Random Things: Gothic horror trinkets for D&D 5E

These random things articles are designed as quick idea generators for time-pressed GMs who want to inject some additional details into their game, in this article we look at trinkets. Trinkets were one of my favourite things about character generation in D&D 5th Edition, each character starts with at least one, a small item or curiosity that has some odd property or something strange about it, it’s not a powerful magic item, just something interesting that could spur conversation and plot.

These items can of course be used in other RPGs.

To honour the recent of the Curse of Strahd by Wizards of the Coast this article provides 100 gothic/horror themed trinkets that can be substituted for those in the 5E PHB.

What the hell are Vistani?

Sébastien Allard from RPG Brigade facebook community raised the very good point that people who are unfamiliar with Ravenloft (the inspiration for this article) might not know what a Vistani is.

Simply put, Vistani are an imaginary, fictional re-imagining of the Romani people (gypsies) used in the Ravenloft setting, you can simply subsititute any mention of the Vistani for gypsies or the equivalent in your campaign world; if you want to know more about the Vistani, this is a good place to start:


Update 07/06/19 13:57 – After a Duncan Thomson kindly shared mty chart on Twitter, I have moved the chart to Chartopia (since it allows me to embed the chart in the blog post. Hopefully I do some more charts in future using Chartopia and may get round to adding some of my older ones on there.

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