3 Essential Items You Need to Play D&D

3 Essential Items You Need to Play D&D

If you've never played D&D, or any other tabletop RPG, the prospect of starting may seem really intimidating. There are base rules of course, but the beauty of the game is that you can play at any speed and way you feel comfortable. And playing with someone who has experience will help you tremendously. But aside from the rules, what do you actually need to play D&D? Here my top items for a first time player.


#1 Dice

A photo of purple resin polyhedral dice. In the foreground you can see a D20 and the other dice are blurred out in the background.

This is, without a doubt, one of the most important items you will need to play. Most Tabletop RPGs use a dice based system, and D&D definitely does. If it's your first time, a friend may let you borrow some of theirs or the GM(game master) may provide you with some. Another option is to buy a basic set from Amazon or your local gaming store. When you're ready to level up, check out my Dice Day posts for some truly beautiful dice options.

#2 Paper and Pencil

An image of someone writing in a notebook with a pencil. There are pencil shavings on the paper.

When you're first starting out, there maybe a lot of rules and information to take in all at once. There may also be some story elements that you'll want to remember later in the game. So it should be no surprise that I'm recommending paper and something to write with. Start out simply for your first game, but if you want something that makes a statement, check out these journals from r-n-w.

#3 An Open Mind

A woman smiling with her hands spread out in front of her face. there's a large lens flare coming from her hands that looks magical.

Tabletop RPGs are unlike any game you'll have played before. They rely a lot on imagination and a willingness to try new things. Don't be afraid to mess up or ask questions. It's a learning process and the right group will absolutely help you however you need it. Make sure you find what works best for you, and once you find that perfect combination, it's magical.

If you're looking for some other TTRPG essentials, check out this video where I show off some of my personal favorites.

Tags: For Fun, Tabletop