Saturday, February 21, 2015

D&D 5E Player Reference Sheets

UPDATE:  I have added a new version of the D&D Player Reference Sheets.  Information on the changes can be found here

UPDATE 2:  Once more I have updated my D&D Player Reference Sheets and the new version can be found here.  Information about the changes can be found in this blog post.

            Ever since D&D 3.0 I have been a huge fan of player reference sheets, a couple of sheets of paper that summarize the rules for players and game masters.   Those few sheets of paper at the table save so much time wasted on looking up the basic rules of the system.  How many times has a combat stopped because the player or DM needed to look up the grappling rules or whether disarming an opponent provokes an attack of opportunity?  These sheets were never meant to replace a rulebook, but instead, they offer a quick reference of the rules as well as the page numbers for those rules if further clarification is necessary. 
            I’m currently running a D&D 5E game and I love the system.  It was only a matter of time before I got around to writing and posting a player reference sheet for the system.  Of course, these rules are owned by Wizards of the Coast.  No copyright infringement is intended, blah, blah blah.   These rules are not a substitute for the book or the basic rules PDF that is available to download for free here and a web viewable version here.  
            These Player Reference Sheets (Download here or click the Resources Player & Storyteller Tab above)   include rules on Advantage, Disadvantage, Actions in Combat, Combat rules, rules on Death & Dying, and a list of Conditions.  Basically, I’ve included any information that is regularly referenced during play.
I’ve already posted several player reference sheets on this blog, including one for Vampire:  The Masquerade 20thAnniversary Edition and WotC’s Star Wars Revised System.  However, I’ve never discussed how I intended for players to use them.  I don’t think that my intent is all that important, but it’s a chance to show off a bit.  Below are images of my girlfriend’s D&D 5E character sheet in a binder that I made for her which includes an image of her character, character sheet, and reference sheets.  I would show off one of my own characters, but I haven’t played a character yet.  
Character Image
Turn the page and you have her character sheet & spell list

Turn the page and she has a reference sheet for combat rules
Turn the next page, and she has reference sheets for other rules and Conditions
   Next, I’ll be adding some pre-generated PCs for Vampire:  The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition, finally putting together the second VtM player reference sheet, and a player reference sheet for Werewolf:  The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition.  These aren’t high priority items, but I hope to have them all finished within the next few months. 
  If you find any errors, omissions, typos, or poor wording, please let me know via email or a comment below so that I can update these sheets.   I’d also love to hear from you if you’ve used these in your games!  As always you can follow me on Google+ or Twitter by clicking the links on the right.  


  1. Just sent the link to some of my players. We'll see what they say. It looks good, though. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I hope they enjoy them! Congrats on being my 200th Commenter!

    2. Lucky me! I win a free pdf of the Player Ref Sheet.

  2. Great stuff! I will definitely be using the VtM 20th sheet for my upcoming game. I was wondering if you had considered one for Pathfinder?

  3. I hope you will do 20th ed werewolf as well!! I am glad I found your site!

  4. Thanks so much! Yes, I'll be working on the W20 reference sheet in the near future. I don't know about Pathfinder yet. I don't play that much, but I will consider it. It usually takes me about a week to put one of these together and format it to fit on a few pages.

  5. Thanks for making and sharing these! I'm really looking forward to using them in my game today. I expect them to really keep things moving along.

    Since you asked for corrections - under Disengage, the word "prove" should be "provoke."

  6. I will check with time. I am running D&D 5th and V20, so this are gret things. I printed the basics, and one of my birthday presents was the Monster Manuals, so I can rock like DM right now jajajaja.

  7. I've already started a Word File with the list of changes that I want to make. Expect an update in the near future!

  8. Excellent sheet and I love the binder idea for the players. I may have to see if I can convince mine to go that route. Thanks for the post and the sheets!!!

  9. This looks great! Inspired our own binders. Thank you!