What accessories do you need for D&D?

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What accessories do you need for D&D? In this article, I’m going to outline the seven basic RPG accessories you need to play first-rate D&D games. While not exhaustive, this list will cover all the basics you need to enjoy your fantasy tabletop RPG campaign whether you’re a player or dungeon master.

DICE:

You can’t play D&D (or most other RPGs for that matter) without dice. If you’re new to D&D, you’ll want to start with a minimum set with one of each die – d4, d6, d8, d10, d12, and d20. You’ll likely want extra d6 and at least a couple d10 that are colored differently so you can do d100 lists. The good news is that these days, in 2022, you can find a wide variety of really nice dice in a variety of colors and materials. Look for dice with nice color, inked numbers, and good weight. If you want to go the extra mile, you can get sets specialized for your character class like bard dice sets or other sets designed for specific character classes.

PENCILS:

You want to have pencils rather than pens in most cases as you’ll likely be erasing and changing information on your character sheet. If you need to make notes and take notes, erasable pens are a great accessory to have if you’re using miniatures and a battle map. Just make sure you get erasable and not permanent markers! If you’re the DM, you’ll likely want to bring extra pencils and/or pens as there might be times that your players don’t show up completely prepared.

CHARACTER SHEETS:

You need a character sheet for each of your characters in D&D. D&D character sheets are the shorthand for all the necessary info about your character. Character sheets are printed with areas for your character’s name and class and have most of the various attributes and abilities your character has, including hit points, armor class, and various combat abilities. Look for a character sheet that matches the edition of D&D you’re playing. One thing that’s not required but can be really useful on your character sheet is a D&D character backstory!

MINIATURES:

Miniatures are used to represent the creatures and characters that are in the game, but they’re also useful to help keep track of the relative positions of characters on a battlefield. Miniatures can be used in conjunction with a battle map or a grid map or can be used without a map to represent the relative positions of your characters.

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Many RPGs, including the 5th edition of D&D, use miniatures as part of the game itself. If you go this route, you’ll want to get a set of D&D miniatures that match your character as close as possible. Or, if you’re the DM, you’ll want to make sure you have the monsters the party will encounter.


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RULE BOOKS

If you’re a player, you’ll want the Player’s Guide, and if you’re the DM, you’ll want the Dungeon Master’s Guide. It’s not uncommon for players to have a full set of the core books – Players Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, Monster Manual, and the various supplemental books you might have. While not required, you might also want to have a copy of the Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide on hand in case you need to make an in-game check to determine your character’s abilities.

NOTEPADS:

You’ll want a notepad to take notes and make notes during the game. Even as the DM, it’s a good idea to have a notepad on hand to take notes on events as they happen. If you’re really hardcore, you can even use a tape recorder to take notes and make play audio recordings of the game session.

WATER:

Hydration is key to a good game of D&D, especially in summer. D&D is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you’re not properly hydrated, you’re going to find yourself prone to headaches, dry mouth, and general discomfort. The best option is to carry a water bottle with you and drink as needed, but it’s also a good idea to have a small cooler with ice and a few bottles of water handy in case the game lasts longer than anticipated.

Best D&D Accessories
Best D&D Accessories

In my next article, I’ll discuss five more accessories that are useful to have in your D&D game. Part 2 will cover terrain and miniatures, campaign settings, campaign journals, and combat markers. If you have an accessory you think I missed, let me know in the comments or send me a message on Twitter @litrpgforum or on Facebook.

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