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!
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.
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 £30.
Players’ Crib Sheet
Next up, I’ve created a crib sheet for the players from the information in the LMoP Starter Set Rulebook.
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.
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: