Dungeons & Dragons is currently experiencing unprecedented levels of popularity, with 2019 being the best-selling year for the game. There was a time when the game was considered the nerdiest of hobbies, and it could be quite tricky to get into. A bad first experience with D&D can sour a new player on the game, but the Internet has allowed people from around the globe to see how it’s meant to be played. Streaming shows like Critical Role have helped introduce people to the hobby, while the ability to switch on a webcam and connect with players online allows gamers without a group to connect with adventuring parties around the world.
The numerous lockdowns that are in effect across the globe have prevented people from bellying up to the table and playing D&D together in a safe way. 2021 will hopefully see a return to normal, and a year without being able to sling dice in person is going to lead to a lot of catching up for gamers. With the 2020 holiday season fast approaching, Screen Rant has gathered some ideal gifts for D&D players this Christmas.
10 – The Icewind Dale: Rime Of The Frostmaiden Collection
The latest D&D campaign is Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden. Icewind Dale has been plunged into darkness, and adventurers need to fight hordes of monsters, the endless snow, and the bitter cold in order to save the region and its inhabitants from destruction. DMs can purchase the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign book, which can provide the basis for months worth of sessions. The DMs who aren’t afraid of paying extra to terrify their players can also purchase a massive figure of the Chardalyn Dragon, a recurring enemy that will appear during the campaign. For players, there is the Icewind Dale: Dice and Miscellany set, which contains a set of eleven dice and a map of the region.
9 – Dungeons & Dragons Clothing
What better way to have a stranger in public ask you about your character than with D&D clothing. Amazon has a number of D&D shirts and hoodies on offer, bearing cover art from the books, symbols for all of the classes, and memes based on the game. It’s not just the guys who can look this cool, as Wildbangarang is offering a line of dresses, leggings, skirts, and snoods bearing D&D monsters. There is also D&D basketball shorts on offer, for the players who are hosting the game but can’t be bothered to get changed (you know who you are!)
8 – The D&D Starter Set Or The D&D Essentials Kit
It can be hard to know where to start with D&D. Creating a brand new campaign can take a lot of time, especially for DMs who are new to the game. The two best options for guiding new DMs and players to D&D are the D&D Starter Set and the D&D Essentials Kit.
The D&D Starter Set is the perfect gateway to the world of D&D. It contains the Lost Mines of Phandelver campaign, five pre-generated characters, a set of dice, and a rulebook that covers the essential aspects of the game. This is ideal for people on a budget who want to try D&D.
The D&D Essentials Kit is the more expensive of the two, but it comes with more items, including a DM screen that is designed to aid new DMs. The D&D Essentials Kit has the Dragon of Icespire Peak campaign, a set of blank character sheets, dice, a poster map to use with the adventure, and a set of cards containing rules. This is the book that debuted the sidekick rules, which are quasi-characters who can be used when low on players. As such, the D&D Essentials Kit is ideal for parents who want to play D&D with their kids, but can’t rustle up enough players for a full group.
7 – For The Kids – The Young Adventurer’s Guides & D&D Annual 2021
These next two items will teach younger fans about the game, but aren’t made for play. The Young Adventurer’s Collection is a set of four books about D&D. Dungeons & Tombs is all about the deadly locations where adventures take place, Monsters & Creatures describes the many beasts that stalk the D&D multiverse, Warriors & Weapons is a guide for characters and the gear they can use, and Wizards & Spells talks about magic and those that can use it. These books can also be purchased separately.
For fans in the UK, there is the D&D Annual 2021, which contains a ton of information about the game for kids. The D&D Annual 2021 has guides for the classes and monsters that appear in the game, puzzles to solve, and information about some of the more popular D&D streaming shows that are available online.
6 – Dungeon Mayhem + Expansions
D&D has its share of board games that adapt ideas from the tabletop game into a more manageable form. Dungeon Mayhem comes with four decks of cards that are based on D&D characters. Each player uses their own deck, as they battle against each other in fast-paced rounds, with rules that are simple enough for kids to get their head around.
Dungeon Mayhem also has expansions that allow more players to jump into the game. Dungeon Mayhem: Battle for Baldur’s Gate brings Jaheira and Minsc from the Baldur’s Gate series into the game, while Dungeon Mayhem: Monster Madness adds six decks based on popular D&D monsters. Monster Madness also comes with a case for carrying all the cards.
5 – Betrayal At Baldur’s Gate
Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is a board game that’s based on Betrayal at House on the Hill. This is a game where players assemble and explore their own version of Baldur’s Gate, before everything goes all Among Us, and one of them is revealed to be a traitor. Once they learn of their newfound allegiance, the traitor player gains access to secret new powers, and it’s up to the rest of the group to stop them. Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate has rules for fifty different scenarios, so no two trips through Baldur’s Gate will ever be the same.
4 – Curse Of Strahd Revamped
Curse of Strahd is an existing D&D campaign that sends players to the haunted realm of Barovia, where they must oppose the vampire Strahd if they wish to make their way home. Curse of Strahd Revamped is a complete edition of the campaign that comes with a number of extra goodies. The campaign itself is almost unchanged (barring a few edits made for sensitivity reasons), but it comes with a set of Tarokka cards, a DM screen, maps of Barovia & Castle Ravenloft, and a set of postcards that DMs can send to their players to invite them to Barovia. The whole set comes in a coffin-shaped box, making it easy to keep all of the gear for the campaign in one place.
3 – Dungeon Master’s Screen: Wilderness Kit
D&D is a game that only requires a pencil, paper, and some dice to play, but most groups use more advanced setups for their sessions. The Dungeon Master’s Screen Wilderness Kit contains a number of items that DMs can use to enhance their combat sessions and make progress easier to track for new players. The set comes with a DM screen, a dry erase hex map, a dry erase journey tracker, rules reference sheets, initiative cards, and rule cards. The Dungeon Master’s Screen Wilderness Kit set is especially useful for campaigns that involve surviving against the elements, such as Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden or Ghosts of Saltmarsh.
2 – Player’s Notebook
For D&D fans in the UK, there is the Player’s Notebook. The average D&D player will have a pad with them during the game or will keep track of notes on their smartphone. The Player’s Notebook is designed to look like one of the official D&D books, and it’s a lot fancier to whip out than a standard notepad. Half of the pages in the Player’s Notebook are lined, and the other half are graph paper, which makes it easy to sketch maps during the game. Spellcaster players can also draw out the radius of their spells on these pages for easy reference during a session. The Player’s Notebook also comes with a pencil, so DMs can keep it with them at all times and use it to make notes on the go.
1 – Tasha’s Cauldron Of Everything
The latest D&D book is one of the most important yet. Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything is adding a ton of content to the game, including new subclasses, class features, spells, puzzles, and magic items. Tasha’s Cauldon of Everything is also offering options that change how the game is played, including new rules for tailoring player races. The book is adding new features, such as group patrons who can hire the party, and sidekicks who can stand in for absent players. Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything also offers guidance for how to bring together players and craft campaigns. This could be the biggest D&D book of the year, and it’s full of content for DMs and players alike.
Next: DC Superheroes Are Playing By Dungeons & Dragons Rules
John Constantine Takes His Ultimate Form To Save DC’s World
About The Author