Apparently, we haven’t done much blogging about Dungeons & Dragons around here. Forgive the oversight! We cast a pretty broad net on this site trying to cover all the geek interests. Also, the pestilence upon this land (AKA COVID) has put a bit of a curse upon gatherings of nerds around gaming tables, which makes us hesitate to raise the subject now.
But perhaps you have a tight circle of friends still getting together on weekends, all of you confident in your Constitution stats. What’s new in the D&D hobbyist community?
Dungeons And Dragons Dice Pouch
This handy Bag of Holding is labeled in a theatrical Stranger Things font, made with a waterproof lining so your gear doesn’t sop up that spilled can of Monster energy drink. Roomy bag for dice, miniatures, counters, and assorted trinkets of gaming. You can also get rid of your old Crown Royal bag and donate it to the nearest MTG player.
All 104 beast forms from the D&D 5e ruleset, printed out on handy table-friendly cards and indexed in a carrying case. Whether your shape-shifting druid needs a refresher on Giant Owl shapes or needs to be convinced that a Killer Whale, while impressive, just isn’t going to be that much help in a dungeon, these cards make a handy reference and marker for your current beast form. Includes the elementals, in case your druid always goes for those.
Just starting out in D&D? Or have you been piecing your way through with Legos or something? Anyway, you need a full D&D dungeon set, a one-stop instant dungeon set-up! Sure, it cost the better part of a Franklin, but you get a modular set that can be built into many custom maps, with double-sided tiles that flip over for dungeon here and swamp there, doors, pillars, and more! Not only will this get you through D&D, but it also works for Pathfinder, Harnmaster, and other games of this category. This is handmade stuff and they customize orders, so you’ll be all set after this!
For those of us with memory issues (raises hand), markers help out a lot. This 60 piece set is composed of ring markers to fit around standard figure bases sizes, marking all the conditions a character can be affected by – stunned, invisible, poisoned, petrified, and so on. They come unpainted, but you get to customize them that way, perhaps in bright colors so they stand out on a crowded, busy map. Each status marker comes four each, so if you have a party of five or more and managed to get them all poisoned, we’re going to have to ask you how you even managed that.
You all meet at the inn… At least now you do when you have a handsome tabletop miniature tavern. This 3-piece stackable functions as your adventure town headquarters, where you have to start missions by chatting up the bosomy barmaids or bribe the halfling to share that crucial clue that lets you complete your quest. And for God’s sake, somebody make sure the Bard stays reasonably sober this time!
This is a handy general-purpose set of miniature items for all your D&D adventuring needs! The set comes unpainted and includes an assortment of chests, crates, barrels, coffins, skeletons, and random assorted junk. You’ve got everything you need to set up some atmospheric clutter on your map, or you can make these part of the story. It’s the kind of general-purpose prop set every DM could use.
There are many DM screens out there, getting pretty fancy with solid wood materials and elaborate designs. We noticed they tend to get on the pricey side too, so we found this bargain DM screen which you can customize with your name. It includes some magnets for pinning up maps, notes, and such, and provides enough room to run a decent campaign. Decorated to provide just enough atmosphere without being pretentious about it. It’s also lightweight and folds up for backpack-sized storage.
Listen, Dungeon Masters have a thirsty job. All that talking, it wears you down! Keep a flagon of tasty ale at hand to ward off your parched thirst, with this stylish mug. Even away from the gaming table, it’s an authentic stein for cold beverages of any description. You can get it engraved with your name, too, so the thieves know to keep their crusty mitts off it.
Dungeons & Dragons is a game all about imagination, so we like to find items that have a broad range of uses. These are small, decorative bottles which contain herbs, scrolls, sands, flowers, and other bits of natural flotsam. They can be used to represent potions, spells, enchanted trinkets, and general hodgepodge apothecary. They can even fit into other tabletop games or a LARP session, or anywhere else you can create a story based on arcane alchemical whimsey.
Here again is a general-purpose unpainted figure set. If you’re new to the game, this is a nice starter kit with standard tabletop miniature figure archetypes. If you’re a veteran player, this is a booster kit to fill in your collection, giving you that extra Dwarf Warrior or Dunedin Wizard stand-in when you couldn’t be bothered to get the specific exact character.
Thanks for joining us on our introductory D&D post. Don’t think for a minute that this game is going away! D&D existed long before Hasbro ever got hold of it, and has withstood much more than a pandemic. Dungeons and Dragons was even based on tabletop precursors, with the tradition of miniature wargaming going back a couple of centuries!
D&D is still going strong in its niche community, but it does seem to make less noise than other geek pastimes, so it feels like it’s not on the radar unless a new book comes out, or you’re following a dedicated forum. But as long as we have tables and imaginations, we’ll be playing tabletop miniature RPGs in one form or another!