Wednesday, October 14, 2015

D&D 5E Player Reference Sheets Update

I’ve been running D&D 5E almost twice a week since its release last year.  It’s just the nature of writing that when I write my material will come from whatever I’m most interested in at the time.  In this case, it’s D&D 5E. 

With that being said, my Player Reference Sheets have been very popular for players and DMs. That post remains one of the most popular on my blog.  I’ve used those sheets constantly and many of my players refer to them whenever we play. 

I recently had a chance to read back through those sheets, and I found several areas where they could be improved.  I’ve revised them to make the wording clearer and the information stand out more on the page.  I hope you like these improvements.

Also, I would like to thank Mark Merida for taking the time to add page numbers for the D&D 5E Basic Rules to my Player Reference Sheets.  Thanks to his work, I can now offer two versions.  One has the page numbers for the Player’s Handbook and another includes the page numbers for the Player’s Handbook and free Basic Rules (found here). 

If you have any suggestion for improving my Player Reference Sheets, please leave a comment below or contact me via email.  I would love to read your feedback and criticism. 


  1. You are awesome. Anyway I could get ahold of an editable copy of this?

    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad that you enjoy them. I've been a bit reticent to give out the .docx files because of all the work I've put into them. Transcribing and then laying these out was a bit of a struggle. I will consider sending you a copy though. Shoot me an email

  2. Awesome, saving this page for when I DM

  3. Awesome job.. haven't read thru it all... but noticed some minor thing re: surprise and reactions. Note: a round is 6 seconds wherein everyone gets a turn. (turn = individual, round = group of turns)
    Your pdf:
    Surprise (PHB pg 189)
    Characters that are surprised cannot move or take an action on their first round
    of combat.
    Characters and creatures cannot take a Reaction until that the surprise round

    Reaction (PHB pg 190)
    You may take only one reaction between each of your turns.
    If the reaction interrupts another creature’s turn, the creature continues its turn
    after the reaction concludes.
    Surprise first:
    If you’re surprised, you can’t move or take an action
    on your first turn of the combat, and you can’t take a
    reaction until that turn ends. (PHB pg189)... so if something causes you to move after your turn, you can (dunno what that would be)... but more importantly, you would get reactions (attack of opportunity, for instance, for someone leaving your threatened area), if the enemy triggered them after your turn had finished in the surprise round initiative queue.
    Reaction: A character gets one per round, which can take place either on their own turn, or during someone else's turn.
    (PHB pg 190) A reaction is an instant response to a trigger of some kind, which
    can occur on your turn or on someone else’s.

  4. I was making similar quick reference sheets for personal use... but I think I'm going to steal these too. Inspiration token for you!

    1. Please, help yourself! And thank you for the inspiration!

  5. Thank you so much for this! I was about to working making one of these but I thought to myself "lemme see what google gives me" and BOOM! this. I just didn't expect it to be this through and it's much better than anything i would have created. I'm printing one for everyone at my table!

  6. Sorry, but is is inexact to the point of being unhelpful. A few examples where you need to use more exact rules language:
    - move both before and after action
    - you don't get a bonus action unless an ability gives it to you
    - you don't take your reaction on your turn
    - when surprised, you can't take your action or move on your first turn (not round)
    - no such thing as a "surprise round"; if surprised you can't take reaction on first round of combat.