DIY Initiative Tracker for Dungeons & Dragons

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I wanted a vertical initiative tracker with wet/dry erase labels and enough space to hold a dozen or so trackers for when lots of people show up at the game show. I couldn’t find many options, so I came up with this using mostly stuff I had around the house.

What you need:

  • Base (any block of wood)
  • 1/4 inch dowel
  • Clothespins
  • Dry erase magnets (Not using the magnets, but this is the only way I could find very small and semi-rigid dry erase material.) Amazon Link (not affiliate)
  • Sandpaper
  • Hot glue gun or other adhesive
  • Drill with 1/4 inch bit


  1. Drill out the base and insert the dowel. Use the same size drill bit as your dowel for a snug fit.

  2. Sandpaper the magnets. This is vital, as adhesives will not stick to a smooth magnet. The hot glue sticks well after the surface has been roughened up.

  3. Glue a magnet on each side of the clothespins.

  4. Play D&D! This is a pretty easy project. I mainly just wanted to share the idea.