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D&D Counters

Frequently Asked Questions


What's D&D?
What's a counter?
What's better, counters or miniatures?
Where's the artwork from?
What's the Die Roller's Top 50?


What's D&D?

D&D, or Dungeons & Dragons, was the world's first roleplaying game, created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1973. Players assume the roles of imaginary characters, while a referee called the Dungeon Master describes the world and events around the players' characters.

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What's a counter?

Originally, a counter was anything that kept track of a count for a game, hence the name. In modern gaming jargon, a counter is a game piece that represents something other than what it is. In Monopoly, for example, the famous top hat, dog, shoe, etc. are counters, as well as the houses and hotels. Dice, spinners, and other such game tools that don't represent anything else, however, are not counters. A counter can be a die, a coin, or a bit of paper. In D&D, they're used primarily in combat and other critical situations to mark the location of each imaginary character in relation to the others. Counters became especially vital with the third edition of the D&D rules, and one third-party company, Fiery Dragon Games, produces counters with their own full-color illustrations for use with D&D. Alternatively, some gamers use 3-D lead or plastic miniatures for this purpose.

Counters or Miniatures?


What's better, counters or miniatures?

Most gamers would agree that the 3-D realism that miniatures bring to D&D beats 2-D counters hands down. However, they can get quite expensive, and some miniatures require painstaking preparation before use. The worst thing is, no matter how many you buy, you never seem to have all the ones you need at any given moment. In the end, you almost always end up substituting the missing miniatures. The same goes for store-bought counters. With the counters on this site, the idea is that you can print as many as you need, and there are even instructions for making your own custom counters with Adobe Photoshop.


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Where's the artwork from?

Almost all the artwork used on this site is straight from the Dungeons & Dragons website, with some pictures from the website of Paizo Publishing, which produces the official D&D magazines, DUNGEON and DRAGON. Since this site exists for the sole purpose of promoting their products, they hopefully won't mind. In this way the images are about as "official" as you can get. Most of the animal clipart is available free for distribution at www.top100-websites.com.

What's the Die Roller's Top 50?

Effie Rover's RPG Gateway, a great RPG resource site, tracks its most popular sites this way. If you found D&D Counters useful, please make your voice heard. Thanks!

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