Players are encouraged to have some kind of background developed for their Characters. Sarkrid’s Reach will permits for the optional backgrounds detailed in the PHB2 as well as the backgrounds detailed in Dragon 366. The DM reserves the right to disallow a character background if he feels it is inappropriate.
The DM has access to this material, so player purchase of the title is not necessary.
Players are encouraged to speak with the DM about realizing unique backgrounds. The DM will work with the players to establish the benefit of their character background if a player decides to go this route.