Looking for a background soundtrack for a creepy or Halloween-themed D&D session? This playlist is designed to be jarring when listening and deliberately has a range of slightly off-key instrumentals to enhance your players’ discomfort while playing in the session.
I’m really looking forward to a particular chase scene in an upcoming Dungeons and Dragons campaign, which I’m going to set entirely to Eric Weissberg & Deliverance’s album, Duelling Banjos!
I’ve now run the Dungeons and Dragons starter set, Lost Mines of Phandelver, for two separate groups. In both cases, the players were entirely new to 5th edition D&D; in the second case, none of the players had played a tabletop role playing game before, let alone D&D. In both cases, I spent a lot of time both doing some unique quest preparation—building out encounters that I thought would enhance the campaign as it unfolded for the relevant groups—as well as developing extensive playlists for the games.
All of my music is organized around Apple Music, and largely derived from my Dungeons and Dragons — Master List playlist. The following list outlines the different playlists that I used; feel free to adopt them for your own play through of the Lost Mines of Phandelver, or for any other adventures that you may be running!
- Combat playlist
- Generic Background Music
- Goblin Caves
- Redbrands Hideout
- Cragmaw Castle
- Agatha’s Lair
- Old Owl Well
- Ruins of Thundertree
- Wyvern Tor
- Mine of Phandelver
I’m generally a massive fan of playing music while running the game; I find that customizing the music has a useful effect of helping me get into the mood, to say nothing of it working to enhance my players’ experiences. And in the case of new players, in particular, I’ve always found that adding music really helps to transport them into the world in ways that are almost unparalleled!