D&D Spell Cards, Crib Sheet and Monster Tokens

In a couple of weeks time, I’ll be embarking on running my first D&D campaign – The Lost Mine of Phandelver. Ahead of the session, I’ve started preparing some of the game aids I think we’ll need – namely Spells Cards, a crib sheet and some monster tokens. One of the best things about being a Dungeon Master is what you choose (or not choose) to create for your players. I’m not the most creative person but this probably my favourite part of the job!

Spell Cards

First up, was the Cleric and Wizard spell cards. These cards will make it easier for the players to review their spells, remind them what spells they have memorised and choosing new spells when they level up.

Laminated cards with spell descriptions
Homemade spellcards

I found these excellent free D&D spell cards so I printed out the relevant pages on nice photographic paper, stuck them together with SprayMount and then laminated them. Luckily for me, the starter campaign doesn’t require all the spells available in D&D, which is good considering the Wizard deck runs to 58 pages !

Having a guillotine was a must for ensuring all the cards are the same size. I’m really pleased how nicely they turned out, especially since buying these decks would cost around Β£30.

Players’ Crib Sheet

Next up, I’ve created a crib sheet for the players from the information in the LMoP Starter Set Rulebook.

LPoM Player Reference Guide

I took the basics from the LMoP Basic Rules. Also, I borrowed bits from the Rules Reference page of morepurplemorebetter’s Character Sheet pack on the Dungeon Master’s Guild.

Monster tokens

I’m expecting that small skirmishes will be conducted in the ‘theatre of the mind’. But I am planning to use a battle map for some of the bigger encounters. So I found some LMoP tokens on Reddit for these monsters.

1" metal discs with monster stickers on top
Homemade monster tokens

These were also printed on photographic paper. Rather than going crazy trying to cut out all these circles, I found a circular punch with exactly the right diameter, which worked brilliantly. In order to give the tokens some weight, I’ve stuck them onto 1″ zinc plated washers that I bought from a craft store. I’ve only shown some regular monsters here, so as not to spoiler the campaign !


So it’s been a bit of a crafty weekend and I’m really happy with how things have turned out so far. Here is a list of the supplies I used:

Craft materials for creating spellcards and tokens
The craft materials I used for creating the spellcards and monster tokens
D&D Spell Cards and Monster Tokens
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Preparing for the start of The Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign with homemade D&D Spell Cards, Crib Sheet and Monster Tokens.
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