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10 Things Every Dungeons & Dragons Player Must Own

Since the mid '70s, Dungeons and Dragons has been providing hours of imaginative gameplay for avid fantasy fans all over the world. What began as a cooperative tabletop strategy game has grown into a leviathan of pop culture, with references in everything from The Big Bang Theory to Stranger Things. Tom Hank's first leading role at 26 was in Mazes and Monsters (also called Dungeons and Dragons), a film about a group of college kids that start to believe the D&D campaign they're playing is actually real.

The rise of "nerd" culture, where gaming enthusiasts are socially accepted for their pastime, means that the time for showing your love for all things D&D is at hand. Whether you're looking for interesting dice, a pair of d20 socks, or a coffee table book full of the beautiful artwork found throughout the D&D franchise in the last four decades, this gift guide is for you.

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10 DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS ART AND ARCANA: A VISUAL HISTORY

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Whether your love of Dungeons and Dragons has been recently awakened by Stranger Things, you’ve been playing since childhood, or just want a beautiful artbook for your RPG collection, look no further than the Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana book. With over 450 pages of artwork from the 40 plus years the game has been played, no D&D fan can go without getting this tome.

Not only will you be spellbound by over 700 images including paintings, illustrations, sketches, and concept art, you’ll also get to read interviews from artists, writers, and developers that have been committed to making the creative ephemera of this popular game for years.

9 BATTLE GRID MAT

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For the DM that demands only the best in gamer gear, look no further than this premium battle grid mat, a vital piece of any gaming kit. Completely reusable, and made from highly durable double-coated vinyl, this mat has an extra finish to make sure you can easily write, erase, and rewrite whatever you want with the accompanying dry erase markers and liquid chalk.

Never again draw grid lines like a lowly paladin - enjoy your fresh one inch squares exactly as they appear every campaign. Most grid mats look dirty, smudged, or torn after a few sessions, but this highly portable battle grid mat has all the damage resistance you'll ever need.

8 DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS CORE RULEBOOK GIFT SET

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After receiving your set of the D&D Core Rulebook Gift Set, you’ll have everything you need to lead a lasting campaign that spans decades. Not only do you get special foil editions of the main three Dungeons and Dragons rulebooks (the Dungeon Master’s Guide, Players Handbook, and Monster Manual), you’ll also get a Dungeon Master’s screen, all in an aesthetically pleasing slipcase.

Whether you’ve been playing ever since you were a kid or are just starting out on your first campaign, these fifth edition texts will provide you the definitive foundational knowledge (including the latest rules and regulations) you’ll need to make legendary stories.

7 DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS TABLE DICE

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Every Dungeons and Dragons campaign must begin with a DM, players, rulebooks, and dice! The cast of the die is the instrumental mechanism by which actions are ascertained to be victorious or in vain by the DM, and having a large collection of level dice is absolutely key. These two-toned dice from Smartdealspro are the perfect gift for the DM in your life, or as gifts for their players!

For a truly meager parting of your gold you'll receive 5 sets of 7 two-toned dice, each set contained in its own velvet pouch. Each set contains a d20, one d12, two d10, one d8, one d6, and one d4. Is die is guaranteed to be level, clearly imprinted, and with the desired coloration or your money back!

6 LORDS OF WATERDEEP

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If the Dungeons and Dragons franchise decided to produce its version of Risk and Monopoly, Lords of Waterdeep would be the result. A classic Dungeons and Dragons strategy game, it allows players to assume the identity of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, the City of Splendors, where subterfuge and political chicanery will lead to ruling the jewel of the Forgotten Realms.

As one of the elusive Lords of Waterdeep, you will recruit your own agents to participate in quests on your behalf, gaining you influence and power over the city with each accomplishment. You may even be able to construct new buildings in the city, expanding your political and social horizons as you form alliances or orchestrate the downfall of your fellow lords.

5 THE ULTIMATE RPG CHARACTER BACKSTORY GUIDE

One of the most enjoyable parts about beginning any Roleplaying Game, whether it's Dungeons and Dragons or something else, is creating the character you will be using throughout the campaign. While D&D begins with selecting your class, purchasing your weapons, and rolling the dice for your stats, there's a lot more that can go into your character if you choose to get more detailed.

The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide gives you fill-in-the-blank prompts, activities, and narrative devices to help you come up with everything from how your character would approach a romantic relationship, to their favorite food, and how well they get along with their parents. The more backstory, the more enhanced your game will be!

4 DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS DICE DRESS SOCKS

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With nerd culture becoming increasingly popular thanks to shows like The Big Bang Theory and the new iterations of Star Trek (as well as the continuing parade of Star Wars movies), it stands to reason that nerds are getting a lot more ways to broadcast their love for their fandoms. Dungeons and Dragons is no different, especially as a piece of pop culture since 1974.

Rep your favorite RPG with these navy blue dress socks, featuring several d20 of different colors. Made from a comfy mixture of cotton, nylon, and spandex, they're perfect for wearing to the office (even under a suit!), to the gym (no gains, no gaming!), to a wedding (they make a perfect best man gift), or just to your next D&D session.

3 DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS SPELLBOOK CARDS: MONSTERS 0-5

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What's a D&D campaign without monsters? The backbone of any truly epic adventure, monsters in all their many forms create the necessary tension needed to make your game really exciting. With these Dungeons and Dragons Spellbook Cards, you can easily access the monsters from the Monster Manual without constantly cracking open the book.

There are 179 different laminated cards in each boxed set, allowing you to quickly and efficiently select which leviathans your players are going to face each session. Each monster has a challenge rating of 0-5, so you can modulate the threat to your players as you see fit. With terrifying art on one side and up-to-date gaming stats on the other, these are the most effective way to make your game the most entertaining.

2 HEX WOODEN DICE CHEST

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For the stylish DM, Elderwood Academy offers these attractive Hex Chests made from living cherry wood, each sanded to a unique "gem finish" that highlights the beauty of the woods own grain. The lid of each chest is engraved with a Winged Dragon via laser, but there are several other different options for engraving (including more personal versions), and each interior has hidden foam to protect your dice.

With a sturdy magnet locking the lid in place, you won't have to worry that this wooden hex chest is all style and no substance. It is utilitarian enough to efficiently carry your favorite set of 7 dice, but aesthetically pleasing enough to be admired by your playing troupe. The perfect gift for any D&D fan!

1 CRITICAL HIT D20 CERAMIC MUG

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Now you can have in-depth conversations about slaying dragons over a hot cup of coffee with this Critical Hit D20 Ceramic Mug. The perfect purveyor of your favorite hot beverages, it's also a great receptacle for soup, cereal, ice-cream, or whatever else you can roll for. With the adorable little top, you can keep your coffee or tea hot in case your dragon-slaying explanations take too long.

Made from high-quality ceramic, and glazed a vibrant red color, it's sure to brighten up the life of any Dungeons and Dragons fan. Though it's called a Critical Hit d20 mug, it has a dozen numerical values on all of its facets, making it perfect for players, DMs, or any fan of roleplaying games in your life.

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