Post by cowboyleland on Apr 14, 2016 12:23:51 GMT -9
Looks like awesome fun! When my kids were small I kept trying to make D&D character sheets that used icons instead of words so the kids could play before they could quickly read and scan. Their reading improved faster than I could iron out the bugs in my character sheets! A simpler game would have been the way to go.
On the other hand, maybe it's the herd that is crazy.
Looks awesome oldschooldm! I have a question about your DMing style. Do you use paper terrain for encounters only or also for role-playing parts of the adventures? Currently, I only use paper terrain for encounters like others use a battle mat. And what about dungeons? Would you make the entire dungeon with paper terrain or only those rooms where encounters will happen?
Also do you use battle mats in lieu of ground tiles when you can?
I was also looking to use Obsidian Portal to manage my campaign. I noticed it has some type of scheduling function. Have you ever used that to schedule your game play?
1. Do you use paper terrain for encounters only or also for role-playing parts of the adventures?
1. For travel I usually use theater of the mind and keep it very short. Sometimes for down-time in town I'll do that too, if there's no plot to be had there. But, if there's plot, there's scenery. I'm NOT a so-called sandbox DM - I'm heavy prep and also use musical scores for all my scenes (even travel.) I follow the 4e model of only having set-piece scenes - like a modern action TV series - everything else (like shopping/repairing/training) is compressed out, or handled between sessions.
You'll notice that I built out the starting Tavern - even though the module has no "encounter" there. But with the score I played it established the town, the warf, the drunken sailors (that figured in the first encounter) and created a strong contrast when they left the tavern and entered the alleys (for which I had a warf-at-night score...)
2. Would you make the entire dungeon with paper terrain or only those rooms where encounters will happen? Also do you use battle mats in lieu of ground tiles when you can?
2. For dungeons I sometimes use Dwarven Forge (Kickstarter) tiles. See the-forsite-irregulars.obsidianportal.com/adventure-log/the-oozing-temple I use pre-printed maps/tiles as texture/terrain under my builds, but never use the historical technique of drawing on dry-erase battle mat. If I'm in a rush, I only put a few props on the map (for example, I use selected trees and lichen for forests rather than place dozens of trees...
As to Dungeons made out of tiles - if I'm at a Con, I print photos of the dungeon sections/rooms and keep the tiles in a pile at the side of the table announcing "You'll get to play with my toys and build out the dungeon as we go!" This goes quickly and is very popular. I usually divide the tiles into gallon plastic bags with their instruction photos in each.
3. I was also looking to use Obsidian Portal to manage my campaign. I noticed it has some type of scheduling function. Have you ever used that to schedule your game play?
3. Obsidian portal was probably not a great choice for a DM looking to share widely - over the last year support has faded as the founders have moved onto other things. Only ever used their wiki-like and journal features, and not their scheduling or other stuff. Their SEM/SEO is crap and they haven't made it a priority. But the toughest thing is that their post composition language is non-standard - which makes it a real pain in the butt. Consider all your other options (Wiki/GDocs/etc.) before making your decision.
Hmmm. Maybe a simple Blogger site would work just as well. My main reason for having some type of electronic space for my campaign would be as a resource for my players to remind themselves what they've done in the past, keep a copy of the campaign map (I've already made paper copies for them, but in case they lose it), and maybe keep a listing of key NPCs. Sharing my builds would be an added plus, so a blog seems like a good way to go. In my group 3 of us regularly DM in each of our own home campaigns. So, there is usually month timespan in between adventures in my campaign.
Also, oldschooldm I looked through all your pics of your builds both at your Obsidian Portal site and in the other odd places like forums, and it looks like you mostly use pre-printed ground tiles, is that correct? Do you ever use FDG EZ Lock? In those cases where you used FDG walls, did you just leave them free floating over the flip mats you use? Maybe anchor with some glue dots (or the Scotch variants)?
So are you still playing 4E rules or did you switch over to 5E?
Post by radoslawkamil on Feb 7, 2017 15:19:46 GMT -9
WOW! That all look cool So finally We get some in game shots Now I am sad I dont have friends to play with :/ But I find few other games that can be played alone but sadly to build them I will need a lot of time. And what a heck is grand modder lol
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9