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
Vermin King: Every so often a Thank You goes a long way. Ray over at Ravensblight is going through a dark time ( I know. Dark is kinda his theme ), but if you appreciate his work, you might go to the site and grab his email and send him a Thank You
Jun 18, 2020 12:22:38 GMT -9
Vermin King: That was a whole lot easier than expected. One click
Jun 18, 2020 5:10:41 GMT -9