Your First Adventure: Essential Gear for New Players

Your First Adventure: Essential Gear for New Players

Are you a new player excited to dive into the magic of tabletop role-playing games (TRPGs) like Dungeons & Dragons? Or perhaps a friend looking for the perfect gift for someone new to the hobby? Fear not, for every great journey starts with the right preparation. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the essential gear and resources a new player needs to start their TRPG adventure.

  1. A Starter Kit

The easiest way to begin a TRPG journey is with a starter kit. For D&D, the "Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set" or "Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit" are excellent choices. These kits typically include: A Rulebook: An abridged version of the core rules to get you started; An Adventure Module: A pre-written adventure to guide your first few sessions; Character Sheets: Pre-generated characters to jump right into the action; Dice: A set of polyhedral dice, essential for gameplay.
These kits provide a comprehensive introduction to the game, making it easy for new players to jump in and start playing.

  1. Player’s Handbook (PHB)

While starter kits are fantastic, eventually, you'll want to expand your knowledge with your system’s equivalent of a Player’s Handbook (PHB). Whether it’s Dungeons and Dragons or another rule system, there is usually a core rulebook which contains all the information players need to create characters and play the game. Some systems have one general book that covers everything, while others will have a book especially designed for players. The right book will cover everything from character creation and combat to abilities and equipment. Having your own copy will be invaluable as you dive deeper into the game.

  1. Dice Set

Dice are an integral part of TTRPGs. Depending on the game you are playing, you may want a set of polyhedral dice, or a set of d6 or d10 dice. A polyhedral set will include seven dice: 1d4, 1d6, 1d8, 1d10, 1d100, 1d12, 1d20. The number after the d typically indicates how many faces the die will have, though for the d100, this is usually a 10 sided die with numbers in the 10s. It is rolled together with the d10 to make numbers from 1 - 100.


These dice are used to determine the outcomes of your actions and add an element of chance to the game. Investing in a good set of dice can make rolling for your character even more exciting.

  1. Character Sheets

Character sheets are where you record all the details about your character, from their abilities and skills to their equipment and backstory. Blank character sheets are often available for free online, and many TRPG systems provide digital versions that can be filled out and saved. Keeping a well-organised character sheet is key to a smooth and enjoyable game experience.

  1. Record-keeping tools

TRPGs involve a lot of record-keeping, and having basic supplies will make the process smoother. You might want to keep plenty of pencils, paper, and erasers on hand for taking notes, tracking character information, and sketching out maps and plans. Or if you’re a digital gamer, consider investing in a notebook app or having a document just for keeping notes. As you play, you will find yourself jotting down important plot points and NPC names to keep track of the story.

  1. Online Resources and Communities

The internet is a treasure trove of TRPG resources. Websites like D&D Beyond offer digital tools, character builders, and online rulebooks. Additionally, joining online communities such as Reddit’s r/DnD or various Discord servers can provide support, inspiration, and advice from experienced players. These resources can enhance your game and connect you with other players.

  1. A Sense of Adventure

Last but certainly not least, bring your sense of adventure, creativity, and willingness to collaborate. TRPGs are all about collective storytelling and imagination. Embrace the unexpected, dive into your character's persona, and enjoy the journey with your fellow adventurers.

In conclusion, starting a new TRPG journey as a player requires a few essential items and a lot of enthusiasm. With the Player’s Handbook, dice, character sheets, and a supportive community, you'll be well-equipped to embark on epic quests and create unforgettable stories. So gather your gear, rally your friends, and step into the wondrous world of tabletop role-playing games—adventure awaits!

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