Hello readers! For many of you that frequently visit game stores you have probably seen this product, the Spellbook Cards for each class. They come in a little box and contain brief mention of what they are. They look like this:
Normally I do not buy into many of the mini products that are put out as player aids. I often find that they cost more then they are worth. My Dad; however, is a big fan of D&D products, and so we bought him a set of Bard Spellbook Cards for his birthday. Surprisingly I am actually really impressed with these items. While not essential they are very useful and can help assist smooth and quicker play.
Nearly every D&D group has had the experience of passing the Player’s Handbook around the group as everyone simultaneously wants to look up spells, abilities, and rules. This can become quite cumbersome when a party contains multiple spellcasters and only one Player’s Handbook. Often the solution is to try to get more Player’s Handbooks; however, this is a rather costly solution. A great alternative is the Spellbook Cards. These cards give full details for all the spells in the Player’s Handbook, so they are a great quick reference guide for each spellcaster, without needing to purchase another Player’s Handbook. I was impressed the cards’ text is legible and well organized. These cards are also a great visual cue for players for what spells they have prepared for the day. Finally, instead of looking through a whole book, they merely need to grab the specific card and read it. Occasionally players will need to look up rules in the Player’s Handbook, but the Spellbook cards certainly cut down on this need.
The Spellbook Cards are also fairly priced with a range between $20-10, considering these could be used as frequently as a player sheet this seems reasonable.
Overall, while not essential to get gaming, I think the Spellbook Cards are a great addition to any D&D Gamer’s collection, especially for spell heavy classes like Wizards, Clerics, and Druids.
What do you think? Have you seen these cards? Have you used them?