Suddenly it's the week of Black Friday, and holiday shopping season is officially upon us. Whether you hit the ground running or are saving shopping for the last minute, there's bound to be one person on your list who proves a big challenge: the Dungeons & Dragons player. D&D is a brand with decades of history and a constantly-updating slate of products. Regardless if you're a total newbie or experienced Dungeon Master, it takes some real insight to know exactly what your friends already have and what they want. Are new dice in order? Or perhaps some useful DM tools?
We here at TheGamer gathered our best party and gave them the quest of discovering 2019's top D&D gifts. Despite several failed Perception checks and an odd incident involving a halfling rogue and a donkey, they were able to come back with items worthy of your gold.
5 +3 To Charisma Dice Towers
If you play with someone who constantly chucks their dice across the table instead of rolling them, consider getting them a dice tower. Invite them to drop the dice from the top and let gravity do the rest. Dice towers can also add a nice decorative flair to someone's D&D setup.
The website +3 To Charisma specializes in 3D-printed tabletop accessories, with dice towers being one of their top items. Their dice towers are on the smaller side, making them perfectly portable. They even offer a very small version for tiny dice. Because +3 To Charisma 3D-prints, they can ensure variety and shipping speeds that others can't. You can select from many colors and styles. If the options pictured above don't strike your fancy, you can contact them directly to discuss a custom order.
This is a great gift idea for a party to give their DM. Syrinscape is an app that provides ambient sound for a D&D session. That simple description might not sound so impressive, but that's because Syrinscape is more complex than it lets on. The app is a library of thousands of sound samples controlled by an algorithm. If a DM types in something like "Dragon Battle" for instance, the app will mix together all the appropriate sounds of a town being attacked by a fire-breathing dragon.
The Syrinscape app itself is free, and it even comes with a small set of complimentary sounds. But if you really want to make your game epic, and give a great gift, you can purchase one of the subscription plans. These unlock sounds based on specific settings like fantasy or sci-fi. The user can even create their own custom "playlists" if they want to make their next adventure a truly epic presentation. Syrinscape might not be something you can put in a box with a bow, but it's a thoughtful gift for DMs who love to get creative.
3 Skinny Minis
If you're buying for a DM, you should consider Skinny Minis. Minis, for the uninitiated, refers to the miniature figures used to represent characters in D&D. While the figures are small, they have lots of little details and often custom paint jobs. This means that, in order to provide for all the creatures encountered in a typical adventure, DMs often carry a big padded case of all their minis. But there's a better way.
Skinny Minis are flat, acrylic minis with colorful artwork and detachable bases. This makes them more compact and cheaper than the standard minis without sacrificing quality. The artwork makes them just as immersive as a fully-painted 3D figure. With the included binder, however, Skinny Minis are a lot easier to transport.
The only unfortunate thing is that Skinny Minis were part of a Kickstarter. While the Kickstarter was a huge success, the figures won't be delivered until next spring. That means you can't just buy minis straight from the source at the moment. You can, however, get them as part of Dungeon in a Box. The subscription service comes with everything s DM needs to run a short adventure, and includes several Skinny Minis as part of the package. If your gift recipient doesn't mind a delayed gift, Dungeon in a Box is a smart choice.
2 HeartBeat Dice
One of the best things about Dungeons & Dragons is how it allows for personalization. Players are allowed to be whoever they want to be on their own terms. And it looks like vendors are finally recognizing that this aspect can extend to the items we use to play the game. HeartBeat is a new dice-maker on the scene, but consumers and stores are quickly picking up on their idea. It's a simple-but-appreciated one: dice that reflect all gender identities and sexualities.
There's the bisexual flag, the asexual flag, the non-binary flag– HeartBeat aims to have every possible flag printed in dice form. If you know someone who would love to add some pride to their game, these dice would make a lovely gift. For that matter, you might want to treat yourself to a little bit of pride.
1 Dungeons And Dragons Vs. Rick And Morty
There's a lot of great independent D&D products out there, but sometimes the most reliable gift comes from the official source. Maybe your recipient is so picky that you're unsure of buying them personal items like dice or towers. Or maybe you don't know them well enough to give them a subscription service. Well it just so happens that D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast recently put out a fun new official adventure.
Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick And Morty is a boxed set that contains almost everything a group needs to start playing. It also happens to contain an adventure based in Rick and Morty's universe, a place where nothing is as it seems and players can lose their butts. If you're buying for a Rick and Morty fan or just someone who wants a wild new adventure to play, we highly recommend this set. Just read our review for all the details.
Another honorable mention is Eberron: Rising from the Last War. This book released on the same day as Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick And Morty but offers a vastly different adventure. If your gift recipient likes more serious, steampunk/noir settings, they will probably enjoy Eberron.