to send my players to an interesting new place with plenty to see and do."
Bianca Bickford Bianca Bickford
"More than just a collection of taverns or common supplies shops, Elminster's Excellent Establishments gives you unusual opportunities to engage your players with unexpected NPCs, items, and adventure hooks."
Kat Kruger Kat Kruger
"Elminster’s Excellent Establishments is a solid collection of drop-in establishments for any campaign, and provides example generic locations as well as concrete locations within Faerûn for each business. The pages of this tome are filled with inspirational content and features interesting NPCs, cool wares and services, plus “drama” to delight any adventuring party. Notes from Elminster himself add a charming touch to a most excellent publication."

Below you can find a short selection of the many excellent establishments described by Elminster:

  • Located in an old keep in Furthinghome, The Aerie Court is the place to buy a griffon mount. Zephyr might not be the nicest guy in the world, but he sure knows how to train a griffon! (Kari Jo "Kage" Freudigmann)
  • Throwing a party soon and need a good location? Look no further than Squeekie & Kleen's Rent-A-Keep! For the low low price of 5,000 gp*, Cragmaw Castle could be yours! *decorations not included and sold seperately (Daniel Kahn)
  • If you're traveling through the Underdark, you just might run into The Purveyor's Wagon of Curiosities, a messy shop inside a wagon run by The Purveyor, full of magical goodies. (NevernotDM)

A look inside

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And on the table


The team

Shop Designers: Ben Doherty (@SpongeonMaster), Dan Kahn (@FrictionlessDan), David Jansen (@StoriesTavern), Doug Riechel (@Elion_King), Dylan Bockelman (@InvoicingKarma), Kari Jo "Kage" Freudigmann (@ragekagexrugger), NevernotDM (@NevernotDM), Peter Rudin-Burgess (@PPMGamer), Spencer Hibnick (@PestoEnthusiast), Trevor Salla

Editing: Adam Dahlheim (@acdahl2)

Lead Designer, Art Direction and Layout: T.M. van Dalen (

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August 13th, 2022
Another great one! Like Volo's vetted vendors, it's almost immediately and infinitely useful! Helps round out adventures that need a little something extra, without requring alot of work by the DM. Very (VERY) pleased it can be purch [...]
August 13th, 2022
This was exactly the sort of resource I was hoping for, making it easier to run my game. Each entry provides a memorable NPC and shop, with good physical descriptions and NPC characteristics to drop into a game session on the fly. I literally just used [...]
July 30th, 2022
These fun filled shops, edifices, and personalities bring a delightful breath of freshness and depth to any campaign. I found Elminster’s Excellent Establishments to be creative, delightful, and magical! [...]
July 30th, 2022
Elminster's Excellent Establishments is the kind of book that is useful for just about every DM. The thing it helps with, namely shops and shopping in dnd, occurs in every game ever and more often than not it kinda falls flat or is skipped as &quo [...]
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