Review: Wizards of the Coast – Laeral Silverhand’s Explorer’s Kit (Dungeons & Dragons)

Laeral Silverhand’s Explorer’s Kit
Laeral Silverhand’s Explorer’s Kit is an accessory for the epic fantasy Dungeons & Dragons, published by Wizards of the Coast.
By Aaron T. Huss

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Laeral Silverhand’s Explorer’s Kit is another dice accessories kit for Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms. It contains a fold-out map of the Sword Coast, a well-constructed dice-rolling box, a set of dice (with oversized d20s), and a collection of cards to use as visual aids. The dice are a beautiful ice blue color and the oversized d20s have the Dungeons & Dragons “&” symbols int he 20s position (a nice added touch). The map contains a highly-detailed overland map of the Sword Coast on one side and a detailed city map of the city of Waterdeep on the other side.

I am slightly torn on the visual aid cards as they are a mixture of locales and NPCs with there being twice as many NPC cards as there are locale cards. While I like the NPC cards, I REALLY like the locale cards which depict a beautiful piece of artwork of the location along with a brief overview of it. I actually think these are a bit more valuable as visual aids due to the difficulty of picturing a major location in your head compared to just an NPC. I feel it would have been better to do a 50/50 split, but that’s really just a personal opinion. This in no way affects the quality of the accessory kit.

As far as the utility use of these accessory kits, I find them to be excellent DM and player accessories, but more value for the DM. Besides the beautiful dice you can add to your likely large dice collection, you get a beautiful box to roll those dice and prevent them from falling off the table or knocking your minis over. Then you have the map and the visual aid cards… neither of which contain any spoilers or stats on them. Possibly the best design decision for these accessory kits is to include these maps and visual aid cards as a means to provide value for the person who wants to buy more than just one. You’re not getting just another set of dice, you’re getting a full accessory kit to enhance your gaming experience!

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