How to Choose the Best Soundtrack For Your Dungeons & Dragons Session

As a dungeon master, you have a lot on your plate with planning already, but I promise you, this is absolutely worth it. Sure, there are a lot of factors that help you really understand the mood of your situation, but none quite like a good soundtrack to tie it all together.

I will be including a sample soundtrack for a textbook 5e campaign as well!

What Type of Music Will You Be Using?

There are a lot of options when it comes to tunes for your masterpiece campaign. I’ve seen some DMs use songs from video games, even soundtracks from movies, but my personal favorite is to use a collection of random instrumentals I found on YouTube. (Ridiculous, I know, but there are some really cool things to find there!)

The first thing you’re going to want to do is to think about the theme of your campaign, the setting, and the era. If you’re running a home brew campaign that’s more sci-fi than it is medieval, then you’re obviously going to want a different type of music. In that case, I would base my search off of more electronic sounding music rather than instrumentals.

Possible Situations for a Sound-Change

There are loads of situations that require different moods in a campaign. No two campaigns are going to be exactly alike though, so yours definitely may differ, but here are some ideas of where you should change your song.

  • Sitting in a Tavern
  • Random encounter
  • Resting
  • Stealth
  • In a different town
  • In a royal court
  • in a dungeon

Feel free to comment to add onto the list!

Sample Soundtrack for Basic Situations

Tavern Music

Encounter

Resting

Stealth

Arriving in a New Town

Royal Court

Dungeon