D&D has recently grown to new levels of popularity. With the reach of quality D&D streams and a number of people starting kitchen table games to connect with friends and family, there is a greater demand for D&D products than ever before. The problem with officially licensed Wizards of the Coast miniatures and terrain is that it can get expensive to acquire all the pieces you need to set a scene. What many dungeon masters and game creators are doing for their dungeons and dragons games is producing their own terrain.

Producing your own terrain can be a much better budget option than going to a game store and buying all the miniatures and sets to start your next D&D session. In this article, we are going to go through some tips on how you can create your own D&D terrain on a budget:

How to make budget miniatures:

2D Tokens

Rather than spending money on 3d figures for your miniatures, you could very easily create 2d tokens from cardboard punchouts. Pick up a 1 inch hole punch at your favourite office supply store or order a bag of 1-2inch punch out tokens that you can draw on. By using a grid and these tokens, you can simulate almost any dungeon setting and have the basic setup you need for hordes of monsters, character movement and more.

Raid Your Chessboard

Using a chess board you can repurpose many of the pawns to represent your characters or monsters on the map. You can print off paper cutouts to tape to the side to improve the immersion even further.

Budget Terrain Starts with a Whiteboard

A whiteboard or reusable grid board can be the cheapest method for building D&D terrain on a budget. If you can find a large table sized whiteboard, you can draw your own permanent grid to represent scaled distances for dungeons, travel and more. You can draw any terrain you want in dry erase markers from there and erase it as required.

Print on Cardstocks

There are plenty of online resources you can use for finding dungeon tiles to print. After finding the pieces you would want to print, go to your local print shop and print the dungeon tiles on card stock. You can have a wide range of dungeons built this way in a 2D format or mix and match cardstock tiles to move along with the party through different terrain.

Scavenge Components

If you get a bit crafty, you might be surprised what you can do with some old paper, cardboard and Styrofoam. All of these components that you might throw out after buying a new electronic device or find discarded on trash collection day could be repurposed into terrain. There are plenty of tutorials on how you can sculpt with Styrofoam, create D&D environments with cardboard and more. Experiment with materials you may have around the house and build stunning 3D components to your 2d dungeon tiles or whiteboard setup to add new depth.

Any of these budget improvements can add new weight to your campaign or one off session and help players get even more into the game. Remember that you don’t need to break the bank to make your D&D game more in depth and to keep your players coming back for more!

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