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Get Your Own D&D Dungeon

If you have extra space, what better use can you have for it than a D&D game room aka dungeon? If you’ve seen Joe Manganiello’s dungeon, you know what a dedicated D&D game room can look like. Of course, you probably don’t bring in the same money (or have Sofia Vergara as a wife), but you can still make the best of what you have.

The Room

First of all, line your dungeon in acoustic panels. You and the guys get boisterous so products like these can make sure the noise doesn’t warrant a call to 911, especially with your players screaming, “I chop his head off and drink his blood!” You can hide the panels behind custom curtains or just plain red or purple ones. Enhance the immersion with a few large pieces and some fancy trinkets. Try to acquire a suit of armor (a replica, of course) a few swords, axes, crossbows, and maybe a mounted fantasy creature or two. Use LED torches for lighting and leave a few hand-crafted tomes lying around. You can even commission an artist to do a mural on your ceiling — maybe one of flying dragons, battling gods, or wizards riding bathtubs.

The Table

Don’t even attempt those high-tech flat-screen table setups; they get easily damaged, especially if you’re rolling dice or spilling drinks. A wooden table will do fine, especially one with storage drawers. These drawers can hold the character sheets, bags of chips, and a drink or two. Drawers make sure the tabletop will be solely used for the map and miniatures. You can have your tabletop inlaid with a thin metal sheet and then cover it with a gridded tarp. That way, you can put magnets on your minis and terrain, and they’ll keep their place on the table no matter what happens. A 4-feet by 6-feet table should be enough to hold the party; a larger table would make it hard for the DM to manage the minis and terrain features.

The Tech

Hand remote control television screen You’ll need sounds and a few visual representations — for that you’ll need a few speakers and maybe a smart TV that’s connected to your laptop. Since you’re going for immersion, try to conceal your speakers or try to make their casings look like crates or chests. You can even create a façade of a screaming orc, demon, or whatever magical beast with a mouth that you can think of. Play your favorite RPG music or just ambient sounds related to the encounter. Connecting your laptop to a television allows you to send previously prepared visual representations to your players, whether it’s a monster, NPC, or location. Seeing how the monsters or NPCs look like on a TV screen allows your players to immerse themselves more thoroughly in the encounter you prepared. You don’t have to be a celebrity to build your own gaming dungeon. Start with a few elements and continue building towards your vision, and you’ll eventually have the dungeon you’ve dreamed about.
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