All characters must start at first level, unless otherwise specified by a valid Wanderers Guild source.
In order to utilize a particular game resource, players should have access to that resource, either via a physical book or an unlocked copy on D&D Beyond. Being a shared framework played in local game stores, it is anticipated that players will help to support their local game stores by purchasing physical books. However, players are not expected to show proof of ownership, nor is it necessary to bring every book to every game session.
Participants in the Wanderers Guild are expected to respect the intellectual property rights of Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) and individual authors published on the DMs Guild. Under no circumstances are illegal electronic copies of books acceptable for use. The core rulebooks for D&D 5th edition have never been made available in PDF format.