A Day in the Life, Wizard Edition.

Finish a long rest.

Good morning! You woke up refreshed, and so did all your spell slots. Now where did you leave that prepared spell list? If you're happy with your selections from the day before, go have a nice omelette of Dire Hen eggs. But if you’d like to cast any different spells today, choose from the ones in your spellbook and study them. It will take at least 1 minute per spell, so hopefully you weren’t woken up by an angry Dire Hen.

Check your material components.

If any of your spells require components with a cost, or components which are consumed by a particular spell, make sure you possess the necessary items. That way you can actually cast those fearsome magicks when the time comes. No-cost, unconsumable items may already be in your component pouch, or made unnecessary by your spellcasting focus. Good thing you picked up that Arcane Fedora.

Now — you’re ready to start your day.

After a short rest.

Nice battle! You really saved the ranger's bacon. You spent some spell slots, though. If you’re running low, you may want to use Arcane Recovery to get some back. You can use this ability one time between long rests, following a short rest. Come to think of it, you rest a lot. Your mother and I are concerned.

Oh, you looted those bodies and found a sweet spell scroll? Nice! If you’d like to save that spell in your spellbook, take 2 hours to transcribe it. And watch it vanish from the scroll when you’re done. And fork over 50 gp for “expenses.” Take your time; we’ll wait. The half-orc barbarian loves watching you work. And sharpening that scimitar with a stone. Always with the sharpening.

18th level wizard or higher?

While you're busy being all fancy and high-level, don’t forget to use your two no-slot-required Spell Mastery spells — you get them after every long rest, remember. If you don’t like the two you currently have prepared, ask the party to take an 8-hour break while you study long enough to replace these 1st- and 2nd-level spells. I’m sure they won’t mind the random encounters.

If you’re a 20th-level wizard

Well, you’re essentially a demigod. Light on the “demi.” But you picked out these two no-prep, no-slot, 3rd-level Signature Spells, so, “use it or lose it." Maybe you chose Glyph of Warding, in case a troupeau of Tarasques tries to sneak up on you while you sleep. Or maybe Major Image, because Netflix hasn’t been invented yet. I hope you chose wisely, because your Signature Spells can’t be  exchanged. No store credit for abjurations, as the sign says. But no matter. You’re a 20th. Level. Wizard. You've got this.

Now it’s off to bed, to dream of tomorrow’s newly-restored spell slots.


It's hard out there for a wizard. There's a lot to keep track of. Perhaps you could use something like Wizard: Can I Cast This Spell? a convenient spellcasting diagram and lexicon:  It shows the various requirements and options for harnessing the unimaginable might of arcane forces — in a handy flowchart format.

Perfect for new wizards who are just starting out and have like 37 tabs sticking out of their Player's Handbook. Or experienced wizards who sometimes forget to prepare new spells because it's all pretty instinctual now and aren't material components a pain and um sure that one's deffo in my spellbook I got it from that Sea Hag don't you remember.

 Wizard: Can I Cast This Spell?

Wizard: Can I Cast This Spell?

5e Player Reference Sheet

I'm introducing some new players to 5e this weekend, and I decided to take a swing at a player reference sheet. There are a million of these things available through a Google search, but I wanted to create one with a little visual flair in the hopes that it would help to intrigue the players. Ideally these are used when a noob has a question during someone else's turn, and they're able to find an answer on their own.

I had a few criteria:

  • One sheet, two sided
  • Concise explanations with PHB page numbers for more detail
  • Fit the combat stuff on one side
  • Dense information, but not to small for older eyes
  • An accessible layout, with visual markers
  • A little bit fun

I used a three-column layout, knowing I'd have a lot of small tables, and made some art to break up the wall of text. I also provided links to DnDBeyond in case this gets used as a digital file.

I'll be testing it out on my new gamers. I hope you find it helpful as well.

5e-player-reference-image

Chicago Springtime

Chicago Springtime
can be depended upon
like an alcoholic parent
to forget the promises of yesterday or last week.

But but but
you said.

You said we could go play outside
or go to the park
and have a catch.

Quiet now.

Chicago is not feeling well.

Go and read a book
in your room.