Instant Campaign Builder Part II: Props
This article is part of the Instant Campaign Builder Project.Impress your players
Your players don’t need to know that you only spend 1 hour or less preparing for each game. They just want to be entertained. They want something different.
It makes an imaginary world more real, tangible. If you tell your players that their characters find an old ring in a chest and you actually hand them a worn ring, they’ll be impressed. It definitely adds something to a game.
7 props suggestions for your D&D game
- An old parchment. Soak a sheet of paper in watered down coffee then let it dry. You’ll have a crispy, old parchment.
- Gold pieces – real ones! Check out the Campaign Coins website. I learned about these thanks to this Treasure Tables post about GenCon products.
- Jewelry. You can find worthless necklaces or rings at thrift stores, garage sales, or even at home.
- A bottle with a message in it. A little cliche but your players should forgive you if you actually hand them a bottle. Opening the bottle and fetching the message inside will be like opening a Christmas present.
- NPC character sketches. I like to browse JCM’s RPG art every now and then for character sketches. He takes requests and commissions too.
- A sand rose or volcanic rock. Anything strange or unique object will do.
- An old compass or any anachronism. That could be a good plot hook!
I posted this article early in the series for a reason. If you design your adventure and then try to find props that fit you might come up empty handed. By finding a prop and then molding a scene around it you make sure you can enliven your game and you just might be inspired by all the random odd objects you find in your garage!
Sometimes I do this with miniatures. Before I plan a scene around an encounter I peruse available miniatures – whatever I find is what the PCs will face.
What props have you used or seen in a game before?
Please share your ideas and experience!
This article is part of the Instant Campaign Builder Project.