The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s not always easy to shop for the gamer in your life. Don’t fret. I’m here to help. I’ve prepared a series of gift guides to help you navigate the waters of games and accessories that are sure to please both new and veteran gamers alike. Each guide will be tailored to a different crowd, and each of them will contain links to the other as they get posted. Whether it’s stocking stuffers you’re after or a mega game to put a smile on their face, I’ve got you covered.
Dungeons & Dragons has the public eye more than it ever has in its history, and it’s seen in a more positive light than back in the ’80s. Wizards of the Coast has had success with 5th Edition, the most easily approachable edition ever released while podcast/streaming phenomena like Critical Role, as well as shows like Stranger Things, have trust the game into the limelight. With more people playing than ever, there’s a wealth of content out there for players to consume. What to get the D&D player in your life? Here are some suggestions.
Other 2020 Gift Guides:
[A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: RPGs] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Family Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Expansions] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Board Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Cornerstone Games] [A Pawn’s Perspective 2020 Gift Guide: Gaming Accessories]
The latest official D&D book released by Wizards of the Coast, Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything provides players and DMs with more options for characters, spells, puzzles, and more. It’s the first time since Xanathar’s Guide to Everything that such a large volume of rules updates and options has been released. Most hardcore fans will probably already have this book, but it’s a must-have for any player and would make an excellent gift. You can read my full Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything review here.
Got a Lovecraft fan on your list? Sandy Petersen’s Cthulhu Mythos is a large book that brings Lovecraftian horror to D&D 5e. Pages of lore, monsters, new playable races, spells, and relics fill this book, as well as rules for formulaic magic, corruption, and madness. Stats for the Great Old ones are included that provide more than just a block of monster stats, but an entire encounter to be played against each of the Elder Gods. You can read all about it in my Cthulhu Mythos 5e review.
The Uncaged Anthology is four volumes of adventures revolving around female mythological creatures or monsters that subvert the normal tropes surrounding them. Each book separates adventures by tier level and includes trigger warnings for the content contained within. You can snag them as a bundle, or individually in either print or PDF. Masterfully written and illustrated, you can read Uncaged Vol 1 review, the only title so far that I’ve given a perfect five stars.
A digital collection of adventures that take inspiration from classical anime, especially Studio Ghibli movies. Familiar to fans of the genre, Eyes Unclouded is whimsical, family-friendly, and filled with easter eggs and references. Also included in the book are recipes to make and enjoy from your favorite adventures. Unfortunately, there’s no print version yet, but the PDF is extremely well done. Check out my Eyes Unclouded review for more info on the book.
Humblewood is a campaign setting revolving around anthromorphic animals and the world they live in. It’s 200 pages of new playable races, subclasses, items, monsters, spells, adventures, and world lore. The art ranges from breathtaking to adorable. Put out my the same company that released the Animated Deck of Many, it’s one of the most well-done 3rd party campaign books I’ve seen to date.
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