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5E – Homemade DM Screen

DM_Screen_+RRH5E – DM Screen

Download your free copy here.

Wizards has an excellent Dungeon Master’s Screen. It is well made and good looking and well worth the price. However, It falls short (in my opinion) on the reference material on the DM’s side. I searched for a fan made version and found several that were better than the Wizard’s version, but still weren’t exactly what I had in mind, so I finally broke down and made my own. You can download the PDF file and print it for your own use. There are several ways to make these into a DM Screen. The simplest is to attach the prints to cardboard and tape the panels together. You can find pictures to decorate the Players side to suit your campaign.

Here is what I ended up with.

1)  I felt that 3 panels was plenty. By making them 8 1/2″ x 11″ they are easy to print and to find backings or plastic sleeves to fit them in. I oriented them with the long dimension horizontally to make it easier for the DM to see over.

2) I only listed information that might be needed during play – so no player creation or dungeon creation information.

3) To make it easy to quickly find what you are looking for I organized it into three columns on each panel. Each column has a large title on the top with information related to that topic listed below. The Headings are: Vision, Travel, Combat, Survival, Conditions, Money, Encounters, Objects, and Abilities.


21 responses to “5E – Homemade DM Screen

  1. William July 16, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Nice work on the Dm screen and helpful tools. I just wanted to say Thank you for all your hard work you do on this page. Looking forward to more great stuff to come.

  2. Anonymous July 31, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This is awesome! I’m putting it into effect immediately in my games. If you ever do a revision, I think there are a few typos to fix up on page 3: Dificulty Class, Doning Armor, Grapling.

    • Ronny August 1, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Thank you! I am glad you like it. I fixed the spelling errors and added the grappled condition to page 2. The link will now download the updated file.

  3. Bill Winski August 24, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    That’s a great DM screen! Probably the best I’ve seen for any D&D version in my (almost) 40 years of D&D. Any chance I could get an original “source” version?… I have a few house rules that I would like my copy to reflect. Thanks!

    • Ronny August 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      What a great comment. Thank you very much.
      The original is in Microsoft Publisher. Send me an email (hartr@pcisys.net) and I will send you the publisher file.

  4. latexspikes September 13, 2015 at 6:26 am

    This website deserves an “applause” button.

  5. postpostmoderndad September 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Downloaded. Going to start using immediately. Well, next weekend when the group gets together.

  6. Anonymous January 27, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for doing this it’s a great help .

  7. Jason February 15, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Awesome. Thanks.

  8. Nefilibata June 4, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    This is incredible stuff! My brothers and I play D&D on a budget and this is perfect for his upcoming birthday. You, good sir, deserve, glory.

    • Ronny June 5, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Thank you very much. I totally understand playing on a budget. There has never been more resources available online. With a simple Google search you can download a lot of valuable gaming material. I wish this had been an option for me when I first started playing.
      I am glad you found my site. Please check back from time to time. I am constantly on the lookout for more ideas for DM and Player resources to format and make available here.
      If you have an idea for something you would like to see here, just let me know. I definitely consider all ideas.
      P.S. For those of you not on a budget. I recommend the Savage Worlds Customizable GM Screen. You can insert these pages into the back and insert appropriate images for the player’s side. I got one to use at my table. I am not associated with them in any way. Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Savage-Worlds-Customizable-Screen-S2P10002/dp/1930855591/184-3104833-7310419?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00
      If anyone has a less expensive source or can recommend another product – or if you have a better idea of how to use these, please let us know.

      • Nefilibata June 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

        You are right indeed. With a simple google search, I was able to stitch together a quite impressive screen, if I may so so myself. If I have any bright ideas for you I will be sure to let you know. But you seem more than capable and I love your site.

        I have a link to it here if you want to take a look. https://www.dropbox.com/s/zwgzhjx8jef7slb/DM%20Screen%20Flat2.jpg?dl=0
        I take none of the credit for that artworks here. All of it is desktop backgrounds and courtesy of Wizards of the Coast obtained via a google search. I am unsure of the legality of posting this for online viewing as they were labelled for private use only.

  9. John Edmond June 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Could you please please please make a portrait version. By far my favorite screen, but I cant use it! :,(

  10. Pingback: D&D 5E – DM Screen – portrait version | Dungeon Master Assistance

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