Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Fantasy Gaming. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Player's Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

Create heroic characters for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.   The Player’s Handbook is the essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons roleplayer. It contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more. Use this book to create characters from among the most iconic D&D races and classes.   Publisher’s Weekly #1 Best Seller in Hardcover Nonfiction Wall Street Journal #1 Best Seller in Hardcover Nonfiction   • In Dungeons & Dragons , you and your friends coauthor your own legend. Guided by a Dungeon Master, you create characters and play their roles in a story, rolling dice and navigating maps as you unfold a tale as limitless as your imagination.   • The Player’s Handbook is the first of three D&D core rulebooks, along with the Monster Manual and the Dungeon Master’s Guide. The Player’s Handbook is the cornerstone. It’s the foundational text of D&D’s fifth edition—for beginners and for veterans alike.   • The Player’s Handbook walks you through how to create a Dungeons & Dragons character—the role you’ll play in the D&D world.   • Dungeons & Dragons is the world’s greatest roleplaying game. Created in 1974, D&D transformed gaming culture by blending traditional fantasy with miniatures and wargaming.

  • Author: Wizards RPG Team
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Illustrated edition (August 19, 2014)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Puzzles & Games
  • ISBN: 978-0786965601
  • Dimensions: 8.53 x 0.73 x 11.12 inches

                 

2. Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (D&D Rules Expansion) (Dungeons & Dragons)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

A magical mixture of rules options for the world's greatest roleplaying game. The wizard Tasha, whose great works include the spell Tasha's hideous laughter, has gathered bits and bobs of precious lore during her illustrious career as an adventurer. Her enemies wouldn't want these treasured secrets scattered across the multiverse, so in defiance, she has collected and codified these tidbits for the enrichment of all. EXPANDED SUBCLASSES. Try out subclass options for every Dungeons & Dragons class, including the artificer, which appears in the book. MORE CHARACTER OPTIONS. Tasha's Cauldron of Everything introduces a host of class features and feats, plus straightforward rules for modifying a character's racial traits and customizing their origin. INTRODUCING GROUP PATRONS. Whether you're part of the same criminal syndicate or working for an ancient dragon, each group patron option comes with its own perks and types of assignments. SPELLS, ARTIFACTS & MAGIC TATTOOS. Discover more spells, as well as magic tattoos, artifacts, and other magic items for your campaign. EXPANDED RULES OPTIONS. Try out rules for sidekicks, supernatural environments, natural hazards, and parleying with monsters, and gain guidance on running a session zero. A PLETHORA OF PUZZLES. Ready to be dropped into any D&D adventure, puzzles of varied difficulty await your adventurers, complete with traps and guidance on using the puzzles in a campaign. Full of expanded content for players and Dungeon Masters alike, this book is a great addition to the Player's Handbook. Baked in you'll find more rule options for all the character classes in the Player's Handbook, including more subclass options. Thrown in for good measure is the artificer class, a master of magical invention. And this witch's brew wouldn't be complete without a dash of added artifacts, spellbook options, spells for both player characters and monsters, magical tattoos, group patrons, and other tasty goodies.

  • Author: Wizards RPG Team
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (November 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy
  • ISBN: 978-0786967025
  • Dimensions: 8.54 x 0.57 x 11.16 inches

                 

3. Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide (Core Rulebook, D&D Roleplaying Game)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

Weave legendary stories in the world’s greatest roleplaying game.   All you need to run a Dungeons & Dragons game is your imagination, some dice, and this book. The Dungeon Master’s Guide teaches you how to how to run D&D adventures for your players— how to invent monsters for them to fight, mysteries for them to solve, and fantasy worlds for them to explore.   “The Dungeon Master’s Guide is the one book to rule them all, the most comprehensive and powerful set of resources needed to run a game of D&D. . .” —Charlie Hall, Polygon.com   “D&D acolytes are everywhere...Tech workers from Silicon Valley to Brooklyn have long-running campaigns, and the showrunners and the novelist behind ‘Game of Thrones’ have all been Dungeon Masters.” —Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker   • The Dungeon Master’s Guide is one of the three main Dungeons & Dragons books, along with the Player’s Handbook and Monster Manual. It’s a reference used by the Dungeon Master (the game’s narrator) to create adventures—to run Dungeons & Dragons games and fill them with characters and stories.   • The Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG) is full of tools to help you immerse players in the game. What’s the demon lord’s secret weakness? Are the orcish invaders a criminal enterprise, or traitorous allies? Dozens of tables throughout the book help inspire your decisions and keep the game flowing smoothly.   • In the Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG), even the tables tell tales. A legendary sword takes five decades to craft. Who created it, and why? A tavern-crawling gnome has an eye twitch. How did she get it, and when? In every detail is an architecture for narrative—and the Dungeon Master’s Guide has all the tools you need to flesh it out with ease.   • In Dungeons & Dragons, you and your friends coauthor your own legend. Guided by a Dungeon Master, you create characters and play their roles in a story, rolling dice and navigating maps as you unfold a tale as limitless as your imagination.   • Dungeons & Dragons is the world’s greatest roleplaying game. Created in 1974, D&D transformed gaming culture by blending traditional fantasy with miniatures and wargaming.

  • Author: Wizards RPG Team
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 5th edition (December 9, 2014)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Puzzles & Games
  • ISBN: 978-0786965625
  • Dimensions: 8.51 x 0.85 x 11.17 inches

                 

4. Fizban's Treasury of Dragons (Dungeon & Dragons Book)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

Discover everything there is to know about dragons—the most iconic of D&D monsters—in this quintessential reference guide.   Meet Fizban the Fabulous: doddering archmage, unlikely war hero, divine avatar of a dragon-god—and your guide to the mysteries of dragonkind.   What is the difference between a red dragon and a gold dragon? What is dragonsight? How does a dragon’s magic impact the world around them? This comprehensive guide provides Dungeon Masters with a rich hoard of tools and information for designing dragon-themed encounters, adventures, and campaigns. Dragonslayers and dragon scholars alike will also appreciate its insight into harnessing the power of dragon magic and options for players to create unique, memorable draconic characters.     •  Introduces gem dragons to fifth edition!   •  Provides Dungeon Masters with tools to craft adventures inspired by dragons, including dragon lair maps and detailed information about 20 different types of dragons   •  Adds player character options, including dragon-themed subclasses for monks and rangers, unique draconic ancestries for dragonborn, additional spell options, and a feat   •  Presents a complete dragon bestiary and introduces a variety of dragons and dragon-related creatures—including aspects of the dragon gods, dragon minions, and more   •  Reveals the story of the First World and the role the dragon gods Bahamut and Tiamat played in its creation and destruction

  • Author: Wizards RPG Team
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (October 19, 2021)
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy
  • ISBN: 978-0786967292

                 

5. Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit (D&D Boxed Set)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

Everything you need to create characters and play the new adventures in this introduction to the world’s greatest roleplaying game. Designed for 2-6 players. " The Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit is the perfect introduction to the legendary role-playing game ." —Forbes " Truly excellent ."—Paste • Take your first step into the world of Dungeons & Dragons, or get a more expansive D&D experience after playing the Starter Set. • Play with groups as small as two players (one Dungeon Master & one adventurer) for the first time in D&D fifth edition with the introduction of “sidekicks.” • Battle and plunder your way through Phandalin in the all new D&D adventure, Dragon of Icespire Peak. • Experience the thrill of being a Dungeon Master behind a four-panel DM screen with at-a-glance game rules for quick and easy reference. • Continue your Dungeons & Dragons journey with codes to unlock content on D&D Beyond, the official digital toolset for D&D. Components: (1) rulebook, (1) Dragon of Icespire Peak introductory adventure, (6) blank character sheets, (11 ) dice, (1) 33" × 8.5" Dungeon Master's screen, (81) cards for magic items, sidekicks and more, (1) 21" x 15" double-sided poster map for use with the adventure, (1) code for 50% the digital version of the Player's Handbook, access to supplementary content, including additional adventure materials to continue the story into higher levels of play.

  • Author: Wizards RPG Team
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (September 3, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure
  • ISBN: 978-0786966837
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 2.1 x 11.6 inches

                 



6. Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft (Dungeons & Dragons)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

Explore the horrors of Ravenloft in this campaign sourcebook for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.   Terror stalks the nightmare realms of Ravenloft. No one knows this better than monster scholar Rudolph Van Richten. To arm a new generation against the creatures of the night, Van Richten has compiled his correspondence and case files into this tome of eerie tales and chilling truths.      •   Travel (perhaps even by choice) to Ravenloft's expanded Domains of Dread—each domain with its own unique flavor of horror, thrilling story hooks, and grisly cast of characters      •   Craft your own D&D horror settings, add tension with optional rules, and get advice for running a game that's ghastly in all the right ways      •   Create characters with lineages tied to vampires, undead, and hags, horror-themed subclasses, the Investigator background, and "Dark Gifts" that may be a double-edged sword      •   Unleash nightmarish monsters from an expanded bestiary, and browse a collection of mysterious trinkets      •   Explore Ravenloft in the included Dungeons & Dragons adventure—play as a stand-alone adventure or drop it into your current game for a bit of sinister fun

  • Author: Wizards RPG Team
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (May 18, 2021)
  • Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy
  • ISBN: 978-0786967254
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 11 inches

                 

7. Millennial Loteria


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

“You need this Millennial Lotería for your next game night.” –Latina Magazine “Lotería cards got a genius millennial makeover.” – The Chicago Tribune OMG, can you even? Millennial Lotería is a hilarious and insightful parody of the classic “Mexican Bingo” game called Lotería, but this time, it’s like way more millennial. Born from the viral Instagram account @MillennialLoteria, this game reimagines La Dama as La Feminist, El Catrín as El Hipster, and Las Jaras as La Hashtag. Filled with nostalgia and ironic humor, it’s guaranteed to make your next fiesta be lit AF. So grab your bitcoins, get a couple of your fave followers together, and prepare to yell “Yaaaaasssssssssss, Millennial Lotería!” Each set includes: 46 cards 10 boards 80 bitcoin tokens and a collectible Millennial Lotería pin!

  • Author: Mike Alfaro
  • Publisher: Blue Star Press (December 4, 2018)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Puzzles & Games
  • ISBN: 978-1944515805
  • Dimensions: 9 x 1.5 x 5.5 inches

                 

8. Dungeons & Dragons Core Rulebooks Gift Set (Special Foil Covers Edition with Slipcase, Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual, DM Screen)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

The perfect gift for the Dungeons & Dragons fans in your life or as a treat for yourself.   Need a gift for the holidays? A birthday present, a treat for yourself? This is it. Inside the D&D Core Rulebook Gift Set are special foil cover editions of the three Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks—the Players Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual—plus a Dungeon Master’s screen, all collected in a stylish slipcase. It’s the perfect gift for any D&D fan.   • Each of the three books and the Dungeon Master’s screen feature reflective foil covers, available ONLY with this release. • The Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual are the foundational texts of D&D’s fifth edition—for beginners and for veterans alike. • The D&D Gift Set includes the latest rules updates and errata. • Dungeons & Dragons is the world’s greatest roleplaying game. Created in 1974, D&D transformed gaming culture by blending traditional fantasy with miniatures and wargaming.

  • Author: Wizards RPG Team
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Gift edition (November 20, 2018)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure
  • ISBN: 978-0786966622
  • Dimensions: 8.75 x 3.09 x 11.63 inches

                 

9. D&D MORDENKAINEN'S TOME OF FOES (Dungeons & Dragons)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

Discover the truth about the great conflicts of the D&D multiverse in this supplement for the world's greatest roleplaying game. This tome is built on the writings of the renowned wizard from the world of Greyhawk, gathered over a lifetime of research and scholarship. In his travels to other realms and other planes of existence, he has made many friends, and has risked his life an equal number of times, to amass the knowledge contained herein. In addition to Mordenkainen's musings on the endless wars of the multiverse, the book contains game statistics for dozens of monsters: new demons and devils, several varieties of elves and duergar, and a vast array of other creatures from throughout the planes of existence.

  • Author: Wizards RPG Team
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Illustrated edition (May 29, 2018)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure
  • ISBN: 978-0786966240
  • Dimensions: 8.53 x 0.71 x 11.16 inches

                 

10. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount (D&D Campaign Setting and Adventure Book) (Dungeons & Dragons)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fantasy Gaming - August 2021

HOW DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS? A war brews on a continent that has withstood more than its fair share of conflict. The Dwendalian Empire and the Kryn Dynasty are carving up the lands around them, and only the greatest heroes would dare stand between them. Somewhere in the far corners of this war-torn landscape are secrets that could end this conflict and usher in a new age of peace—or burn the world to a cinder. Create a band of heroes and embark on a journey across the continent of Wildemount, the setting for Campaign 2 of the hit Dungeons & Dragons series Critical Role. Within this book, you’ll find new character options, a heroic chronicle to help you craft your character’s backstory, four different starting adventures, and everything a Dungeon Master needs to breathe life into a Wildemount-based D&D campaign… ·        Delve through the first Dungeons & Dragons book to let players experience the game as played within the world of Critical Role, the world’s most popular livestreaming D&D show. ·        Uncover a trove of options usable in any D&D game, featuring subclasses, spells, magic items, monsters, and more, rooted in the adventures of Exandria—such as Vestiges of Divergence and the possibility manipulating magic of Dunamancy. ·        Start a Dungeons & Dragons campaign in any of Wildemount’s regions using a variety of introductory adventures, dozens of regional plot seeds, and the heroic chronicle system—a way to create character backstories rooted in Wildemount. Explore every corner of Wildemount and discover mysteries revealed for the first time by Critical Role Dungeon Master, Matthew Mercer.

  • Author: Wizards RPG Team
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Illustrated edition (March 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure
  • ISBN: 978-0786966912
  • Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.5 x 1 inches