It’s no shock that the writers here love traditional tabletop role-playing games as much as we love the ones we play on our consoles and PCs. Dungeons and Dragons is the first RPG and is arguably the greatest. With the interest generated by real play streams like Critical Role and The Adventure Zone, there’s never been a better time to start your adventure. These accessories make that easier.
Hestya 7 pieces metal dice set
These are the essential accessory that any player is judged on: their dice. There are plenty of cheaper plastic sets available, but metal dice have that satisfying heft and feel good hitting the table. These metal dice come in a cornucopia of colors for both the metal and the inset coloring, allowing you to find the perfect set easily.
fox tower dice tower
Dice towers are built to guarantee the randomization of your dice and to keep them from rolling off the table. This dice tower cleverly folds up and breaks down for easy storage or portability. It comes unpainted, but the plastic can be redesigned with acrylic hobby paints quite easily.
Bag of holding
Enhance tabletop RPG adventurer’s bag
If you’re going to play at someone else’s house or you’re going to a gaming convention, you’ll want to keep your scrolls and potions organized, so to speak. The Enhance Adventurer’s Bag will carry all your needed books, tabletop figures, dice, snacks, and anything else you might need to slay any dragon. It even includes loops to bring a rolled-up battle mat.
Set the scene
Giant book of battle mats
It’s the eternal dungeon master problem. Your players will start a fight just about anywhere, leaving you scrambling for a dry erase marker to make a map from scratch. The Giant Book of Battle Mats fixes that problem by having 62 different maps on which your players can play. It’s laminated for use with dry-erase markers, and it’s spiral bound to lay flat no matter what.
Dungeons & dragons arcane spell reference cards
These cards take the spell rules and put them at your fingertips. Remembering each spell’s rules can be a hassle, but these cards list all the relevant 5th Edition rules, like casting time, range, and damage. You can even put them in 9-pocket card binder to better organize your character’s spellbook.
RPG grid paper composition book
As wonderful as the devices we all use are, sometimes you just want to put pencil to paper and make a map or two. As a DM, these notebooks are what you need to graph out those killer dungeons your players will grind through. And as a player, you’ll need these to make your own maps so you can escape those same deathtraps! These are the original world builder tools, and they are a great way to stoke creativity in an unplugged way.
Hexers gamer master screen
As a Dungeon Master, you always want to keep your players guessing. Screens help add drama by hiding your notes, your rolls, and hidden monster figures. The Hexers screen has pockets on both sides to swap out rules, reference sheets, and artwork for the front, making it useful for more than just D&D.
Tabletop role-playing has been a part of our culture for over 40 years now. People of any background are finding welcome seats at the table, and for a few hours, they get to be anyone they want to be. They can be a brave adventurer, a hardened mercenary, a dastardly villain, or anything in between. D&D is seeing a renaissance with its best selling edition in decades. Everywhere you go, you see it in movies, TV shows, comics, and on streaming services. It’s been in everything from Stranger Things to She Ra. That’s why now is the best time to pick up your dice and throw down.
Of course, we recommend those dice be the Hestya 7 Pieces Metal Dice Set. All gamers love their dice, and we think these are some of the best out there, both in terms of your color choices, as well as their heft. We also recommend keeping organized to improve your game, and to that end, the Enhance Adventurer’s Bag will do the trick. Whatever you do, we also recommend checking out DNDBeyond.com. It’s a character creator, rules archive, and campaign tracker all in one. It’s certainly helped me with my latest campaign and is free if you only have six characters.