Monday, February 23, 2015

Artisan Toolkits: Introduction

One of the aspects of Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons that I enjoy is the looseness of it. The game doesn't bog you down with knowing all the minutia that make up a thief's toolkit and that's great - but there are times when I actually want to know what goes into a kit because there might be something there that's integral to how it's used or that makes choosing one preferable to another. I mean, what is actually different between a smith's traveling tool set and a mason's? How do I know that one can't be used in substitution with the other? I don't know the answer; but I want to find out. So over the course of the next few days I'm going to be looking into the Artisan Toolkits and making them into a more defined list that should help answer those questions and a few others that arise in the process.

This guide will lay out what is actually contained in each toolkit, how much those contents might actually weigh, and then come to a reasonable price for those items using the gold standard we're all so familiar with. Once I'm done with everything I'll collect it all in a free PDF that will be available at the end.

I'm releasing this series under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Artisan Toolkit Series


  1. Is this kind of detail really important to your game?

  2. Absolutely. Both as a player and as a Dungeon Master I tend to play more with my wits than with just a simple roll of the die. Knowing what I have gives me an advantage and allows me to expand the possibilities of what I do instead of limiting it to just what the die says is possible.

  3. These are really interesting. I encourage you to combine the lot into a final set into pdf format we can all easily use. I really appreciate the thought and through descriptions. This level of detail can provide inspiration for a full evenings story line. My players will love it - many ways to solve problems and it make their background skills and gear far more useful.

    1. That's the plan Kurt!

      Oh, and I'm so glad that you're enjoying them! I should be wrapping up the series in September, 2015

  4. I'd love to see this continued, if it's something you're still interested in doing. :)
    For me personally, you've done the one I was interested in (calligraphy), so I've found this project quite useful, as I'm sure others would as well.

    My character will be scribing spell scrolls so personally I think it makes sense for him to have a really nice, possibly magical set of scribing tools and inks.

    1. Working on it my friend. Should see it completed in 2017.


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