Preparing for a game
Before attending a D&D Newbie Session, you should make sure you have Discord installed, a character selected, and an Astral account setup. Read our step-by-step guide to get started.
- Create an account on Astral Tabletop
- Learn how to use Astral Tabletop
- Grab a pre-made character sheet
- “How to build a character” guide
- Traditional 5e character sheet reference guide
- D&D Beyond character sheet reference guide
- Check out the D&D Compendium for even more awesome resources!
One of the best resources for building and leveling up characters in D&D is at D&D Beyond. If you’re attending a virtual event, we recommend creating an account and setting up your character there. However, please check the meetup event to see what level you should be and whether there are any restrictions on types of characters. Another simple resource for pre-gen characters is at Digital Dungeon Master. Select a class, select a level, and then download the pre-generated PDF.
Character sheets can be overwhelming and complex for new players. Check out our 5e character sheet guide which will give you a high-level overview of each section (includes screenshots and TL;DR summaries). There is also a D&D Beyond version as well.
Want to build a character? Check out our optimized and comprehensive character guide on Google Docs.
Virtual Tabletops (VTT)
The two most popular virtual tabletops you’ll see used at D&D Newbie Sessions is Roll20 and Astral. We recommend setting up accounts on both platforms so you’re ready depending on which the DM prefers. There are many other virtual tabletop platforms out there. Here are a few more that might be worth checking out.
You can learn more about using Astral Tabletop by reading our Using Astral Tabletop guide.
Another popular tool is donjon which contains random generators for D&D. You can also type “roll 1d20” (or any other dice number) in Google to quickly conduct a die roll.