We will be looking at the best D&D campaigns for both beginners and experienced players. We chose Dungeon Master's Guide as our highest pick thanks to the freedom it gives to the DM and the limitless challenges you can face. Read more about it here.

Best D&D Campaign for Dungeon Masters: Dungeon Master’s Guide

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Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide (Core Rulebook, D&D Roleplaying Game)
  • Product is for use in the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game
  • Product Number: WOC A92190000
  • Models and games are supplied unpainted and may require assembly or preparation before play
  • Any scenery, paint, or glue is not included.
  • Hardcover Book

Dungeon Master’s Guide is considered as the last core book released for 5e back in 2015. A lot of people were unsure of the book because of the leaked changes in 5e but apparently, it works naturally in the whole meta. This 300-page book covers a variety of topics for DMs to go with. If you are a core player-only type, then this book isn’t for you. However, it is coined as an essential book for any D&D fan thanks to the “Master of” sections that are great for anybody wants to try becoming a DM and a plethora of choices for DM mains.  

Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide (Core Rulebook, D&D Roleplaying Game)

Pro:

  • Lots of variety
  • Great for DM beginners and experienced DMs
  • Full of details

Con

  • Not for player-only players
  • May be unnecessary for anyone who barely plays DM
  • Not a good starting point for D&D newbies

Best Well-Rounded D&D Campaign: Xanathar’s Guide to Everything

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Xanathar's Guide to Everything (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Explore a wealth of new rules options for both players and Dungeon Masters in this supplement for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wizards RPG Team (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 11/21/2017 (Publication Date) - Wizards of the Coast (Publisher)

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything is considered one of the most content-rich campaigns ever made for D&D. It also boasts as one of the most surreal cover pages for the franchise and 192 pages of amazing classes and worlds to explore. It includes over 12 classes with a total of 31 subclasses which are all useful for any fight and great replayability potential. It also includes Dungeon Master’s Tools which have something for both beginner and experienced DMs. Wizards of the Coast – the producer of the book – took 3 years to perfect this masterpiece. It also became one of the best-selling D&D books of all time.

Xanathar's Guide to Everything (Dungeons & Dragons)

Pro

  • Lots of classes with subclasses
  • Rich content
  • Has a lot of options for DMs

Con

  • Newbies may feel overwhelmed
  • DM chapter can be too complicated for newbies
  • Not exactly the best starting point for noobs

Best D&D Campaign for NPC Knowledge: Monster Manual

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Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual (Core Rulebook, D&D Roleplaying Game)
  • Product is for use in the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game
  • Product Number: WOC A92180000
  • Models and games are supplied unpainted and may require assembly or preparation before play
  • Any scenery, paint, or glue is not included.
  • Hardcover Book

Here’s something for hunters of the game. Monster Manual is considered one of the most essential books in 5e since it is relevant for multiple campaigns. It is the most complete collection of both enemy and friendly creatures with thorough details described on each NPC. The layout artwork of the book is quite more fluid than its previous editions and the stat blocks are easy to scan through. The splash art of every person and creature in the book is amazing, each brimming with details and life. It also points out new rules for you to get in touch when it comes to the game.

Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual (Core Rulebook, D&D Roleplaying Game)

Pro

  • Creative layout
  • Complete guide to NPCs
  • Amazing visuals

Con

  • May be too much for newbies
  • No index
  • Barely any cons

Alternative D&D Campaigns

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Volo's Guide to Monsters (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Product is for use in the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game
  • Product Number: WOC B86820000
  • Models and games are supplied unpainted and may require assembly or preparation before play
  • Any scenery, paint, or glue is not included.
  • Hardcover Book

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D&D MORDENKAINEN'S TOME OF FOES (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Discover the truth about the great conflicts of the D&D multiverse in this supplement for the world's greatest roleplaying game.
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wizards RPG Team (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 05/29/2018 (Publication Date) - Wizards of the Coast (Publisher)

What Would I Buy?

For real though, all these books are good to buy and there are barely any flaws. But if you want a personal pick, we choose Dungeon Master’s Guide for all DMs out there and the potential to expand the lore. But that doesn’t mean Xanathar’s Guide to Everything and Monster Manual are any less better.

FAQs

How many people should be in a D&D party?

It can go from 1 to 12 players or even more should you wish. But, the most ideal number is 4 to 5 players with one being the DM.

What books do I need to play Dungeons and Dragons?

The books you see above here are already good as a starting point. There is really no specific starting point for D&D other than getting the essential books first.

Can I play D&D alone?

You can, but that would mean you are the player and the DM. It is at its best with up to 4 players in a session.

Can you be a DM and a player?

Only if you are a solo player, sure. But with a party, you can only either be the DM or the player.

How do you DM for beginners?

You just create the world for everyone. Just read the essential books and you’ll be fine.