Upgrading Your Dragon’s Den

We have all seen the amazing dungeons that celebrities and hard core enthusiasts play in. Glimpses of these settings are cool, high tech, or even actual dungeons. I have always wanted my very own dungeon to have awesome adventures in. Sadly, I don’t have a basement to remodel so I looked up ways to make my living room look more like a nerdy D&D haven.

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It isn’t exactly a dungeon but we found a few ways to upgrade our space to match our desired look. I will say that we already had a few pieces for our space. When we started, I painted a good sized canvas all black with a red D&D symbol. Throughout the years we have filled in the names of the campaigns we played, the dates of each campaign, and the names of characters as well as players. This was all written out in gold marker over the black and red background. We definitely wanted this to be a prominent placeholder in the room. I also included the little magical door of our favorite vendor, Asterisk, that I painted a while ago. It was a cool looking door wall decoration that I painted to represent his door.

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My husband and I dedicated an entire wall to D&D. We bought a pair of LED Sconce Lights to mount on the wall. They cost us about twenty bucks on Amazon. They have an automatic six hour timer. I have it set for the evening hours so they turn off a little bit after we go to bed. We also got a bunch of LED strip lights and smart bulbs after trying them out. They were actually cheaper cheaper than normal bulbs, so we just buy those from now on. It makes lighting to match the mood a really nice touch. We got the LED lights to match and attached some to the underside of some of our entertainment center nooks as well as the back of the TV. I started building a little showcase of some of our best and most prized miniatures.

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Over the years we have bought a variety of miniatures and bricks that helped build our collection. I took some of the empty boxes of the different lines we purchased and pinned them to the wall from inside to create a 3D pop effect above the campaign painting. We still have our collection of Critical Role Pops, minus trinket unfortunately. All of these elements are bringing a bit more of our dragon’s den come to life. There are also some future adjustments and added decorations that we will add later. We have a few more LED strip lights that we want to line the wall edges with. I also want to get a small “museum” style light to illuminate the painting from underneath.

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There are little, inexpensive ways to bring your own dragon’s den to life. So far I think it looks pretty cool. With a new campaign on the way, we wanted to bring our game up a level or two and wow our players. I can’t wait to change the lighting to announce a fight or interaction! It was a way for us to celebrate our love of the game and have even more fun.

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Published by dndwife

My husband and I run a dungeons and dragons table together and I write about our crazy adventures both in and out of the story. My husband DM's and I am the table artist. I paint minis for everyone at the table and provide crafted gifts like dice boxes, bags, and artwork.

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