I came to D&D Third Edition quite late. It is strange but however much you enjoy something, on occasion you don’t get around to it and D&D became a bit like that for me. Bringing up my step-daughter and keeping my former wife in the manner she was accustomed to meant I ended up limiting my gaming to a night a week. D&D couldn’t figure as Adrian’s long running hybrid campaign took precedence. With demanding wife now ex-wife and with step-daughter all grown up and moved out I was able to dedicate more time to my hobby and I started playing and enjoying 3.5 with Chris and other old gaming buddies.
4.0 Came Too Soon
I wasn’t ready for 4.0 in so many ways. Keeping it roleplaying rather than bitching at WOTC, I’ve played Warriors and Clerics, a few mixed classes, a Necromancer, an Assassin (formerly gestalt) and am sizing up Rogues and Bards. I have dabbled with Exalted and Unspeakably Evil but barely poked the surface of prestige classes. I cracked at Christmas and treated both myself and Chris to the corrupting power of the 4.0 Handbook only to find myself totally unmoved by it. No doubt I’ll vent at some point but for now I’ll carry on with my original point about availability of 3.5 books.
Buy Buy Bye!
Now I’m lucky I suppose in that I am an old git and therefore have a bit of spare cash to splash. Having said that I’m not rash and until 4.0 came around I bought the 3.5 books as I needed or wanted them. I won’t list them endlessly, but I collected the core books, a few “Completes” and the good and evil pair. Now whilst I have watched 4.0 from afar, I’ve kept an eye on the 3.5 market and here is my summary for what it is worth.
Yes, they are going out of stock fast and my long sought out fall on the second hand market was short lived. Obviously the USA is still the place but the UK main retailers are about done. I have managed to pick up the Complete Champion, Adventurer, Mage and Scoundrel at about GBP12 new ($12) from a gaming shop but they are getting rare.
One book I really wanted was Libris Mortis. I managed to order one from the USA for about GBP20 (I’m still waiting for it) but prices are really scary. There are currently no copies on EBay UK and 2 on the US site starting at $10. But if this is your baby bag it now because on Alabris.com a big UK book price comparison site they start at GBP22 and reach the unfeasible heights of GBP74!
The Weird Stuff
I managed to rein in my panic at a spend of about GBP100 (probably about $110 or $200 just before Christmas – and yes I am so very bitter). But not before I found a load of odd little soft back books I’d missed. I cracked and spent a tenner on Song And Silence which I’m pleased about. The trap section is really good although I’m sure it will all be helpful
The 3.5 Bucket List
So what do I really need? I am sure all you wizened and hardened 3.5 veterans have an opinion and I’d welcome it. I feel the Complete Arcane is a necessity but I’ve not tracked one down yet. After this, my hit list is blank but I am sure there are some essentials you can recommend. What I do know is that 3.5 has a lot of playing left in it and whilst I’ll probably dabble in 4.0, WOTC will not be retiring on my purchases for a fair while yet.