Review: Wizards of the Coast – The Witchlight Carnival Dice and Miscellany (Dungeons & Dragons)

The Witchlight Carnival Dice and Miscellany
The Witchlight Carnival Dice and Miscellany is an accessory kit for Dungeons & Dragons, published by Wizards of the Coast.
By Dave Pierson

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The following review includes The Witchlight Carnival Dice and Miscellany and the latest Dungeon Master’s Screen: Dungeon Kit.

A couple months ago we reviewed The Witchlight Carnival and as with some of their releases, Wizards of the Coast have also released some additional goodies to go along with the book. The Witchlight Carnival Dice and Miscellany collection is a treasure trove of items as it includes:

  • A set of 11 premium dice
  • A felt lined box that doubles as a dice rolling tray
  • Fold out map of The Witchlight Carnival itself and concept art
  • Double sided reference cards

The dice themselves fit the Witchlight theme with a nice-looking sparkly orange with blue numbering. They have a good weight to them and appear to be balanced. It’s nice to get a number of d20s and d6s for your use and the accompanying felt lined box is a perfect rolling tray. The tray continues the Witchlight theme with fantastical designs embossed in gold amongst an orange and black backdrop. It is a quality box, sturdy enough for you to carry your dice in, but not too rigid to survive being crushed in your backpack if you accidentally sit on it.

The fold out map of the carnival is a great companion piece to the adventure book itself, but what steals the show are the double-sided reference cards, each a companion to a character, creature, or carnival event in the adventure book. With detailed descriptions and illustrations, you can really provide a great visual for players on the vast variety of whimsical fey folk from the Witchlight Carnival.

Overall, The Witchlight Carnival Dice and Miscellany set is nice, but very focused on the adventure book The Witchlight Carnival. If you are looking for additional materials that you can use to enhance your play-through of The Witchlight Carnival, then this could be a good add for you. However, if you are only looking to add some quality dice to your collection, then you might want to pass as you may not get much use of the other items that are included.

Now I do like the idea of DM screens, but just haven’t found my groove in using one. Mainly because of space at the table and that we don’t like to hide our DM rolls from the players, but a good screen can be a great reference tool for both the DM and the player. Although we typically don’t use them at our table, I do like to collect them for the art.

The Dungeon Master’s Screen: Dungeon Kit is a good tool for any starting out DM. The screen itself is made of thick, study card stock with amazing art capturing the essence of dungeon traversing. The inside has your standard DM tools such as conditions, setting DCs, and example of Damage, as well as some dungeon delving specific encounters, descriptions, and locations. As I noted above, a good DM screen provides information to the Dungeon Master at their fingertips and this checks that box.

In addition to the DM screen itself, the Dungeon Kit also comes with several tools for the DM and their players. The double sided, dry erase handout describes the actions that a player can take during combat on one side (I know even our experienced group still asks – “can I do that”) and a numbered grid map that can be used in multiple ways – from drawing out a dungeon room to keeping track of your path in the dungeon so as to not get lost. Given the size of the map, I can’t imagine being able to draw out the entire dungeon experience, but it’s still a good tool for you and your players.

The final entry of helpful tools the kit provides are the punch-out cards and card box for storage. Altogether there are 7 sheets of cards that can be helpful from tracking initiative to conditions to creating your own dungeon on the fly. The card box continues the dungeon theme with art from the DM screen. They are a nice tool, however I do wish they were laminated much like the action one pager so they last through the wear and tear of play, but overall they are a nice to have.

Overall, the Dungeon Master’s Screen: Dungeon Kit is a good addition to the collection of available DM screens produced by Wizards of the Coast. I like the dungeon delving theme and art and also appreciate the punch out cards that can be used. The only drawback I had was wishing the cards themselves were laminated as well for long term use.

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