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Ptolus: Monte Cook's City by the Spire

A full-color illustrated fantasy city sourcebook

Either in print or in PDF, Ptolus is the most deluxe and useful roleplaying product ever produced. This landmark fantasy setting offers an in-depth treatment of hundreds of city locales and characters straight from the 3rd Edition playtest campaign of Monte Cook, one of the system's designers. Inside these pages you'll find more than 350 fabulous illustrations and over 100 color maps, with new rules elegantly integrated with the d20 core rules. Ptolus was designed to offer optimum content and usability, with extensive cross referencing to help you navigate its pages with ease. This Big Book comes packed with enough source material and adventures to stand up to years of play and take a group of adventurers from level 1 all the way to level 20.

This high quality gaming resource offers more than 800 pages of source and adventure material from one of the industry's greatest designers: Monte Cook, codesigner of 3rd Edition D&D and author of the Dungeon Master's Guide. A fantasy city built above extensive dungeons beside the Spire of an ancient foe, Ptolus is a self-contained campaign -- or insert it into your home setting, if you prefer. Its unique design makes it the most DM-friendly book on your virtual bookshelf. 

Ptolus was created by one of the architects of 3rd Edition for the gaming professionals in his group. Now you can make it yours!

The PDF version of Ptolus includes the Ptolus main book (671 pages) plus an expanded table of contents, search index, maps, map tiles and other goodies that expand it to an 808 page PDF. You also receive a host of supplemental titles, or digital extras, including The Banewarrens, Chaositech, The Night of Dissolution, Map Keys, two Campaign Journals, and more.

The print edition of Ptolus is full color, hardcover book. You will also receive the digital extras mentioned above for download. The premium edition is printed on a thicker paper stock and uses a different color printing press than the standard edition.

The full PDF + Print bundle contains everything: the PDF of the main book, the digital extras, and the printed hardcover.

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wade G March 27, 2024 11:54 pm UTC
A huge city with a very, very small port and only one entry into the city? ????
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Shane M January 24, 2023 5:39 pm UTC
Is this book system neutral?
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Sandro O September 17, 2021 8:49 pm UTC
$60 for ebook??!! What's going on guys??
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David M October 07, 2020 11:51 pm UTC
"Multiple File Formats" seems pretty vague, but I suppose it's safe to assume that includes PDF. Still, 60 bucks for an e-book seems bloody outrageous.
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DENNIS H July 19, 2018 1:35 pm UTC
Greetings fellow gamers. My printed copy of this book just arrived. This was my first print on demand purchase and it arrived in about two weeks.
This is a impressive tome, definitely recommend this to Ptolus fans. The only sad thing is no city poster map or pdf of one.
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Wendy G January 17, 2020 7:23 pm UTC
Which version and what's the print quality?
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Benjamin B July 05, 2017 2:58 am UTC
I know someone with a Ptolus PDF that is cross-linked (right term?). The marginal references are linked to the referenced content. Am I missing something? Or is his (presumably) dishonest PDF more useful than my costly one? :/ I bought Ptolus in print at launch, so dropping another $60 for a PDF was no small thing. This is somewhat disappointing, but it's nice to have it in electronic form (and to be honest about acquiring it).
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Adam C September 13, 2016 2:20 am UTC
No PDF option?
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Erik H September 16, 2015 5:43 pm UTC
On Monte's web site ( he says:
"You can get it in Premium and Standard versions, which basically just dictates the print quality. Standard is fine, but Premium really shows off the art and the color."
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Renan M. R July 04, 2015 8:06 pm UTC
O would be interested in knowing the print quality of standard and premium. The difference between each other. If the standard version is like 'normal' print of rpg books.
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Yves F September 11, 2015 10:06 pm UTC
Just curious to know the overall print quality of the standard or prenium...
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Clinton M January 27, 2015 4:23 am UTC
I also would be interested in knowing the print quality and if the additional materials like the map and cd are included. Has anyone purchased one and found out?
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Leslie W August 25, 2014 3:48 pm UTC
How does the hardcover premium compare to the original printing? Are there notable differences? The original book was so beautiful... Also - does the premium hard cover include any of the additional materials (CD and map) that came with the first printing?
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November 03, 2013
This title was added to our catalog on February 22, 2007.