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Bruce R. Cordell

Author of Player's Handbook

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Works by Bruce R. Cordell

Player's Handbook (2014) — Author — 2,425 copies
Psionics Handbook (2001) 379 copies
Epic Level Handbook (2002) 374 copies
Expanded Psionics Handbook (2004) 303 copies
Libris Mortis (2004) 240 copies
The Sunless Citadel (2000) 175 copies
Lady of Poison: The Priests (2004) 157 copies
Complete Psionic (2006) 154 copies
Darkvision (2006) 124 copies
Magic of Eberron (2005) 121 copies
Enemies and Allies (2001) 119 copies
Plague of Spells (2008) 100 copies
Stardeep: The Dungeons (2007) 91 copies
The Standing Stone (2001) 89 copies
Heart of Nightfang Spire (2001) 87 copies
Grasp of the Emerald Claw (2005) 70 copies
Bastion of Broken Souls (2002) 67 copies
Key of Stars (2010) 53 copies
Sword of the Gods (2011) 45 copies
The Strange RPG (2014) — Author — 41 copies
Marauders of the Dune Sea (2010) 26 copies
When The Sky Falls (2003) 26 copies
The Killing Jar (2000) 25 copies
Mindscapes (Malhavoc) (2003) 18 copies
Spinner of Lies (2012) 15 copies
The Strange Players Guide (2014) 13 copies
Planar Bestiary (2023) 8 copies
The Dark Spiral (2014) 8 copies
Artifacts & Oddities Collection 1 — Author — 6 copies
Liminal Shore (2020) 5 copies
D&D Basic Rules (2018) — Designer — 5 copies
The Stars Are Fire (2019) 4 copies
Extreme Cyphers 3 copies
Manual de psiónica (2002) 1 copy
La infraoscuridad (2004) 1 copy
Outre-Tombe 1 copy

Associated Works

Dungeon Master's Guide (2014) — Contributor — 1,608 copies
Monster Manual (5e) (2014) — Contributor — 1,342 copies
Realms of the Dead (2010) — Contributor — 77 copies
Tomorrow's Cthulhu: Stories at the Dawn of Posthumanity (2016) — Contributor — 40 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Cordell, Bruce R.
Legal name
Cordell, Bruce Robert
Watertown, South Dakota, USA
Places of residence
Seattle, Washington, USA
University of Colorado (Biology)
game designer



I ran this using an alternate online rules set that I made up. It's kind of a slog to read through. The entries for each room are way too long, I would hate to run it at a table, trying to take all that text in while everyone's waiting. It's really a dungeon crawl with an overall reason why crazy stuff is happening in the dungeon. Which is better than just a dungeon crawl where there's no overall reason for the whole thing, but I'm not that into dungeon crawls. Lot of empty rooms and a lot of rooms that don't really add to the story. Lots of traps.

The art was nice, though the cover art is kind of ridiculous.
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ragwaine | Dec 31, 2023 |
This is my 3rd D&D player's handbook and I really like how they've gone back to a more traditional feel to the game while still allowing for (and giving support to) DMs and Players who are used to the miniatures and tiles based play of 4th edition. I'm excited to start DMing under 5e in the coming weeks.
boredwillow | 5 other reviews | Mar 4, 2023 |
Much improved from the previous editions. Much easier to deal with!
melsmarsh | 5 other reviews | Oct 25, 2022 |
A very interesting campaign take that includes the original tomb of horrors. I found this to be evocative, although it is very grisly and dark.
quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |



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