Gather round ye merry fellows and lend an ear for the tale of tabletop gaming dice like no others—unique dice sets to dazzle and amaze all but the crotchetiest old curmudgeons. That’s right: unique polyhedral dice to whet your imagination! Feast your eyes upon these real, genuine, 100% authentic antimatter dice!!
Uh…hold on. We’ve just been informed that the antimatter dice have gone off. And the city they
were in is—missing? Jeez…
But worry not, gentle traveler! For we still have the illegal endangered whale teeth dice!
What? We don’t? They’re illegal?!?! Why didn’t anyone mention that?! Who confiscated them?
Well…nuts. Okay, bring out the chocolate and nuts dice!
What? WHO ate them?!?! That was our most edible, most unique dice set! Seriously?!
Fiddlesticks. What have we got left?
Oh, that’s right, we’ve got ALL THE FRIGGIN’ AWESOME DICE because we’re Dice Envy, fools!!! That’s literally what we do!
They May Not Be Positronic or Illegal or Chocolate, But…
We do have some real treats for you today. These 6 unique polyhedral dice sets are perfect for bringing a wide variety of new characters and campaign settings to life in your next RPG. Whether you’re RPing fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, punk, or some kind of wholesome (or unwholesome!) dating simulator, we have flavors of dice to delight and inspire your imagination.
Good dice are so much fun to look at and play with, so don’t settle for boring generic ones. Do us a capitalism and get yourself a unique dice set that speaks to your sense of play!
Perfect for athletes and those of us who merely roleplay them, our Home Game Hat Trick unique dice set is a fun, soccer-themed set that bristles with energy.
Named for the “hat trick,” which in soccer is the rare triumph of scoring three goals in a single game, the Home Game Hat Trick dice set features rose-gold–colored dice frames with royal blue glitter faces and a classic scoreboard number font. The dice themselves have rounded edges reminiscent of soccer balls, particularly the d20s.
This 10-piece unique polyhedral dice set features our standard 7 dice (d4, d6, d8, d10, d%, d12, d20), plus two bonus d6s and one bonus d20 with a special yellow gold frame—perfect for rolling with advantage or making other iconic rolls. This is a truly exciting and unique dice set!
The Home Game Hat Trick set is one of our Metal Dice Sets. In addition to our popular, highly affordable Polymer Dice Sets, we also make special dice sets using premium materials like wood, stone, and metal. With metal dice you will immediately notice their weight and temperature in your hand, which gives them a very distinctive feeling.
2. Rime Scheme
Rime, also known as hoarfrost, is ice that accumulates in blowing wind whenever it’s foggy and freezing—or, if you live in the mountains, whenever freezing clouds crash into you. Rime looks like snow, but you won’t notice much snow on the ground. Instead, rime loves to build up on tree limbs, railings, signs, and other objects that stick up into the air.
The beautiful, unique polyhedral dice in our Rime Scheme dice set evoke the frigid wonders of winter and elemental ice magic. Inspired by D&D’s adventure Rime of the Frostmaiden, we created this unique dice set with a sense of terrible splendor, evoking a cold power both beautiful and devastating to any traveler who befalls them.
This 7-piece resin dice set features ornate, bold white ice crystals and numbering which has been intricately engraved into a shimmering, dark blue background. You won’t find anything else quite like it!
Perhaps the most sophisticated of all building materials, marble has been used throughout history to construct some of the finest temples and palaces in the world. This unique dice set, which we call DLucks (say it out loud and you’ll get it!), features black and white swirled acrylic and elegant golden ink, evoking the beauty of marble and gold without the price tag.
DLucks is a full 10-piece unique polyhedral dice set, featuring the seven standard dice, an extra d6, one of our special Infinity d4 dice (in addition to the standard d4), and one of our special Chonky Boi oversize d20s that are so much fun to use on big, important rolls.
This unique dice set is inspired by the Maestro of the Renaissance himself, Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was an artist of great renown as well as a skillful scientist in medicine, anatomy, astronomy, and other fields. He invented the helicopter, solar power generation, the automatic adding machine, a theory of plate tectonics, and much more…all hundreds of years before these things actually came to pass. This cat was so smart he was scary.
For your next Renaissance-themed RPG campaign or any adventure where you’re playing a brilliant inventor, we’ve captured the passion of Leonardo da Vinci with the fascinating DaVinci’s Sanctum. This unique dice set has a perplexing look that brings alive the geometric patterns often associated with his famous sketches and illustrations. Reminiscent of stained glass, our design features a colorful iridescent foil layered onto black obsidian stone—real obsidian.
As one of our premium Stone Dice Sets, this 7-piece unique polyhedral dice set is an ultra-luxe product, so it costs more than the others on this list, but they’re an incredible treat to look at, with a solid weight in your hand that feels good.
Yes, that’s right, we’ve been holding out on you this whole time. We’re not sorry, either. We’re GMs at heart; if we don’t toy with you at least a little bit we’re not doing our jobs right. But now we give you…the Celestain dice set!
This unique dice set has two simple conceits. First of all it is beautiful, with translucent pink resin that catches the light beautifully, and elegant gold numbering.
Second of all, it’s an example of the Mandela Effect. Originally, we had another dice set called Celestine. But, like how the Berenstein Bears from our childhood memories were actually the “Berenstain” Bears, with an A, this whole time, so too are these our “Celestain” dice. Whether we all just remembered wrong and the Universe is gaslighting us, or whether there really was some hyperdimensional cosmic transposition into a new timeline…either way they’re cool dice.
Like the DLucks set above, this 10-piece resin set of unique polyhedral dice includes an extra d6, a special Infinity d4, and one of our signature Chonky Boi d20s. Don’t leave this unique dice set in the bad timeline: Take them with you into all the dimensions yet to come!
6. Rainbow Wood
The Rainbow Wood dice set is another one of our premium dice sets, this time from our Wood Dice Sets collection. This unique dice set is a 7-piece masterpiece of pure dryadic inspiration. Seriously, if you don’t fall in love with these dice at first sight, roll for initiative, because you’re the villain.
To further discuss how these stunning wooden dice can channel the spirit of the woods in your local nature conservation zone, we’re turning it over to Forest Elf and city de-certified meditation guru Trisha Callsphere. Trisha, take it away, with our final unique dice set of the day!
Greetings and namaste travelers, for wide is the path we travel and so we travel it together. I am pleased to pray to whichever god will still return my calls, and thereby from his or her teachings i give you the sounds of the forest:
WHOOP!! WHOOP! CaKAW!
~ T ~ r ~ E ~ e ~ N ~ o ~ I ~ s ~ E ~
Wondrous are these sounds to our mortal ear, the ear we share in love, the ear which hears all that yearns to be heard. Oh, how we do lavish our affections upon idle distractions like cellular telephones, when the true core of our being longs to dwell among the other great beings of the deep forest, like the lichens, and the thistles, and the brambles, and the marsh lily, and the—
Um, Trisha…the dice?
Ah yes, the Rainbow Wood dice. a wooden dice set. a unique dice set. Many are the possibilities you might roll, depending on which die you choose, and in communion with the great pulse of the forest…
I have spoken with the dryads of the tree from which these dice were made, and they tell me the tree was talking crap about me behind my own back, which I find very rude, and so karma has come to that tree, and unique polyhedral dice come to you, if the price is right…
Well…uh…at least she’s better than the guy who thought he was a fence.
There you have it, adventures. Six amazing, unique dice sets by Dice Envy. These are our designs, our molds—you won’t find these dice anywhere else! And you know what? These are better than antimatter dice!
Which set is your favorite?
Today we’re marking another notch in our quest to explain all the types of dice in the Universe: That’s right! Get ready to learn about the handy-dandy spindown die!
If you’re looking to buy spindown dice, check out our Spindown Life Counters. These sleek, oversized spindown d20 dice come in your choice of a variety of color accents and match our radical new Cyberpunks Dice Set Collection.
But if you’re just here for the lore, read on!
What Are Spindown Dice?
Spindown dice, also known as spindown life counters, were invented in 2000 for the trading card game Magic: The Gathering. Their original (and still most common) purpose was to keep track of your life total over the course of the game. Since most Magic games start with you having 20 life, Wizards of the Coast (who make both Magic and D&D) got the idea of using a 20-sided die as a life counter.
On a spindown d20, each number is right next to the consecutive numbers above and below it: 20 is right next to 19. 19 is right next to 18. 18 is next to 17. And so on. This pattern makes it much easier to find a specific number on the die when you’ve taken damage (or gained life) and need to change your life total.
That’s right! Those mischievous Wizards changed the very nature of the dice with which the game is played! It’s just how they…roll. 😎
- It’s fairly common (but by no means universal) for spindown d20s to be bigger than average d20s, in order to distinguish them from regular d20s and to make them more convenient to use as counters.
So the short answer is: Spindown dice are d20s with the numbers laid out radically different from normal d20s.
Wait, So How Are the Numbers Laid Out on Normal Dice?
Regular tabletop gaming dice (as well as all dice used in board games and in gambling) are numbered so that the total value of all the numbers on a die is spread out as evenly as possible, giving you more variance in your rolls.
- WTF does that mean? It means that you will never see consecutive numbers (like 19 and 20) right next to each other on the die, the way you do on spindown dice.
This Makes It Harder to Cheat
This high-variance numbering system makes the results of dice rolls appear more random—which, critically, makes it harder to cheat.
To understand how this works, imagine the die rolling to a stop: If it were a spindown d20, the die might first land on 16, then roll over to 17, and next 18, before finally coming to a stop on 19. In other words, you know you’re gonna get a good number even before the die finishes rolling.
In studies, it has been shown that this makes it easy for players to cheat with spindown dice because if they want a high roll (or a low one) they don’t have to land on one specific face. They just need to aim for any of the faces in one general area of the die: the area where all the high (or low) numbers are hanging out. A 17 or 18 will usually be as good as a 19.
This doesn’t work on normal dice, because the numbers are not consecutive. 19 might be right next to 10, or 4, or anything really.
These numbering patterns are not standardized across the dice industry. If you look at a regular d20 closely, you can find many different arrangements for the numbers. The opposite sides always add up to 21 (or at least they should), but the different pairs of opposites (e.g., 20 and 1, 19 and 2, 18 and 3, etc.) are often placed in different arrangements.
Different dice manufacturers and sometimes different individual dice molds can yield very different numbering arrangements. You can find this inconsistency on other polyhedral dice too.
Can You Use a Spindown d20 for Gaming Rolls?
Yes, you can! You can also poke a sleeping kitten or shake somebody’s can of soda before giving it to them. The point isn’t “Can you?” It’s “Should you?” And the answer to that is “It depends, but usually, you shouldn’t.”
Spindown dice are not meant to be used as tabletop gaming dice. They are meant to be used as fancy counters—for counting life totals, weapon charges, etc. Because it is easy to cheat with them, everyone has to agree to the honor system in order for spindown dice to work for actual dice rolls. So, in general, think of them as counters, not dice.
However, if you do want (or need) to use a spindown d20 for actual dice rolls, you can avoid cheating and get a solid, random result by thoroughly shaking the die together in both hands and giving it a hearty roll on the table. (Or you can use a dice tower.)
As long as the die is well-balanced physically (and if it is well-made, it should be), this will give you a proper random result.
Are Spindown Dice Always d20s?
Not anymore! These days you can find spindown versions for all the polyhedral dice types. However, spindown d20s remain by far the most popular and common type of spindown dice, and they are the only type of spindown counter we regularly stock at Dice Envy.
Now You’re Ready to Go for a Spin!
Spindown dice have grown far beyond their Magic: The Gathering origins and today you will find them used in many different tabletop RPGs and other games. In D&D for instance, it’s fairly popular to use them for life totals for lower-level characters, or as charge counters for items and spells.
To get your hands on some, check out our Spindown Life Counters. Like we mentioned, these cool, oversized dice are available in several different color accents and are designed to match our new Cyberpunks Dice Set Collection.
Or, if you want, you can mix and match them with any of our other dice sets. THE POWER IS YOURS!!!
Every D&D player has some level of a love-hate relationship with the rules of the game. Rules keep the game fair and balanced for everyone at the table, but there’s a whole lot of cool stuff you can do by bending the rules here and there. By adopting house rules for your DnD game, you can change them in just the right way to better fit your game and make sessions more fun or challenging for your players.
“It is the spirit of the game, not the letter of the rules which is important.”
- Dungeon Master’s Guide (1st Edition, Page 230), Gary Gygax
From the very beginning in 1974, the rules of D&D were made to be changed. We’ve put together a list of rules to consider for your campaign. And were written as 5E house rules (for D&D Fifth Edition), you can apply them to nearly any tabletop RPG system you play. With just the right DnD house rules, you can really make DnD your own, adding a whole new element of novelty and surprise.
1. Team Inspiration
Oftentimes players are rather reserved when it comes to using their inspiration, either on themselves or someone else. To help encourage the use of inspiration, you can treat inspiration as a community pool, with a limited amount of inspiration available for anyone to use. This 5e house rule can allow inspiration to go to the team members who need it most.
2. Build up that Mob
Combat is an important aspect of D&D, but it can get granular and tedious at times. This DnD house rule can be a good way to speed up and streamline it. When you have a crowd of low-level enemies, you can make them into a mob that shares HP and has a number of attacks based on how many creatures are in the mob. For Example, if 5 goblins are up against your party and each has 10 HP, you might combine them into a single character called “Mob of Goblins” that has a total HP of 50 and 5 attacks per round. This new DnD house rule adds even more action to the game.
3. Minions! (No, not the yellow ones)
This is another combat-centric DnD house rule. Like in the Mines of Moria, it’s always a good time when you have a big baddie waiting for you at the end of a campaign. And it can make your players feel like epic heroes when they decimate huge groups of minions before reaching the big baddie. Consider adding large groups of weak minions, with health as low as 1hp, allowing players to easily defeat them. Adding this DnD house rule is a great way to build up morale and excitement before the final battle.
4. Hidden Death Saves
A death save roll happens after a character reaches an HP of 0 and they fall unconscious. On all of their following turns, they must roll a d20 to decide whether they bleed out or stabilize. Traditionally, players know whether or not their characters are safe and how many more rolls they have before they die.
Unless… you roll death saving throws behind the DM screen. Then, it’s anyone’s guess whether a knocked-out player character will survive. That uncertainty created by this DnD house rule makes finishing the fight or tending to their wounds a HUGE priority, adding substantial risk and drama when combat is going poorly.
5. Funny Critical Misses
Critical successes and critical misses each have about a 5% chance, when rolling a natural 1 or 20 on a d20 die. There are tons of ways to liven things up when players make a bad miss. You might read from a table of pre-determined effects, or you may even make your player narrate his own mistake.
One common way to follow up a natural 1 is to roll a second d20 to determine just how bad the critical miss is. If the second result is above a 10, maybe something funny happens. But if the result is low, you might do something harmful at the DM’s discretion like accidentally hitting an ally with your attack. This helps bring the chances of doing unintentional harm on your turn down to 2.5% or lower. This dnd house rule allows for more group participation and engagement and keeps everyone on their toes.
6. Omit Spell Components
Being a wizard is tough stuff, especially at early levels where anything might one-shot you on a crit. Kind DMs will apply this rule to remove the tedium of tracking the items necessary to cast spells. Did you remember to pick up enough bat guano from the last cave in order to cast your Fireball spell? With this 5E house rule, you don’t have to worry about that.
7. Points for Creativity
Despite extensive forethought and planning, a creative plan to deal with a problem might simply not work due to a poor roll of the dice. But if the Dungeon Master deems fit, they could allow a roll with advantage or even an automatic success for the creative aspects of the plan. This dnd house rule could further encourage out-of-the-box thinking with other elements of the gameplay.
There is no wrong or right approach when adding 5E house rules. The important thing is to keep everyone on the same page and remember to have fun!
Looking to expand your tabletop gaming further than D&D? With a set of polyhedral dice, there are many more games you can play. Some of these games are simplified to play with just a 6-sided die, while others require you to use the same array of dice you do for D&D.
Pathfinder is a fantasy tabletop dice-based RPG, very similar to Dungeons & Dragons. Players will travel the world solving problems, unraveling mysteries, and collecting treasure. As you travel the world, you’ll encounter brutish monsters and deceitful traps, mysterious ancient ruins, and politically corrupt cities.
Pathfinder 1st Edition is based on D&D 3.5, while 2nd Edition Pathfinder diverges from the formula to be more unique. You can also take the ruleset out into the galaxy with Starfinder, a science fiction variation of Pathfinder.
2. The End of the World
The End of the World is an apocalyptic dice RPG comprising 4 books – Zombie Apocalypse, Wrath of the Gods, Alien Invasion, and Revolt of the Machines. As the names suggest, each book offers a different apocalyptic scenario to explore. While each book shares the same rule system, they exist independently and are completely self-contained experiences. At the cross-section of horror and adventure, The End of the World is a great option for those wanting to branch out of fantasy roleplay with their polyhedral dice.
3. One Deck Dungeon
One Deck Dungeon is a more straightforward and comprehensible dice RPG. Conquer every dungeon, defeat every foe, prevail over every danger. Sounds easy enough, except there are enemies lurking around every corner ready to take you down. Once you clear all three foes, you can then take on the boss. But if your party runs out of health, it's game over. Compared to some other games on this list, One Deck Dungeon is a quicker game, but that doesn’t mean it’s easier to win!
4. Blades in the Dark
Who doesn’t love a good steampunk setting? Blades in the Dark is a dice RPG game about overcoming the darkest troubles and hardships of society with wit, instinct, and communication. Players are members of a thief gang who steal from the ultra-wealthy in the city of Doskvol. Each session is centered around a job or operation. The gaming setup allows each session to flow smoothly, letting players make their plan as they go along rather than spending a large chunk of time doing so at the beginning.
5. Cyberpunk Red
From steampunk to cyberpunk, here’s a dice RPG game that’ll take you into the future. Players can create characters for all walks of nightlife. You’ll navigate the city’s social stratosphere as you fight for survival, interacting with gangsters, corporations, and everything in between. You’ll tackle various missions and jobs, with each player in your party bringing a different skill set to the table. This RPG dice game tackles all kinds of topics, ranging from unregulated capitalism to environmental devastation and the nature of humanity. Cyberpunk Red is just as topical and fun today as it was when its first edition came out back in 1988.
Quest is a highly accessible tabletop game, perfect if you want to include friends who aren’t as familiar with the format. Instead of focusing on details and rules, Quest focuses on the key actions of the roleplaying – explaining characters’ actions and immersing players into the world. Creating characters in Quest takes about five minutes and campaign preparations are more geared towards giving players fun and engaging storylines to follow. Additionally, the rule book is easy to follow for new players, so anyone can get involved. Because of all this, the Quest dice RPG game is especially recommended for playing with children.
7. Call of Cthulhu
A good scare is always a good time. Call of Cthulhu is the quintessential horror RPG dice game. Players take on the roles of investigators, scholars, and journalists who travel around the world, uncovering cults and conspiracies, and even otherworldly monsters. Unlike other dice RPGs, Call of Cthulhu focuses on the characters' psychological erosion as they uncover ghastly truths and oftentimes, players should run away rather than fight, giving Call of Cthulhu a distinctively terrifying vibe. Given its spooky atmosphere, it’s only appropriate that this polyhedral dice game got its namesake from an H.P. Lovecraft story.
8. Coyote & Crow
This dice RPG is as socially relevant as they come! This game presents a futuristic version of Earth that has been transformed by the global climate crisis. But that isn’t all; this game goes one step further, and imagines a world in which colonialism never happened, thereby breaking from the ranks of traditionally eurocentric RPGs. Players take on roles that are indigenously inspired, using technology and a force known as Adanadi to navigate this post-apocalyptic world. The rulebook even details how non-Indigenous players can respectfully portray characters without relying on stereotypes and cliches.
9. A Game of Thrones
Many of us are familiar with the source material, but often this RPG dice game has flown under the radar. A Game of Thrones takes players into the low fantasy world of Westeros, where you can explore the political intrigue, magical mystery, and harrowing adventures. While this game is a rare find, for those who do have access to it, it’s definitely worth the time. This dice RPG is especially good fun for those who are fans of the books and show.
Think of the neo-noirs of the 90s - Fargo, Reservoir Dogs, The Grifters - and put them into an RPG dice game. Fiasco divides the gameplay into a number of scenes, allowing players to develop their characters and craft their relationships as if they were in a crime movie themselves. Unlike other RPGs, there is no game master in Fiasco. Instead, players take turns describing what happens in each scene. This RBG is truly a cinematic experience (complete with an unexpected third-act twist) that’ll take players through numerous settings and scenarios, with both tragic and comic results. Fiasco is highly recommended for those wanting a non-fantasy polyhedral dice game experience.
Faithful servants of holy deities, clerics used to be a class people would hesitate to play, as they’d end up being used as healing machines. That changed in 5e. Thoughtless bots no longer, clerics can now be played in a myriad of ways to suit your chosen character path. Be the classic designated healer, pick up a mace, or carve a destructive path forward fueled by holy fervor with a combination of awesome abilities. Here’s how you can begin playing a Cleric in D&D 5e.
What Are They?
If you’ve played a game of Dungeons and Dragons before, you’ll know there’s a lot more to it than just really cool dice. Knowing the kind of background clerics generally come from, and the one yours comes from in particular is the first thing you should do before you begin playing.
Your cleric could be an exalted priest of a holy deity in a faraway temple, or just an ordinary follower who’s been chosen for greater things. If you’d like to spice it up, clerics in D&D 5e can be spiced up with inventive new backstories. Perhaps your particular cleric doesn’t worship a merciful god, but rather a destructive and maleficent force of destruction. The fun in D&D comes from what you can bring to your character, so consult your DM and feel free to play your cleric in 5e a way that speaks to you.
Once you’ve chosen a backstory, you can always tweak the way you’d like to play your heretic by specializing into a particular playstyle. Clerics can be played in a similar way to paladins that tank damage for the party, or even as melee characters that get into close range with enemies using faith-based magics. If neither of these appeal to you, you can always play your cleric in 5e the classic D&D way - standing afar and healing your party.
Actually getting down to play a cleric in 5e will involve at least a basic understanding of what your character can do.
Spellcasting: Spellcasting is a cleric’s forte. Using the blessings of the particular god that is your patron, you’ll be able to cast a range of spells from generic area-based and individual healing to faith-based enchantments that increase a weapon’s damage. The first thing that determines the strength of your spells is the Wisdom ability. The higher this attribute is, the more spells you can prepare, the higher your attack modifier and the higher your spell save DC will be for enemies to resist your abilities.
Clerics are prepared casters, which means you’ll be choosing a set of spells at the start of the day, and you’ll have to rely on these for the remainder of the day. If you’re having trouble keeping track of all the spells you’ve got available, a combat tracking pad might come in handy.
Channeling: As you’d expect from a cleric in D&D 5e, a major portion of your power comes from channeling the grace and fervor of the god you’ve chosen to worship. The most widely known use of channeling holy power is to ‘turn undead’, where, if you roll correctly, you’ll have the chance to cause all nearby undead within 30 feet to run away.
- Later levels: People who play clerics in 5e will pick up a significant amount of power as they level up, which means the class scales very well into the late game. An example of this is the ability to simply destroy undead units if chance favors you. At level 10, you’ll even be able to commune directly with your god and ask them for a favor!
Choosing a God
Channeling divinity isn’t the same for every cleric in D&D 5e. One of the most exciting aspects of playing such a class is the fact that the god you choose to follow as a cleric can completely change your playstyle as a cleric. Choosing different gods for different campaigns will completely alter your experience and is a perfect example of the kind of versatility that clerics can bring to the party.
Since the gods you can choose may change depending on the campaign you’re playing, it’s easier to classify them into domains rather than going into detail about every divine being.
Death Domain: This domain is an edgier offshoot from what you’d typically see from an undead-busting cleric. As the name might imply, the death domain allows you to play a 5e cleric that’s more oriented towards dealing high DPS rather than sitting behind and healing, although you’ll still have access to rudimentary healing spells. Most of your damage will come from cantrips.
Arcana Domain: The arcana domain allows clerics in 5e to dip their toes into D&D wizardry. You’ll gain access to the classics like magic missile as well as cool new wizard cantrips that do much more than just firing spells off from a distance. An underappreciated quirk of the Arcana domain is the ability to create a melee-focused cleric that can get up close and personal while still having access to ranged abilities.
- Life Domain: If the edge and violence of the nonconventional cleric divinities don’t appeal to you, playing a life/holy domain-based cleric is the way to go. If you’re looking to play a standard cleric build that focuses heavily on healing, it would be hard to do better than with the life domain. You’ll be able to use multi-member healing spells that can easily bring your entire party’s health back up after a grueling battle.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Pick your domain and squeeze the most out of it to really see how versatile clerics can be. If your chosen domain seems difficult to play or understand, stick with it for a while, you’ll be surprised how many struggling players later end up getting dice that match their characters.
The ‘Life’ of the Party
Clerics are one of the best classes to get into D&D 5e. They’re versatile enough to deal damage heavily in close quarters or rain magic from far away, there’s always going to be a play style that suits what you’re looking to do. Whether you’re looking to get into playing clerics, or aspiring to be the DM of your dreams, you’ll find a veritable arsenal of dice and D&D accessories to match your campaigns at Dice Envy.
The best tabletop games always go a step beyond what’s expected. When you’re guiding your party through the Ghosts of Saltmarsh or alien Warhammer worlds, it’s the little things that make those long gaming sessions memorable. The right set of tabletop gaming accessories can make a big difference in the way you play.
It’s got to be said that there is no strict ‘best’ board game accessory. The tools you decide to keep at your side through those long tabletop sessions should be determined by what you’re actually playing and personal preferences. For example, A set of standard polyhedral dice is always fine when playing a cosmic D&D campaign, but a special metal set decorated in starry colors can do so much more for creating an incredible experience.
No one begins playing tabletop games with the intention of racking up accessories, but somewhere between your first nat 20 roll and your latest victory over a cataclysmic threat, you’ll end up with a sizable collection of dice. This board game accessory is one of the best ways to get all your precious dice together in one place and also protect them from the elements. Not only are dice bags handy for carrying your dice around to a friend’s place, but they’re also designed in a way that adds character to any gaming session.
Shelf liner is an unlikely hero when it comes to tabletop game accessories. Anyone who’s played an intense game of Catan has experienced the infamous ‘earthquakes’. A single jolt of excitement or even an accidental nudge into the table can send the tiles flying all over the place, making you lose track of where your settlements and roads were placed. Shelf liners save the day by keeping your board in place even through the roughest of games and campaigns. Just roll your shelf liner out on the table first before putting down your game board or tiles, and the textured surface will help keep everything in place.
They’re pretty much universally applicable to any tabletop game, but they’re especially useful for tile-based and role playing games that need absolute precision in unit placement. As a bonus, they usually come in a variety of colors that you can mix and match for a more atmospheric experience.
A Campaign Notebook
What was the name of that chaotic Elf wizard we met last session? What’s the potion we need to lift that curse? Great note taking saves campaigns, and a notebook just for your campaign keeps them all together. It’s a great way to save all the epic moments of your campaign, and let's face it, you’ll probably run out of room on the back of your character sheet by session three.
The best board game accessories make your life easier while still making the game an even better experience for everyone involved. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a beginner or even an expert player, we’ve all had moments of confusion struggling to remember a cantrip or ability in the heat of battle or the middle of roleplay. Juggling a veritable mountain of new information that comes with every new D&D campaign can be a brutal task.
We’ve also got to give a shoutout to combat tracking pads a great tabletop gaming accessory for keeping last combat’s damage totals out of your main notes so you can find the important stuff sooner. You can use these to stay on top of all the developments that happen through a game. Keep track of your active buffs and when they expire, your abilities, any debuffs, and more with a simple sticky pad designed for tabletop games.
It’s one of the best board game accessories around - the mythical gaming table. Expect to find these in the home of a die hard tabletop gaming aficionado, and for good reason. This tabletop gaming accessory is designed completely with the player in mind, and every facet of it suits a particular need.
Gaming tables often have grooves to accommodate cards and tiles. They’re generally also made of special material that suits dice rolls. And some models even have removable tops to save your combat session for next week when you need to. The trade-off is that they are much more expensive than other gaming accessories, so don’t feel pressured to trade up from that old folding table before you’re ready.
As far as tabletop gaming goes, trays are some of the most inexpensive accessories you can buy for yourself and your friends. Component trays, for example, are inexpensive ways of keeping all the different moving parts that go into a table top RPG in one place. As different dice, tokens, and markers change hands throughout a long session, keeping track of everything can be a hassle, a problem that component trays solve.
As for those people who are fully specced into D&D, a padded dice tray is a must have to keep your premium wood dice safe from damage, or keep your metal dice set from damaging the table. It’s also a great way to keep them from rolling onto the floor. Dice trays are some of the best board game accessories in terms of the value you get for your money.
If you’re an avid DM or just a frequent member of a gaming party, chances are you and your friends probably have an accessory or two in common. The best way to differentiate yours from theirs is with a cute or kick-ass sticker.
Stickers are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of tabletop gaming accessories, but the right set of stickers can add so much more personality and charm to your gaming desk or dice clutch.
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The charm of tabletop gaming was and always will be that all you really need for a good time is a solid surface and friends to play with. That’s a vision that’ll keep tabletop gaming alive, but there’s no reason not to make this incredible board game tradition your own with some of the best accessories and dice from Dice Envy.
So, you want to play a bard. Maybe you’re new to D&D, jumping on the post-Stranger Things trend, or you’re an experienced player looking to try a new class. Either way, this guide will walk you through the basics of how to play a bard in D&D. Having a fundamental understanding of this class will not only help your effectiveness as a player, but it’ll also make the game more fun!
How to Play Bard in D&D
Bards are an extremely versatile and complex class, as they have the ability to be proficient in many things; they can cast spells, fight in combat, and possess rogue skills. While this versatility puts bards at a great advantage, it does mean that they don’t have the sheer innate power of more focused classes, like wizards, rogues, or fighters.
Above all, bards are performers. This is important to remember because most of their skills and spells involve interaction with other creatures and NPCs. They thrive in the spotlight and in social interactions, making them a natural front-person for the party. As such, charisma is arguably the most important stat for playing a bard successfully. Other stats that are well-suited for bards are wisdom, constitution, and dexterity—which you choose to focus on will depend on how you want to play your character.
Wisdom is a helpful stat in social interactions, usually fit for bards that act as the face of the party. Constitution is great for players who want to focus on bards’ spellcasting abilities, as it will help them keep concentration on complex spells. A high dexterity stat is beneficial for offensive bard fighters.
You’ll want to keep these stat preferences in mind when choosing your race because certain races improve certain scores. Typically, half-elves, tieflings, and halflings are your best bet for a bard, but changelings, satyrs, and humans could work, too.
Choosing Your College
Colleges are subclasses for bards that you gain access to starting at third level. Each college has a distinct focus, which can slightly adjust how to play bard in your campaign.
If you’re playing D&D 5e, you can choose from the following colleges for official, non-homebrew campaigns:
- College of Lore - focuses on magical abilities, all about knowledge and truth-telling
- College of Valor - good option for an offensive bard, tells classic Homer tales of heroes, battles, and adventure
- College of Glamour - focuses and charm and beguilement for mind manipulation
- College of Swords - weaponry-focused, for rogue-leaning bards
- College of Whispers - the sneaky, Littlefinger-esque bard with psychic powers
- College of Creation - perform bard duties with the belief that all life follows an unseen work of art
- College of Eloquence - uses logic and wordplay as an artform, think debate and forensics
- College of Spirits - uses spirits (the dead kind) to tell tales, like a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark bard
Bards usually rely on magic during their adventures. Many of their spells are of the supportive variety, to help heal and aid their allies in battle. Their spell list does include some damaging spells, but this is typically not the bard’s strong suit. When you’re learning how to play bard, keep their charisma stat in mind, as this will affect their spellcasting.
One attribute that distinguishes bards from other spellcasting classes is their magical instruments.
While not all bards will have an instrument, they almost all start out with one, and many will use them for their spells. You’ll want to pick a good musical instrument—after all, you’re a performer!
Here are some of the basic musical instruments available:
- Pan Flute
Remember that you’re able to change your instrument throughout your adventure and that it can be a useful tool for roleplaying!
A great backstory is essential to playing a bard in D&D. Bards are storytellers, so their backstory is especially important! There’s no formula for crafting a good backstory—just keep in mind what a bard does and what that means for their lifestyle. Traveling from town to town, meeting different locals in taverns everywhere… Bards lead interesting, adventurous lives, and your backstory should reflect that!
Start Playing a Bard
Now you’ve caught up on some of the basics of playing a bard in D&D, it’s time to get started! Make sure you’ve got all the supplies you need, including your dice, a pen and paper (if you’re playing in-person), and your character sheet. Once you’ve got your group and your tools, all that’s left to do is play the game and have fun!
Now, we believe you should play a character however you feel like it, but if you are stuck, uncertain on how to play a rogue in 5e, we got you covered. But remember: watch your back and keep a blade handy (and some dice nearby) because you never know who's going to strike first. Along those lines, before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to create and play a rogue, there are two golden rules to playing a successful and powerful rogue: understanding the importance of dexterity, and choosing a sneaky playable race.
When building your character, your abilities will help define that character. A rogue’s strengths are not in strength, and while there are other abilities that can help your class (we’ll get into those when talking about subclasses), when building a character remember that dexterity is what makes your rogue be a rogue. When learning how to play a rogue in 5e, remember that dexterity is what will save the day.
Along those lines, research playable characters. While you can be a rogue regardless of what race you choose, there are a few races that have natural advantages and will help you get an advantage in the early game when playing a rogue:
- The classic, from Bilbo Baggins to today’s D&D games, halflings have always been known as the classic rogue of a party.
- They are small, skilled, and nimble with their fingers.
- Naturally, they have a +2 to Dex (essential if you want to have an easier start when learning how to play as a rogue in 5e), along with lightfoot.
- Elegant, mystical, skilled with a bow, another perfect example of a great rogue.
- They start out with +2 Dex, +1 Int, and get a free wizard cantrip to start.
- Another nimble race, the forest gnome has talents that make them a skilled rogue.
- They start out with +2 Int and +1 Dex and the spell Minor Illusion to start, which is great if you want to trick a wary guard or distract a merchant.
‘Just Between You and Me…’
This is a tip that can really be applied to any type of D&D character, but if you want to know how to play as a rogue in 5e and have fun while doing it, it would be helpful to know your character before you play. Knowing whether your character is good or bad, chaotic or orderly, and what their backstory is can be monumental in how your character will act. Having a backstory is a great way to build this character, giving a logical explanation to why you are playing a rogue a certain way. But of course, writing a backstory off the top of your head can be intense, so if you feel overwhelmed when trying to think, I highly recommend talking to your other players and the DM, who can help flesh out your character, and therefore how you can play as a rogue in 5e.
Workshopping your character with your fellow players and the DM doesn’t just help build your own character’s background, it’s a great way to create world-building together. By workshopping your character with your DM, your DM might open up the possibility of quests focusing on your past, and how you and your fellow players have known each other and the world around them. Working together is what D&D is really about, it’s about collaborating and creating an exciting and heart-pumping story that you can live in with your friends, and all you need is a bit of imagination and a bunch of dice.
But don’t worry! If you can’t build a backstory, a lot of people build a character through simply playing. The best way to learn how you can play as a rogue in 5e is by playing.
Rogue’s are essential to any D&D party because of a few skills:
- Stealth—the selling point of any skilled rogue. Stealth is how you perform sneak attacks, sneak around and pickpockets, steal vital quest items, and cause general mischief as a rogue.
- Lockpicking—who else is going to shimmy open windows, crack open prison cages, and reveal the treasures inside of chests? The answer is no one.
- Detect Traps—another skill that will make your dungeon diving adventures a little more bearable, the ability to detect traps is a literal lifesaver when playing a rogue.
- Sleight of Hand—snatching keys, stealing emeralds, grabbing the map to the treasure, this is how you can (and should!) play as a skilled rogue in 5e. Pickpocketing is a skill invaluable when it comes to finding an alternative to fighting your way through the world.
When building your character, make sure to prioritize these skills. As the rogue, you have a special set of skills no one else in your party can fulfill. And the more you use these skills, the more you realize how invaluable you are to the party.
Knowing Your Subclasses
You can always play the classic rogue, but below are a wide variety of subclasses, and each one can be played a certain way, and changes how you can play as a rogue in 5e.
- If you want to bring magic to the rogue class, this is the subclass for you.
- Not only can you bring illusions and optical trickery, but powerful destructive spells as well.
- Assassins are great at infiltrations and (duh) assassinations.
- This means you’re the ultimate sneaky killing machine, doing even more damage when doing a sneak attack.
- If you want to try playing a rogue that is insightful and perceptive, this subclass is meant for you.
- This is a perfect character to play if your campaign is filled with trap doors, invisible doors, and liars (like a court drama).
- If you want to learn how you can play as a rogue in 5e who speaks to the dead, like a walking, talking, and stabbing ouija board, the phantom is right for you.
- You also will have the ability to use necrotic damage without casting spells.
- Like the inquisitive, the mastermind is best used in a game with a lot of social interactions.
- If you want to manipulate, lie, deceive, and trick your way to the top of the world as a silver-tongued devil, look into being a mastermind.
- The scout is built for a ranged character, so if you want to be a sneaky rogue that mostly attacks with a bow, the scout is meant for you.
- If you want to know how to play as a rogue in a 5e campaign that is in the woods, this is a great choice because the scout has survivalist abilities as well.
- A creature all its own, your playing is psionics-based, coming from a pool of psionic energy allowing you to attack the enemy with psychic blades.
- If you want to try playing a psychic rogue, the soul knife is for you.
- Ahoy! The swashbuckler is a reliable combatant (even when compared to the other subclasses).
- Along with their combat skills, a swashbuckler is a charmer and it is recommended to dump skill points into Charisma. If you ever wanted to see how you play as a rogue a la the classic Jack Sparrow pirate in 5e, the swashbuckler is the perfect fit.
- The classic rogue: reliable, sneaky, and nimble.
- It might sound boring choosing the thief over these other subclasses, but if you want to have a lot of fun without being in over your head, the thief is the perfect place to start.
Losing is Fun
Depending on your DM, D&D can be a difficult game, and sometimes your character just might die. But remember, that thrill—the fear where you don’t know if your character will be caught or will even be alive at the end of the battle—is what makes D&D so much fun. And more importantly, it’s how you learn to play a rogue in 5e. The more you play a certain role, the better you are going to be. Failure is an essential part of life, without failure you won’t learn how you can be the best version of your character, and nowhere else is this more relevant than when you are playing a rogue.
Items are a whole new way to learn how to play a rogue in 5e. Before a character goes out and adventures, they are going to need tools, and a rogue, as a master of tricks and traps, is going to need a whole lot of tools. Do your research on items in 5e.
You’ll fall in love with researching every item because every item could be a new way to solve a problem. Grappling hooks, props, disguises, as a rogue, the world is yours, you just have to be mischievous enough. Playing a rogue is about being invisible, and navigating the world your way.
The rogue is a class full of fun and mischief. Its versatility allows you to learn how to play a rogue in 5e the way you want to. You just have to get out there and see what you like. Don’t be too afraid to break a rule or two. There’s a reason you put all those points into stealth.
The holiday season is approaching, and we all know what that means: presents. And quality time with loved ones. But everybody loves a good present. The key, of course, is the “good” part. You wouldn’t give a movie enthusiast a Suicide Squad Blu-ray. That would be like a punishment. Similarly, you want your D&D gifts for the special people in your life to be great. This list is a good place to get started. Below you’ll find the ten best Dungeons and Dragons-themed gift ideas that will be sure to wow that special someone. Give them a look and be the cool gifter this holiday season.
1. Arcane Vein
Arcane Vein is a metal D&D dice-set that ranks as one of our most popular offerings. It makes a great D&D-themed gift because it’s sleek and versatile. It’ll offer something for a wide range of players, no matter their interest or skill level. People love cool-looking things. This is one of the coolest looking D&D gifts you can get for a DM or other players.
Holoverse can be best summed up in one word: colorful. Players can leave behind reality and enter the endless bliss of the Matrix with these dice. Colors are brighter, things feel more real. Your loved ones are going to love this D&D gift for how eye-catching it is. They don’t even need to play D&D to appreciate it. They can just stare and admire it.
3. True Neutral
It’s smooth, it’s transparent, it’s what Apple wishes the iPhone looked like if not for technology limits. True Neutral is the perfect Dungeons and Dragons gift idea for those who enjoy the mysterious qualities of crystal-clear coating or just like a classic aesthetic that will never go out of style. Black and white is classic for a reason.
Woodwind is a premium wooden d20 die that’s designed specifically for music lovers. Each side has music notes in place of numbers for the user to add up. It’s a great D&D gift for bards or anyone who appreciates a classic musical feel.
5. Pumpkin Dice Latte
Okay, so we’re a little basic for this one, but that just means we’re widely appealing. Pumpkin Dice Latte captures all the greatness of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the essence of fall. This D&D gift for a DM or anyone else works perfectly if they love pumpkin spice or love fall so much they wish it wouldn’t end.
6. Infinity Dice (Metal Healer Gold Edition)
There’s no denying it: everybody loves gold. It looks elegant, luxurious, and valuable. Combine gold with our unique patented infinity d4 design, and you get Infinity Dice (Metal Healer Gold Edition). In addition to its glossy feel, the dice have golden pixellated hearts as marking symbols. It’s a perfect D&D gift for any gold or retro lovers, ideally both. Both is good.
7. America’s Ass
The MCU isn’t the largest film franchise of all time for nothing. This Dungeons and Dragons gift idea captures the classic feel of Captain America for any lovers of the franchise, or those who simply enjoy playing by a code of honor. With America’s Ass on your side, anything is possible. Your loved one will appreciate you for it.
8. Combat Tracking Pads
They may not be flashy like our other D&D gifts, but Combat Tracking Pads are a crucial tool for any serious D&D players. They keep track of all the valuable combat and stat information so your loved one doesn’t have to! The greatest gift you can give to your loved one this holiday season is having to do less math.
9. Desert Planet
If your loved one was as hyped for the release of Dune as we were, they’re going to love Desert Planet. Or maybe you just happen to really like the desert. Either way, this is a great D&D gift for a DM or anyone else. It has a smooth, reddish-orange finish mixed with light magenta to produce a dreamy, textured feeling that people love.
10. Midnight Sigil
Help your loved one conjure power from intricate runes using Midnight Sigil. This D&D gift is a classic gold-on-black design that gives the impression that they were crafted long ago for magical purposes. And now they’re going to bring magic to the table. No Dungeons and Dragons gift idea is better suited for arcane enthusiasts.
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If you've been a fan of ours for some time you might notice are website has a new look. I want to talk about specifically about the banner image that welcomes people to our shop. You'll notice something different here from our competitors. Usually, a dice company will put their best and newest product on the top of the page. This is a totally intelligent move. However, after thinking about what makes D&D great we choose a new route. Instead of focusing on product we are focusing on the joy that emerges when playing with friends. We started a series of art commissions. The prompt is "Dungeons and Dragons Characters Playing D&D." Other than the prompt, we are giving creative license for the artists to draw whatever that means to them.
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