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Volo's Guide to All Things Magical is a 128-page sourcebook for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition released in October 1996.

Official synopsis[]

For aeons, folk have struggled to master the world of Toril through the use of magic. The human race has stolen what magical knowledge it can from the elves and other races, gained more through worship, and created the rest by building on the work of those who have gone before. For centuries, human wizards have experimented with new spells and variations on existing magic, striving to grow ever more powerful. They have succeeded to an astonishing degree, but through the death of secretive mages and the hidden, or distorted.

To pierce this heavy cloak of missing knowledge, cryptic sorcerous codes, and misinformation requires a writer of rare daring, peristence, and magical skill. Such a man is Volothamp Geddarm, famous traveler of the Realms - and this is his most important, long-suppressed work, the book that archwizards could not keep from your hands!

Read this 128-page tome, and learn:

  • how do mages gain special powers for themselves, including the awesome ability known as Spellfire?
  • how may items be enchanted to fire forth magic once, twice, or whenever called upon?
  • what are the best materials from which to construct magical items?
  • what powerful spells have hitherto been the secrets of the most puissant archmages?
  • what are many of the fell, awesome artifacts of the Realms known to exist?
  • what lore exists about teleportation, magical wards, guardian spells, and sites of power?
  • and much, much more that most wizards would have liked to remain hidden forever from the eyes of their rivals - and from common folk not skilled in magic!

Suitable for all levels of play.

Special Note: This edition of Volo's Guide, intended for travelers from beyond the borders of Faer?n, has been heavily rewritten and contains game notes and commentary by the famous sage and archmage Elminster of Shadowdale.

Content[]

Development and release[]

Development[]

The book was written by Ed Greenwood and Eric L. Boyd. Art was provided by Ciruelo Cabral, Tony Crnkovich, Ned Dameron and Valerie Valusek.

Release[]

Volo's Guide to All Things Magical was released by TSR in October 1996 for $[missing data] US or $[missing data] Canadian.

On October 01, 2013, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $9.99.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, Volo's Guide to All Things Magical reached the rank of Electrum seller on DriveThruRPG.

Influence on other works[]

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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition
Core rules
Player's HandbookDungeon Master Guide
Monstrous Compendium Volume OneMonstrous Compendium Volume TwoMonstrous Manual
First QuestIntroduction to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons GameThe Complete Starter SetDungeons & Dragons Adventure Game
Optional core rules
Player's Option: Combat & TacticsPlayer's Option: Skills & PowersPlayer's Option: Spells & Magic
Dungeon Master Option: High-Level CampaignsCampaign Option: Council of Wyrms
Supplement lines
Player's Handbook Rules SupplementDungeon Master's Guide Rules Supplement
Monstrous Compendium AppendixMonstrous Compendium Annual
Encyclopedia MagicaHistorical ReferenceThe Magic EncyclopediaMonstrous ArcanaPriest's Spell CompendiumWizard's Spell Compendium
Other supplements
Bastion of FaithBook of ArtifactsCastle SitesChronomancerCity SitesCollege of WizardryCountry SitesDen of ThievesDungeon Builder's GuidebookGuide to HellLegends & LoreRogues' GalleryShamanTome of MagicThe Vortex of Madness and Other Planar PerilsWarriors of HeavenWorld Builder's Guidebook
Adventures
The Apocalypse StoneAxe of the Dwarvish LordsCleric's Challenge (II) • The Dancing Hut of Baba YagaDestiny of KingsDie Vecna Die!Dragon MountainDungeons of DespairFighter's Challenge (II) • The Gates of Firestorm PeakA Hero's TaleLabyrinth of MadnessThe Lost Shrine of BundushaturMoonlight MadnessThe Murky DeepNight Below: An Underdark CampaignA Paladin in HellReturn to the Tomb of HorrorsReverse DungeonRoad to DangerThe Rod of Seven PartsThe Shattered CircleThe Silver KeySwamplightTale of the CometTales of EnchantmentTemple, Tower, & TombThief's Challenge (II) • TSR Jam 1999Wizard's Challenge (II)
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