8 D&D Accessories You’ll Need to Jump Start Your First Game Night


Dice, maps, and snacks. These are essential things you need for a successful D&D night. Keep reading to see a complete list of D&D accessories.


So, you’re interested in getting into Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), but you aren’t sure what kind of items you need before you can start playing. Well, like most tabletop games, D&D doesn’t require too many things in order to play.

In fact, we bet you have the majority of these items on this list somewhere in your home already! And the items you don’t have are only a quick trip to Wal-Mart away! That means you can get a game started in only a few minutes, which makes D&D that much easier to get into for newcomers.

So what kind of D&D accessories do you need to have in order to play the game for the first time? And are there any items you need to make sure you have more than others? We’ve got the answers to those questions, and more, in this article!

Now then, let’s get started!

1. Lots of Paper

One of the biggest pluses to playing a tabletop game like D&D is the fact that you don’t need many items to get started. And while some items are more important than others, it’s next to impossible to play the game without paper.

Now, don’t feel the need to get crazy about what kind of paper you need. Simple notebook paper, or blank printer paper, will more than get the job done.

2. A Few Pencils

Of course, if you have paper, you’re going to need something to write with, too. And while a traditional pen is certainly an option, we find it best to use a pencil instead, so you can erase any errors you may have along the way.

3. A D&D Rule Book

If there is one thing about D&D that players will argue about more than others, it’s the rules of the game. Things are bound to get intense eventually, and there will be arguments about the rules, which is why a rulebook is a must-have.

So be sure to pick up a standard D&D rulebook from a bookstore, or online, before getting started. Give yourself some time to learn those rules, too, so you can go to them without needing the book.

4. A 7-Dice Set

Again, one of the best things about D&D is that it’s so easy to get into for newcomers. That’s especially true when it comes to dice, as you don’t need a special “Dungeons and Dragons dice set” to get a game started.

All you need to do is pick up any 7-dice set from your local WalMart and you’re all set! And because 7-dice sets are so popular, you can even find a unique set that fits you and your group’s personality. 

5. Some Character Sheets

The most important part of D&D is the characters themselves. And if you don’t keep track of them properly, the game won’t be as fun as it can be, which isn’t what you want.

So, in order to easily keep track of all of your D&D characters, print off some D&D character sheets from the web. Make sure everyone fills out the sheet in a similar fashion, too, so it’s easy to tell who (and what) each character is.

6. A Dry Erase Board

In order to keep track of your playing map, you’re going to need a whiteboard so you can actually draw it out in real life. This way everyone in the game can see where their character is and where they should be headed next.

You don’t need a giant whiteboard, just something large enough to clearly map out your game.

Also, find the one person in your group who has the best handwriting and make them update the map throughout the game. Don’t let everyone make their own changes, as things will get hard to read rather fast.

7. Some Dry Erase Markers

You’ve most likely already guessed this, but if you have a dry erase board, you’re also going to need some dry erase markers, too. You don’t need a ton of markers or even a ton of colors, although it can be more fun if you do have them.

Again, what you do need is someone with a steady hand who can update the map during the game. Because if things get wiped away on accident, it’s a bit of a party killer, to say the least. 

8. An Adventure to Play

Last but not least, you’re going to need to pick an adventure for you and your friends to play through. There are a wide variety of adventures out there, so pick something that sounds fun and go with it!

Once you and your friends get comfortable with the game, you can even take turns coming up with your own adventures to play through, which can help make the game that much more personable, not to mention more fun.

8 Must-Have D&D Accessories for Your First Game

Well, there you have it! Those are 8 must-have D&D accessories that you need in order to play your first game. So, once you have everything on this list, you’ll be ready to go on your first adventure.

As you can see, a lot of these items you most likely already have. Things like paper, pencils, a dry erase board, and dry erase markers are probably already in your home somewhere.

Other items can easily be found and purchased at stores like WalMart, which again, means it very easy to start your first game. So, round up these items, get your friends together, and go on an adventure! You’ll be sure to have a ton of fun along the way.

Looking for more ways to make your weekly game night fun with your friends? Check out our blog, we have tons of tips and tricks that are worth checking out!


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