You’ve seen this book before. Sure you have, sure. Only when it first came out (around the end of 2005) it didn’t have a nifty shiny foil like cover like this:
Over the years I collected many a spells; cut outs from Dragon Magazine, various online resources, even some that were hand-written on loose paper. All of those were stuffed into my Dungeon Master’s Guide from.. Gosh this one I got back in the late 90’s. The binding is worn, the pages are well read, you could say it has.. “character“.
In December of 2005, Wizards of the Coast gathered together some of the more popular spells from the ether and stuffed them into the Spell Compendium. It held over 1,000 different spells that covered all of the spell casting classes. No, it didn’t have ALL the spells out there, but dang, with over 1,000 to choose from..
If you have the original from 2005, then this version really does not offer much. However, if your copy is worn and tattered (like mine) and you are looking to upgrade to a shiny new book, then this book is what you want. It’s simply a reproduction of the original with just a few small changes.
Some of the spell names have been changed, a few examples:
Air Bubble is now Deep Breath
Guided Arrow is now Guided Shot
Undeniable Gravity is now Earthbind
In addition to a few of the spell name changes there is also corrects (errata) to some of the spells themselves. WoTC made a few changes with how the spells worked since it’s original release in 2005 so those corrections have been.. well.. corrected in this reprint (so you don’t need to keep that print out from their website anymore).
All in all, I really like this reprint. The cover is slick; foil embossment (gives it a really nice feel), the artwork within is the same as it was several years back (I’ve always loved the artowrk in my D&D books).
Title: Spell Compendium 3.5 Edition Premium Reprint
Item Code: 35770000
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Page Count: 288
Price: $49.95; C$58.00
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