Worldbuilding and Tabletop Gaming Buyer’s Guide 2020
Whether you’re looking to buy something for yourself or you want to get something extra special for that worldbuilder in your life, then we’ve put together a guide for a few must-haves. With the holiday season upon us, you may be feeling the crunch to get something your DM or tabletop game enthusiast will love. Here are a few ideas to add to your holiday shopping list for 2020!
The Worldbuilder’s Journal of Legendary Adventures
While this particular journal is geared towards Dungeons and Dragons, you can likely use it as inspiration for just about any worldbuilding need. This journal comes with a few prompts and questions that can help steer your very own worldbuilding session. By the time you’re done going through all of the prompts, you’ll have an in-depth and detailed world that your players or readers will love to lose themselves in.
The Worldbuilder’s Journal of Legendary Adventures makes the holiday list because it’s an official product from Wizards of the Coast, the creators of Dungeons and Dragons. It features 365 prompts that will ensure every aspect of your world is considered. Whether you’re just starting out with worldbuilding or you’ve been doing it for years, this journal can help keep track of your thoughts and finalize details that you may have missed.
You can pick it up here.
If you’re someone who doesn’t like to follow prompts, then this simple, but gorgeous, leatherbound journal may be what you need instead. Featuring genuine leather that’s soft to the touch, you can get yourself in the right mindset by using a high-quality journal to jot down your thoughts and ideas. Perhaps you have a few character sketches that you want to visualize. Maybe you need to make a rough sketch of a map or a region or a town.
This journal could be exactly what you need. If you’re a DM or GM that loves to take notes during a session, then this journal can easily fit right in with your campaign.
You may even find it works as a great gift for yourself if you play a character. You can write in the journal as your character to help immerse yourself further in the world and within your character’s head.
With 120 sheets of paper, you’ll be able to jot down plenty of thoughts and notes!
You can grab the leatherbound journal here.
Make Maps Easier
Maps are extremely useful for worldbuilders. It’s one of the starting points for creating a world. If you’re someone who loves to make visual maps either for yourself or someone else, or you know someone who loves making maps, then you may want to get them this guide to creating beautiful and eye-catching fantasy maps.
This guide takes you through a step-by-step process of how to draw regions, cities, and other illustrations. Whether you’ve never tried to draw before or you want to hone your skills, this book could help unleash your creativity.
You can buy the fantasy map-making guide here!
Those GMs and DMs that need a quick draw-up for a map will love this battlemap. One of the best things about this map is that it uses dry erase markers. That allows the map to be used over and over again. It’s also quite large, so you can fit a good-sized district on it. Whether you need something easy to quickly draw your ideas on or you find yourself in a pinch and need to quickly draw up a map for an encounter you hadn’t planned, this map is a great tool.
You can even use it in conjunction with your existing terrain or miniature cities! Whether you need a map like this or your DM does, you should consider giving them this incredible dry erase map for battles and city locations.
You can pick up the map here!
If you’re going to create worlds, then you need to read about a few first. There are tons of fantasy novels out there. You’ll want to read some that are more akin to the kind of world that you want to create. Reading fantasy books can help inspire you with some ideas and ensure that you know the common tropes that exist in those worlds. While you don’t need to include the same tropes in your own creation, it might be a good idea to at least know what they are, so you can turn them on their head.
Some must-reads are:
The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapkowski
A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin (Trust us, read the books, don’t watch the show.)
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (For those science fiction needs.)
Start Your Shopping
This is, by no means, an exhaustive list. Worldbuilders require a lot of software and note-taking equipment. If you’re looking to buy your favorite creator something special, then giving them the tools and inspiration they need to do their job easier can be a wonderful way to show them just how much you care. Let us in the comments if you have any other suggestions for gifts for the creators out there!