Using Legos for D&D

Introduction: Using Legos for D&D

About: I kind of get in to everything. Games, computers, outdoors, cuisine, all the way to getting my hands dirty on some old machine (except cars. I HATE working on cars!). To tell you the truth, I love tinkering...

As an avid player of D&D, finding ways to build a map and mini figures for cheap became a necessity. I've used dry-erase boards, glass chess boards, poster boards, etc.

Then I realized I had a ton of lego's in a tub. So this is how we play:

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Step 1: Making the Board

Get a green platform or one around that size

Draw a grid on it (2x2 allows for a lot of "area" by making a map 80'x80'. 4x4 makes for better smaller areas like rooms and such)

Trying to get enough matching colors is a bit tough unless you already have thousands upon thousands of certain sets but for now, just use what you have.

"This bar has a rainbow colored wall..." Best line while playing with Legos

Step 2: "tiling" the Map

Setting down the flatter "tile" Legos is a good way to set differences in terrain. Blue tiles for a flowing river, black for a hole in a decrepit floor. Even building up for a stair way with a raised platform. You get the idea

If you don't have enough to do something like that then just use your imagination and use what you got.

Step 3: Mini Figures

Probably the worst part of using Legos for D&D. Mini figures are costly since they only have a few to a set and the individual ones are a tad over priced. On top of that, getting one that's unique and resembles your character is even more challenging (unless playing a Star Wars version of D&D). Finding a hood and quiver for the archer, a helm and plate mail for the fighter, you get it. You could paint up a figure. I'm looking into making custom pieces from scratch (it would be super easy if I had a 3d printer, then I could make my own entirely). But for now this is the best I can do

Step 4: Putting It All Together

The hardest part of playing D&D this way is having to build the scene on such short notice, building a warehouse takes a little time. However it's super awesome to have that set up when playing.

I hope you enjoy and leave a vote if you liked it.

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    2 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Kinda useful but I recommend buying the actual D&D Maps and any feature you would like to draw attention to make them out of lego, then buy as many Castle(new and old), Kingdoms, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Ninjago, and Nexo Knights as you can. Buy interesting charcaters from the Minifigures line and use the base plates for your D&D player's characters.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice project, thanks for sharing! Great use for Legos!