Top 10 Best DnD Accessories of 2022

The beauty of just focusing on the basics of D&D has always been the simplicity of just using paper, a pencil, and dice. However, with the rise in popularity of DnD, a plethora of accessories have been released to make the game more immersive and enjoyable for everyone. 

As far as managing your game and boosting the confidence at the table is concerned, these accessories are my favorite (and prevent the avoidable slip-ups from happening).

Honorable mentions include dice towers, custom DM screens (the DM screen Reincarnated is a must), dungeon tiles, or tokens to mark status effects on minis.

Here are the Top 10 DnD Accessories to make your Dungeons and Dragons experience more enjoyable.

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10. Exquisite Dice

Exquisite Dice

Would you prefer a fresh batch of mouthwatering fruit or a ton of beautiful dice?

It’s not uncommon for people to believe in dice luck. It’s not uncommon for me to waste good rolls, have a die that rolls bad more often, or have someone rub bad luck off on my dice. There’s only one way to solve this: stack up on some good dice.

There are dice out there that are crafted like artwork. Metal dice, granite dice, dice made from bone or meteorites, dice crafted from beautiful wood and laser-etched by a master craftsman. My mouth is watering.

You might not need them to play the game, but they are not the top priority on the accessory list, but if you can afford it, I don’t mind you buying them.

What Makes MasterCraft Dice Awesome?

  • You can invest more in your game when you have them.
  • It is pleasant to look at and hold them.
  • There is dice juju (dice juju is real) and you can trade out dice when the other dice are rolling badly.
  • With their dice, you get a sense of immersion

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9. Critical Fail Deck

Critical Fail Deck

These bad boys add hilarity to combat. Insert sunglasses and get ready for hilarity.

Usually, there is a house rule about critical hits in my home games, and from what I have experienced in most others. When a player rolls a critical hit or a natural 20, they get a double dice, whether that means rolling double the dice or rolling the same number of dice and doubling the result. It is, however, disappointing to celebrate a critical hit and then roll 1s on your crit damage afterward.

A DM can homebrew critical hits to keep them satisfying in many ways, but one of the most popular is the max + roll rule. In this rule, players take the maximum damage they can roll and add that to the max roll. WAY more satisfying. However, if you’re a conniving DM like me, you want to balance your critical hits against epic failures.

There is a multitude of critical fumble tables you can roll on or effects you can look up, but my personal favorite is the DnD Critical Fail Deck. When you roll a natural 1 in combat, just take a card and read the effect corresponding to the type of attack you’re making, whether it’s a melee weapon, a ranged weapon, fists, or magic, and enjoy the chaos that follows.

What Makes Critical Fail Decks Awesome?

  • Combat with them is filled with hilarious, memorable moments.
  • A stronger critical hit homebrew balances a weaker one.
  • The feeling of pulling a deck of cards to discover your fate is oddly satisfying. (Is this what Tarot Reading is all about?)
  • It’s easy to implement and adds a lot more to the story than saying “you miss but really bad”.

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8. Recording Microphone

Recording Microphone

You can hide your forgetfulness by using the best organization tool on the market!

Taking notes has never been my strong suit. Even when I was in school, my notes were often incomprehensible. This is why you should invest in a good microphone. 

During a session, I sometimes make up names or situations. I could make up someone’s entire backstory on the spot, but when the players come back to it, they will have forgotten everything I said because I did not make time to write it down in the flow of the story. If you have a good microphone, you can make up anything you wish, and then you can listen back through the session at your leisure to take notes at your leisure without interrupting the flow.

There are a variety of microphones available, but I would recommend that your players buy a $15-$20 mic from Amazon and plug it into their phones. Sync up the audio by having everyone clap at the same time before starting the game, so they can send in their audio later and it can easily be mashed together, or you can purchase a cheaper condenser microphone like the Yeti Snowball for around $100, but it will pick up ambient background noise, so it might not be as high quality. 

You’ll need more professional audio equipment if you plan to post these recordings anywhere, but for note-taking, these are great! 

What Makes a Recording Microphone Awesome?

  • Organization within the game becomes a lot stronger.
  • It is much easier to remember information that occurs during a game, perhaps hearing details you did not hear at the table.
  • Learn to make up details quickly, knowing that you can note them down later.
  • You can record your mixtape and sell it for cash money.
  • Listen back to recall great memories made with your friends.

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7. Dice Tray

Dice Tray

It’s hard not to love the beautiful Dice Tray. Rolling in a dice tray just makes you feel more like a D&D player. Sure, you could roll on the table, but you may end up rolling across the table, in someone else’s lap, or bouncing off the floor. You can bounce your dice off the inside walls of a dice tray much more easily, and they will land much more softly.

From the inexpensive fold out felt trays to the exquisitely crafted Wyrmwood dice trays, there are many types of dice trays out there. Alternatively, you can roll in the top of a box like I did for a while. Whatever you do, rolling in a dice tray will make rolling dice that much more enjoyable.

What Makes a Dice Tray Awesome?

  • The sound made by the dice when they bounce off the tray walls or against the cushion.
  • You’ll never have to hunt for lost dice by keeping them near the table.
  • At the table, you may appear professional or more nerdy.
  • D4-D20 dice are organized for quick accessibility.

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6. Combat Tiers

Combat Tiers

The spiders are up there! Run, run, run! If I saw them, I’d be flying straight up too!

They are really fancy! I first saw them on Critical Role when Matt Mercer used them to show combat that extended to flying or levitating above the battlefield. My only option until now to show elevation in combat was to place a dice under my miniature with a number showing how high I was above the ground.

A better way to represent elevated combat than miniatures on dice, these clear plates have laser-etched squares to allow for easy navigation. They’re stable, quick, and easy to use.

You need these if your players have easy access to flying and you’re using a battle mat.

What Makes Combat Tiers Awesome?

  • The character’s height can be accurately represented without remembering how high he or she is.
  • Make sure to keep track of combat positioning. Avoid the situation where you can’t reach him because he’s up in the air.
  • Bring your games to the next level! Huuuuhhh Huuuhhhh how about that?
  • It happens a lot more often than you think, miniatures falling off of dice and forgetting what elevation they’re at.

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5. Miniatures

Miniatures

It could be the beginning of your new addiction, or maybe you can control yourself, eh huh…

A DM can become quite addicted to the Miniatures rabbit hole, players have it a bit easier, since they can make their character in a program like Hero Forge, then have it shipped to them, but that’s not the case for players.

It can be amazing for immersion to see physical representations of the creatures within the pages of the monster manual or terrifying for your players to see them. It’s a good idea to buy a small box of miniatures at a time if you’re trying to build a miniature army. Use your latest box and make a rule for yourself to use the miniatures from your newest set to inform your group’s adventures.

As a result, you already have the miniature you need for the creatures you’re imagining in the dungeon, and you didn’t have to pay premium prices by ordering the exact miniature online and having it shipped.

The best way to represent your monsters when you’re strapped for cash or do not have space for your miniatures is to use candy, such as Skittles or M&Ms. By doing this, your players can eat candy when they defeat a monster. DM brownie points.

What Makes Miniatures Awesome?

  • Having a physical representation of your character or monster will further immerse you in the game.
  • Knowing which character or creature is which in the chaos of combat will be easy.
  • You won’t have to rely on memory or “theatre of the mind” to keep track of a character’s movements.

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4. Battle Mat

Battle Mat

This bad boy will let you answer your players’ questions by motioning to the map rather than having to explain the scene all the time.

When the DM says “Roll Initiative,” it’s exhilarating to see a map that’s amazing. Using a Battle Mat is an easy and quick way to sketch out the battle zone without having to buy dungeon tiles or spend the time making them yourself. Using a mat, you can easily lay out the arena with a marker.

It’s easier to find dry-erase markers at your local stores than wet-erase markers, but be careful not to touch them too much because your map will start to disappear. If the players move their pieces around as they wish on a wet-erase mat, they will not mess the mat up, but markers are harder to find and you have to keep a damp rag nearby to adjust the map as needed.

It is possible, though, to find battle mats that come with pre-printed terrain like jungles, fields, deserts, and dungeons so that the players will feel more immersed when they draw on top of them instead of the plain yellow mat. It’s best to get all the waves out of your mat before playing, a wavy mat is the worst. 

What Makes a Battle Mat Awesome?

  • You can easily track combat or dungeons on the battlefield, as well as traps and hazards.
  • By knowing precisely what your character is facing, you can use every tactic efficiently and effectively in combat.
  • The use of “theatre of the mind” allows players to avoid having to check their characters’ positions or the position of their enemies every round.

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3. Clear Sheet Protectors with Dry-erase Markers

Clear Sheet Protectors with Dry-erase Markers

This is my favorite way to track changes to your character sheet these days. Previously, I used a regular paper character sheet, and whenever I needed to add something, I would write it in, and when I needed to change something or level up abilities or HP, I had to erase, ruining my character sheet with time. The plastic protection of a sheet protector allows you to make small adjustments to your character sheet without messing up your character sheet!

It is also possible to draw in circles for your spell slots or class abilities and bubble them in when used, then erase them when you have a long or short rest. 

What Makes Clear Sheet Protectors with Dry-erase Markers Awesome?

  • Maintain better organization of stat changes, such as gold, HP, status effects, or class resources.
  • Don’t ruin your friend’s character sheet by drawing on it.
  • The outside margins of your character sheet won’t be covered with math marks all over.

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2. Spell Book Cards (D&D Spell 5e app)

Spell Book Cards (D&D Spell 5e app)

The hardest part of DnD is spellcasting. You have to figure out what your spells do, their ranges, concentration, what kind of save to roll, and what damage to roll. In groups where you can play the same character for some time, Spell Book Cards are great, and you can just buy expansions when new spells come out. I’ve also come to love the D&D Spell 5e app.

It’s easy to use clear card sleeves and label the rows with spell levels, then put your cards in and even keep track of your slots (as in the method with sheet protectors and dry-erase markers). With something physical to look at, you can feel like you’re looking through a real wizard’s spellbook.

The D&D Spell 5e app has every spell in the game already downloaded into it and if anyone creates a homebrew spell, it can be added easily as well as adding new spells that the app hasn’t yet updated. If you have the app open while playing, you can see the exact effects of each spell by clicking on its name. Then, you can have the app open while playing, so you can have all of your spells assigned to that character. 

If you’re a DM with this app, you can use the search function to look up a spell that a player is trying to cast quickly and call for the appropriate save or clarify the components without having to stop play to ask the player what the spell is about. It’s a must for me, I don’t think I could DM without it.

What Makes Spell Book Cards or the D&D Spell 5e App Awesome?

  • There is too much to list. Let’s start by understanding your character’s spells.
  • Easily recall spell details without flipping through a book.
  • At your fingertips, you will find your prepared spells.
  • Make yourself a wizard.
  • Organize the game’s craziest part.

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1. Binder

Binder

You can display your character binder proudly on your first shelf in your house or you can hide it under the bed.

There are some people who prefer using notebooks to keep track of everything, but with a binder, you can easily place all the papers you need in sheet protectors and mark them as in number 3. Keep any printouts for the game, maps, or notes in loose-leaf paper.

In my home games, a binder is so essential that I give each player one before the campaign starts to keep track of all their things. You can easily separate notes, handouts, and character data by putting in dividers. DMs can use it to organize specifics such as city details (you might use a small binder for each city like I do), creatures, campaign notes, or tables.

What Makes a Binder Awesome?

  • Make sure you keep track of all the resources you need or all the handouts you collect over the course of a campaign.
  • Add new pages easily without ripping out existing ones.
  • Organize all your notes and character information so you can recall them easily.
  • It’s easy to take with you and the rings can also make it easier to carry other supplies, such as dice in a bag, pencils, dry-erase markers, pens, or minis.

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