So earlier in the year, I changed the subtitle of the blog to “In 2021 it is about solo wargaming and online TTRPGs.” But is it? I’m already fully vaccinated, and in a few weeks my entire family will be as well. More and more friends are getting vaccinated as well. And while being vaccinated doesn’t mean you are completely safe, I think the timeline to returning to in-person interaction, and in-person gaming in particular.
Which is good news for me, because while Roll20 is terribly convenient in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to throwing stuff together, but in terms of my own enjoyment it is profoundly lacking. But it is unlikely that I would be gaming at my own home; it is just not conducive to having a lot of people over right now. That means gaming at a store, a friend’s house, my place of work (which is surprisingly useful that way), or even a local bar that is built about having people game there.
Which got me thinking about my travel kit for gaming. Previously I carried everything around in a plastic storage bin which was bulky and heavy but also contained everything: two Player’s Handbooks, a Monster Manual, Dungeon Master’s Guide, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, a DM’s screen, a filament box of terrain, a wipeable battle mat, and two bins of WotC pre-painted miniatures. That’s not including the three ring binder with my adventure info in there. That was a lot, usually two trips’ worth.
So what exactly do I want in an ideal travel kit? Let me say, first off, that I’m not interested in digital options, like rulebooks on tablets. I just don’t like how they work and operate more easily with a real book. But I don’t need every book I have; for example, I don’t really need Xanathar’s Guide, or even a Monster Manual if I have the stats for the monsters of the session. So again, what I’m looking for:
- Small enough to be carried in a single case
- Enough of the rules to run a typical D&D session
- Miniatures for the session
- The Level Up gaming table accessory
- My gaming session notes
This will be a bit of an ongoing project, but I’ll keep you all updated. Suggestions welcome!