The first big expansion book for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, has broken multiple records within the series and is now officially the fastest selling D&D book in the series’ long history. In order to fully appreciate the gravity of that first sentence, I must point out that D&D books have been in print for 43 years, since 1974. So that means that the big ol’ beholder on the front cover isn’t any kind of deterrent – D&D’s still got it, baby! As broken down by the source article from DDO Players website:
- The Wall Street Journal: #1 nonfiction
- Publisher’s Weekly: #1 hardcover nonfiction
- USA Today: #12 on the list of top 150 best-selling books (all genres)
- Amazon: #12 nonfiction
I feel this also speaks to the popularity of the 5th edition of D &D. Xanathar’s isn’t a stand-alone product, after-all, it’s a supplement that requires the base system to play and works with all of the streamlined rules that came with it. In it’s own way, I’m glad to see that as well because 5th edition’s changes from 3.5 and 4th are very welcome and intuitive and this just reinforces the work that went into it and I expect we’ll see it grow with this kind of acceptance and support. If you haven’t seen the new edition yet and you’ve read this far, maybe now’s the time to check it out while this thing is flying off the shelves, relatively speaking.