Your most used accessories?

Legatus_Legionis

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I have all PC sheets as individual spreed sheets on my computer. For easy updating (and printing out). Always a clean sheet for the start of each new module.

Followed by having the random treasure generator for the Encyclopedia Magica on a easy spreed sheet I have printed out. My better than having to bring the four volumes around.

Next would be my specialized charts for character creation, with background generating.
 

ccs

39th lv DM
If I can't claim dice, then it'd have to be my red gaming bag I got at GenCon back in '01/'02(? It doesn't have a year on the patch).
I've used it multiple times per week since the day I bought it. 17+ years of continuous use is a lot of use....
Odds are if I'm gaming it's with me.
 


I've been using Paizo's GameMastery Treasure Cards, and for helping players keep track of their stuff when there are weeks between sessions, they're indispensable. I place yellow sticky notes on backside with handwritten info, and my players now use Topper card protectors to keep track of them.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
One of my players got me this artist’s easel and storage drawer:

U.S. Art Supply Walnut Solana Adjustable Wood Desk Table Easel with Storage Drawer, Paint Palette, Premium Beechwood - Portable Wooden Artist Desktop, Board for Canvas, Painting, Drawing, Book Stand https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZXWF2Y1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_j-wQCbR3ADYB7
It stands my Paizo initiative tracker up nicely during the game and keeps my dice, pens and index cards neatly stored between sessions. Not sure what to do with the paint palette :)
 

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Shiroiken

Adventurer
Back when I played IRL games it was 4E, so laptop with internet was invaluable because of WotC's online tools. Before that I'd say the Chessex wet-erase battlemaps, since combat in 3E and 4E was much better with it. In the AD&D days, the DM screen was almost mandatory because of all the charts and such.

Now I play on Roll20, so "accessories" really aren't a thing. We have found something pretty useful, probably even for IRL games: Google Drive. The DM creates a folder with all the campaign information in it, with a sub-folder for characters. Everyone puts their character on it, updating after each session. This way the DM can always look up something for a missing player, and the players can look up campaign information away from the session.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I've finally settled into a pattern. While I have lots of purchased and homemade terrain and game aids in the wings, the following see use in every game of my D&D campaign (I'm the DM).

1. My House

Best. Game. Aid. Ever. Players come to you can I have all my books and game aids on bookshelves behind me. I always have tables and comfortable chairs for the group. I have no issues with surrounding noise making it difficult for us to hear each other. I have a stocked fridge in arms reach. I can set up everything on the tables before going to bed and all I have to do in the morning before players arrive is start the coffee.

2. Decent chairs.

I would like to upgrade them, but they a better than wooden kitchen chairs and any chair I've every seen at any FLGS or gaming convention. I run eight-hour games. The cost of good office chairs may seem out of reach, but I got mine for a steal on Craigs List from a company that was downsizing. Another good option is to check out furniture rental companies. Many of them have furniture clearance warehouses where you can find good deals on quality used office furniture.

3. Digital battlemap.

I have a 40" display encased in a custom made case by Collabrewate. I is so much easier to throw up a map on this than to have to print out battlemaps on large-scale printers or to have to pause the game to draw things out on a wet/dry erase grid mat/board.

4. 2D miniatures.

Someone above mentioned Arc Knight. I backed their Kickstarter and have hundreds of fantasy minis from them. I also have a Silhouette paper-cutting machine that I use to quickly and cleanly cutout 2D paper miniatures. Printable Heroes and One Monk Miniatures are my go-to creators. I also bought the cardboard 2D miniatures for Tome of Beasts and the Creature Codex by Kobold Press. I bought a large box of US letter-sized envelopes to organize the minis. I just put the flat minis into an envelope, write the name of the creature or NPC type on the envelope in large letters with a black marker, and then file them in a box that is letter-size width and organize them alphabetically. I have thousands of minis organized alphabetically at my fingertips. And I can easily grab the box and take to FLGS without having to do any preparation.


5. Slotted Bases + Alea Tools

All of the Arc knight and paper minis I have, have tabs at their bottom for use with slotted bases. I have a bunch from the Tome of Beasts, Creature Codex, and Arc Knight kickstarters. I also bought a bunch from LITKO. I also bought a set of Alea Tools magnetic status markers and I put magnetic stickers on the bottom of my slotted paper bases.


6. Bag of Superior Sorting

I got this from a kickstarter. The creator had some personal issues and delivered the kickstarter very late and it unfortunately looks like these are not in production. But this is the greatest dice bag I've ever owned.

7. Measuring Sticks

I made a number of measuring sticks using the instructions on the DM's Craft You Tube Channel. I originally created these for gridless play as I was using felt terrain and gridless maps as well as homemade terrain. But even with gridded battlemaps, they are helpful to quickly measure movements without having to count squares.

8. Time Tracker

I printed out and laminated the Time Tracker by Woopdedoo on DM's Guild. Tracking time is important in my current campaign and this makes is fairly easy.

9. Laptop and Software

While I could do much of my DM work on my smart phone with D&D Beyond, I need my laptop to run RealmWorks, which I use to manage my campaign and display maps. Along with RealmWorks, I use Hero Lab (for monster statblocks and combat tracking) and Evernote (for taking notes).
 
Lego minis, spell/action cards, DM's screen and (obviously) character sheets.

All of them custom-made, do they count?

No battlemats, we measure distances with rulers (also custom-made with Lego).
 

5ekyu

Adventurer
For campaign data, development, discussion pages, recaps etc OneNote is my lifesaver. Some pages shared to players, others where they can edit, discuss, maintain logs etc.
 

Tallifer

Adventurer
My school's beam projector and a whiteboard to display the creatures, rooms and landscapes which the characters see.
 

akr71

Explorer
I was going to say my dry erase Adventure Grid from WotC, but I have access to a large format plotter at work, so that has been replaced by 24" x 36" grid on plain white paper with a sheet of plastic overtop it. Roll it up and go.

However, the accessory that I absolutely must have is my laptop. My notes are all on my Google Drive and DND Beyond has everything else I need.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Thanks for the detailed list [MENTION=6796661]MNblockhead[/MENTION], that Time Tracker looks really cool. Actually it would be perfect on the flip side of my initiative tracker!
 

Winterthorn

Monster Manager
Lego minis, spell/action cards, DM's screen and (obviously) character sheets.

All of them custom-made, do they count?

No battlemats, we measure distances with rulers (also custom-made with Lego).
As both an AFOL and a DM, I salute you! Excellently done!! :cool:
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Thanks for the detailed list @MNblockhead, that Time Tracker looks really cool. Actually it would be perfect on the flip side of my initiative tracker!
Only if used with wet erase, perhaps. But the way I use it, it is always set out on the table to my left. I have a number of small six-sided dice in various colors that I use as markers.

Note - that this time tracker has an initiative tracker built in so you may be able to use it for both. I don't use it for initiative as I use Hero Lab for complex encounters or just write it out on a piece of paper. Even having to erase wet/dry erase marker from a combat pad or similar is too much hassle for me. Also, I printed the Time Tracker at a smaller scale so that it takes up less table space. So I it would not be convenient for me to use to track initiative. But as a way to track rounds, turns, minutes, hours, and days - it is a great aid. I tick of days with wet erase (as the bottom of the tracker) but use my little d6 dice as time and tickler markers.

This has really helped me remember to roll for random encounters, track status effects, and to generally track in-game time. I've been using it for a few months now. I found it when I was researching better method for tracking time before starting my current Rappan Athuk campaign. Wish I would have found it years ago.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
All of them custom-made, do they count?
Of course! Can't imaging NOT customizing a DMs screen, even if it is just putting post-it notes on a purchased one. I like the recent DMs screens from WotC (did *NOT* like any of its precursors) -- I have the one with the red dragon flying away griping a fighter in a claw -- but one you've DM'd for awhile you don't need to look up half the stuff printed on it. So I've pasted references I find more useful over the ones I don't need. In particular, I made a chart based on the DMG variant mob rules to easily determine how many of a particular enemy are needed for an auto hit based on AC.

I also put campaign-specific post-it notes on my screen to remind me of any homebrew or variant selection for the campaign I'm currently running.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
This has really helped me remember to roll for random encounters, track status effects, and to generally track in-game time. I've been using it for a few months now. I found it when I was researching better method for tracking time before starting my current Rappan Athuk campaign. Wish I would have found it years ago.
Yep, this has been an issue for me too, which is why I appreciated the AngryGM’s idea (that this TimeTracker is derived from, and makes so convenient).

What final size did you go for?
 

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