There are so many gorgeous options online for gaming supplies that it can be really difficult to choose exactly what you want. One of our personal favorites, though, that we would love to recommend to you, is Wyrmwood. Their high level of craftsmanship, great customer service, and charitable and ethical practices make their pieces a wonderful addition to your gaming table.
What it is.
Based out of Massachusetts, Wyrmwood is a woodworking company that creates and designs beautiful handmade supplies for D&D, Magic: The Gathering, and other RPGs. They pride themselves on their craftsmanship, which they ensure with the Craftsman’s Promise:
There is only one acceptable outcome for our Craftsmen: a product that they can take personal pride in and an -absolutely- satisfied client. If you are unsatisfied with your product for -any- reason at all, we will fully refund or replace the item free of charge. We always guarantee our products, and we will always pay for shipping.“Wyrmwood
Wyrmwood offers beautiful dice vaults, dice trays, deck boxes, dice towers, dice, and more, including custom gaming tables! Most of these articles can be purchased directly from their website, though some items, like the Adventurer’s Arsenal, will need to be pre-ordered.
We purchased a white oak dice vault and personal dice tray and a black walnut dice vault during the Black Friday weekend promotion, and we have a tabletop dice tray and second personal dice tray arriving sometime in March. The promotion meant that we got a few sets of dice for free (yay!), and we also ordered some of their new RPG dice that come in sets of 10. I love having the four d6 instead of just one; it’s so useful to have the extras on-hand and ready.
Each of these pieces are engraved with meaningful and memorable quotes from our duet. I love seeing those inscriptions while we’re playing; they serve as tangible reminders of those significant moments that mean so much to not just our characters, but to us as well.
I chose romantic quotes for mine, and Jonathan opted for humorous ones for his, so we struck a nice balance. The engravings are lasered into the sides of the vaults and trays and stand out against the lighter wood surrounding them, but not so much as to take away from the beautiful wood grain.
I really appreciated the extra care and attention to detail that the engravings on both of mine were centered, which looks a lot better since the quotes are so much longer, whereas the shorter quote on Jonathan’s dice vault is aligned with the right-hand side.
What it does.
To us, the dice vaults and trays both provide an extra aesthetic touch to our game and are supremely functional. We don’t have a traditional dining room, so we’re usually playing across from one another over the coffee table using side tables to hold our notebooks and other supplies. The dice trays make a really pleasant sound for rolling and contain the dice so they aren’t going everywhere or falling on the ground.
I also like the tray because it keeps multiple dice really accessible, and I can group them by type, making rolling for multiple characters per round of combat much faster.
Jonathan uses the dice vault to hold multiple sets of dice easily displayed during games so he can switch them out when
they betray him he needs to.
We both share the personal dice tray when we go to our friends’ house for group D&D sessions, and we keep both dice vaults and a few dice pouches in the tray while we’re traveling.
The dice vaults also come in handy for bringing supplies with us to Jonathan’s after-school D&D club. I go straight there after teaching in the afternoons, and I can grab the dice vault and keep it in my purse. The suede liner glued over the foam padding keeps the dice absolutely silent so I’m not clinking and clanking around campus, but I still have the fun reminder of what’s waiting in the late afternoon.
We opted for “some character,” right in the middle between “no character” and “extreme character,” and we’re really thrilled with how they turned out.
Why we love it.
Three reasons: customer service, craftsmanship, and charity. The second reason should really be high quality, but I’m making those synonymous to keep the alliteration.
I worked in retail for several years, and I’m really picky when it comes to customer service. Before we selected the white oak and black walnut, I had several questions about some of the specialty woods they offered and what the long-term accessibility of them would be. I knew we would want to order a Dungeon Master screen when it was next available and that we would want it to match our other items. They patiently and thoroughly answered my questions and clarifications so that I felt knowledgeable and assured making my purchase.
And then, the tiniest of disasters struck. When my dice tray arrived before Christmas, it was missing one of the periods. This was a tiny thing, quite literally, and I was really nervous asking for it to be fixed, because I was sure that they were going to be dismissive or think I was being ridiculous or high-maintenance.
Instead, they offered to send me a new one with all of the punctuation. I had already fallen in love with the dice tray I received, plus I don’t like to be wasteful, so I asked if, instead, we could fix the one I already had. They were incredibly accommodating, even at one of the busiest times of the year, and took care of the shipping for me to send my tray back to them so they could add the period and return it to me. The level of attention to detail and thoughtfulness meant so much to me.
One of the things we love about the RPG community is the level of artistry and craftsmanship inspired by the games we love, and Wyrmwood is a great example of that. Each piece celebrates the wood grain of the tree it originated from, and that connection to the natural and love of craft is really apparent in their creations. They’re put together so perfectly, and the edges and pieces are so pristine, that I remain constantly astounded that they’re handmade.
They also have a really clear wood sourcing ethics policy, and they even walk consumers through the different sides of different wood sourcing debates, explaining why they feel the way that they do about endangered species and why it’s so important to always ethically, sustainably, and transparently source lumber.
I perhaps should have begun here, but it seems a nice place to close as well. Wyrmwood has partnered with Take This,
a mental health nonprofit serving the game community/industry that provides resources, guidelines and training about mental health issues in the game community, thus reducing the stigma of mental illness.”Take This
This mission is so inspiring and important, and I love to see companies and groups that use their outreach and influence to try to help others.
In this partnership, Wyrmwood offers a Box of Hope:
Inside is a handcrafted Hope Shield, which functions as a worry stone and a reminder that we are not alone.”Wyrmwood
The Hope Shields are engraved with the sword logo for Take This, a reminder of strength and solidarity, and carved in the shape of a shield, a symbol of protection.
If you’re looking for something beautiful for yourself or someone else, be it an important reminder of care and support, a “thank you for DMing,” an “I love you,” or an “I think your character’s catch-phrase is so hilarious!” token, the craftsmen at Wyrmwood are ready to make something just for you.
If you’re new and are looking for how to start your duet, we’d love to help you get started with some advice and tips, and we also wrote an adventure so you can try out a two-person game!
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