Awesome Background and Ambiance Playlists for Your Dungeons and Dragons Game Night
Music is a powerful tool for setting mood and evoking emotion. Filmmakers know this all too well. It’s no wonder the Academy Awards gives out Oscars for Best Music Score.
Try to imagine Darth Vader marching into a room of lined up stormtroopers without the “Imperial March” playing. Or consider the Lord of the Rings movies without the music. They wouldn’t be the same movies, and they certainly would struggle to evoke the same feelings.
As a dungeon master, you share much in common with a filmmaker!
Fleshing out your world, you move from premise to treatment and to something that eventually feels like a loose screenplay. Gathering your players, in many ways you are gathering your actors who will provide the dialogue and, with you as the director, bring your world to life.
What’s a key element that may be missing? Music. A score. You can use music to add to the overall mood, tone, and emotion of your roleplaying setting. Perhaps you already use music, but would like access to something fresh.
We were tired of searching before, or during, a game for music to match the mood.
Check out our playlists below and follow us on Youtube to see as we roll out more!
D&D Epic Battle Music Combat Encounters
What campaign doesn’t have battles or combat? Be they small-scale or large-scale, the following music works perfectly to set the mood.
Imagine an approaching army.
Or what about that troll emerging from its cave?
These songs could also work as your characters traverse ominous terrains, like mountain passes.
Dungeons and Dragons Music for Beginning an Adventure
You've been called to the quest. You are to rescue the kidnapped prince or free the enslaved village from kobolds or explore the ancient dungeon. You have gathered your supplies and sharpened your weapons. Imagine the emotions you’ll arouse as you play this while setting off. These songs are also appropriate for any moments of suspense or even the approach of an enormous army.
Much has been hinted about the evil Kaldouin Forest (or whatever you’ve decided to name it). You stand at the treeline looking at the grown-over path that will start your three-day trek through the sentient trees.
Your party has rumors of enormous scorpions, orc enclaves, and evil albino elves that sing to lure their prey to their deaths. Cold winds blow pungent odors of decay from the forest.
Imagine how the following songs would be the perfect soundtrack for your journey.
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Perhaps you’ve decided to create an Underdark campaign. It’s a landscape unlike any your characters have ever experienced: huge, cavernous tunnels with looming stalagmites; open spaces of glowing mushroom forests; snaking, black underground rivers filled with blind water creatures.
The air rings with mysterious pounding and the far-off booming of quaking earth. A metallic odor hangs in the air, and glowing eyes watch from the darkness. These songs will help set the mood for such a unique landscape.
Would work well too for rafting across the surface of a fog-covered lake or any mysterious landscape.
What if you're are faced with the prospect of crossing a huge sea by ship?
With water all around you and only a rocking deck as solid footing, not elf, dwarf, human, nor halfling is completely at ease. Unseen bodies press against the underside of the craft at night. Strange creatures glow at the surface.
It’s well-known that evil merman have boarded crafts and slaughtered crew and passengers. The idea of a fortnight’s crossing sits heavy with your adventurers.
These songs will set the mood for their waterbound quest. Can easily be switched to battle music when things get hairy!
D&D Music for New Medieval Fantasy Cities
You come to the gate of a new or foreign city. As you walk the streets you see exotic wares for sale from vendors.
Nefarious characters with hoods hiding their faces watch from alleys. It’s reputed that the thieves guild has a stranglehold on the city. City guards watch your party warily and stop to question you often.
Wonderful and sometimes foul smells of new delicacies permeate the air. Your supplies have dwindled. You need this city to replenish with food and sleep. Imagine the following songs playing as you walk these unfamiliar roads in the commotion of this cityscape.
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Dungeons and Dragons Music for Taverns
In almost any city or village, you'll find yourself breaking bread in a tavern. In fact, consider how often your adventure actually begins in places like The Dragon’s Lair, The Good Rest, or Red’s Redhawk Tavern?
You'll characters take your meal, weary from the road. A stranger approaches and asks to sit with your party. Looking into her hood, they are certain they see elvish features.
She speaks of a doom growing on the outskirts of her realm. Her people won’t listen to her. She needs a hardy crew to explore what foulness may be afoot. You’ll set the mood for certain as song after song of tavern music plays.
Don’t doubt the power of music to bring a completely different feel to your campaign. Music evokes powerful emotions. Y
our players will sing your praises as a DM, perhaps not knowing that beyond your story-crafting they are also responding to your campaign playlist.
Music can also be a source of inspiration. Stuck for what your next idea might be? Listen to these songs and see where they take your imagination. Adventure awaits!
Ambiance Music Dark Dungeons and Unholy Places in RPGs
What’s Dungeons and Dragons without Dungeons? Add to that cemeteries, burial mounds, and the temple where an evil priest sacrifices children from the local village. Sometimes your campaign will take the characters into the most vile of places.
The smell in the air is pungent, the sounds without sources unsettling, and the sights often filled with gore, bones, and sometimes treasure. As they enter that Dark Dungeon of Gothmorang or that unholy temple of the Shadow God Wethkalkhoul, you as Dungeon Master want that perfect soundtrack to set the ominous mood.
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