by Mike Shea on 6 February 2012
They finally found you. After years of tracking you down, the Company uncovered your secret lair and plan to take you down...tonight! But you got a tip and you're on the way out the door. You have your belt of gold krugerrands, your Sig-Sauer P226, and your emergency cyanide capsule. But what about your DM Kit? What if you find yourself hiding out in Terre Haute, Indiana with five nerds starving for some D&D?
Today we'll talk about all the components you might want to carry in that D&D DM Walk-Away kit, whether it's for a convention or for a quick trip to a friend's house. This is a perfect kit to fit easily into your luggage and let you run many a D&D 4e game.
Most of the actual D&D materials in this pack comes from the D&D Starter Set. Though of limited use in a home campaign, the box comes with a lot of materials useful for a walk-away DM kit. The poster map is an excellent resource, as are the PC and monster tokens. The DM book includes enough rules to keep a game going and enough monsters to let you build out a few small adventures. It even has a spare set of dice.
If you want a better dry-erase flip map and some stand-up cardboard tokens, the Pathfinder Beginner Box contains both of these. They're great for a walk-around kit and stand-up tokens are nicer than the flat ones in the starter pack. Unless you play Pathfinder, though, you won't get much else from the box.
Dry-erase markers are great for writing on the plastic sleeves of character sheets or on the dry-erase poster map. The thick black retractable markers last for a long long time while the colored ones let you draw out a bit more detail on the flip map.
3x5 cards are a DM's ultimate tool for tracking initiative, handing out secret notes, outlining a short adventure, keeping track of NPCs, or a variety of other purposes. Always have a small stack on-hand.
Colored hair-ties, available for a few bucks at Walgreens, work perfectly for tracking bloodied creatures and other status effects. They're very light-weight which is important for our kit.
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