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The Dungeon Master Guide (called Dungeon Master's Guide on the cover but internally styled DUNGEON MASTER® Guide) is a core ruleobok for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition released in 1978.

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Development and release[]


The book was written by Dave Cook.


The Dungeon Master Guide was released by TSR in 1989 for $18.00 US.

Reception and influence[]


Between 1989 and 1996, Dungeon Master Guide sold a total of 543,414 copies.[1]

Year Sales
1989 204,536
1990 52,679
1991 82,474
1992 72,141
1993 55,774
1994 70,683
1995 6,414
1996 -1,287

The book effectively sold negative copies in 1996, due to returns. This is likely due to the release of the Player's Handbook (2e revised) (1995).

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  1. Tweet. Ben Riggs, July 26, 2022.

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