As you may know, there’s something of a roleplaying and tabletop game Renaissance going on. More people than ever are starting D&D groups, doing family boardgame nights, and painting and fielding tabletop miniatures. The RPG, board, and miniature game markets have seen significant and steady growth over the past five years. For those of us who’ve been gamers our entire lives, this is a very exciting time.
One of the hallmarks of the current game craze is the creation of far more “environmentally rich” games, both from game publishers who are including more miniatures, cards, terrain pieces, elaborately-designed game boards and playing mats than ever before, and from players who are embracing miniature painting, terrain making, and other aspects of the gaming hobby in increasing numbers. Just as online project sharing, more affordable building materials, 3D printing, and other modern DIY technologies have fueled other areas of making, they’ve been a boon to the gaming hobby.
From all this has emerged a new category of making known as DM Crafting (DM as in “Dungeon Master”) with many YouTube channels devoted to it. DM crafting is about building your own dungeons, tabletop buildings and terrain, dice towers and trays, DM screens, maps, and custom gaming tables.
If you’re interested in taking your gaming to the next level of environmental richness, designing your own games, and building an actual tabletop dungeon for your group to go adventuring in, we’ve put together this guide to some of the better, more popular DM crafting channels on YouTube and some cool projects to get you started.
Basic Dungeon Floor Tiles with Black Magic Craft
Simple Stone Bridge with DM Scotty
Build an Inn for Your Adventurers with Wylock’s Crafting
Miniature Treasure Hordes with Mini Terrain Domain
Making Gypsy Wagons with Dungeons & Glue Sticks
https://youtu.be/QGMXygG-vC4There’s something really mysterious and magical about a gypsy wagon. If you follow along with this video on Dungeons & Glue Sticks, you’ll end up with a really gorgeous little gypsy wagon to use in your games. A lot of people are currently playing the vampire-based Curse of Strahd D&D campaign, which includes a deck of fortune telling cards called the Tarokka. Imagine a gypsy showing up in one of these cool wagons to do a reading of these fortune-changing cards.