|A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara|
|Author(s)||Doug Beyer and Jenna Helland|
|First printing||September 2, 2008|
A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara is the first installment in the Planeswalker's Guide series. It was published September 2, 2008.
The guide is written in an in-universe style. While its content is canon, the book itself does not exist in the Multiverse.
|“||You are a planeswalker, one of the most powerful mages in the multiverse. Countless planes of existence are yours to master. Now you have arrived on the fractured plane of Alara. Where do you begin? You begin with this lavishly illustrated guide that brings the Shards of Alara to life and gives MAGIC: THE GATHERING fans a look behind the scenes with concept art and insider information available nowhere else.The Planeswalker Guides will feature full-color illustrations drawn from early concept art and final card art to bring the worlds of MAGIC: THE GATHERING to life.||”|
The guide begins with an introduction and a brief overview of Alara and the five Shards it split into. Then each plane is described in detail in its own section. Finally, there is a section about the planeswalkers residing on Alara.
- Doug Beyer (June 4, 2008). "Planeswalkers and the Written Page". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana (September 11, 2008). "A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.