I present to you a Wargaming Tradecraft original idea - The Spell Abacus. This tool will allow you to easily track how many spell slots you've used while playing Dungeons and Dragons.
I've become a firm believer in gaming aids while playing copious amounts of Warmachine and decided to dream up something I could apply to the Wizard I'm playing in D&D at the moment. In D&D 5th ed, there's a set maximum number of spells that doesn't increase with your intellect. (The same applies to other spell-casting classes.)
At first I was using some of my coloured tokens to count spell slots, but recognized that as I leveled, this would become tricky to track. I then decided to build something a little grander.
It's pretty straight forward...
- Each row represents a spell level.
- 1st level spells are at the top with 4 beads.
- Higher level spells are at the bottom with 1 bead.
- Before Game
- If you have a spell slot available, you should have a bead for it on the left side.
- For any spell slots you don't have access to, move those beads to the right side.
- During Game
- As you cast spells, move beads from the left side of the abacus to the right side.
- As you regain spells, move beads from the right side of the abacus to the left side.