I posted this to the Facebook group, but I know not everyone here is on Facebook.
I wanted to make you all aware of a new tabletop gaming magazine that just started this year. It's called Bexim's Bazaar. It's a digital-only magazine with a print-on-demand option. Bexim's Bazaar is a monthly magazine focused primarily on table-top RPGs (mostly focused on 5E so far), but also includes articles about skirmish wargames. There is a very strong emphasis on DIY crafting for RPGs. The editor/creator of the magazine is James Floyd Kelly, who has a Youtube channel focused on gaming crafts called The Tabletop Engineer (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw2kFWSJLu8SX2qtNN8ho4w).
Bexim's Bazaar costs $2 for over 80 pages of content. You can get the magazine for $2 by becoming a Patreon supporter of Jim: www.patreon.com/thetabletopengineer. Patreon subscribers get the magazine on the first of the month. You can also buy individual digital copies of the magazine at DriveThruRPG for $3.
Post by jeffgeorge on Jan 25, 2019 14:30:20 GMT -9
I just found out about Bexim's Bazaar through Black Magic Craft, and downloaded #0 for a quick look. Very promising--I'll probably write about it at printandplaygamer.com soon. Glad to hear that some of our folks will be showing the papercraft colors there--we need to make the DIY craft community more aware of printable gaming models, maps and aids.
Visit my new blog, printandplaygamer.com, featuring free downloads, product recommendations, and maker tutorials for papercrafting gamers.
My next column on paper minis, The Bone Folder, will come out in Bexim’s Bazaar #3 tomorrow. In my latest article I show how I assemble paper minis, featuring bravesirkevin ‘s Terrors from the Dungeon Set. If you want to get the magazine for $2 you need to subscribe before the first of the month here: www.patreon.com/beximsbazaar. You can see a list of the Table of Contents at the Patreon link. Otherwise, you can purchase single issues from DriveThruRPG for $3.
Next month I plan on writing about what makes a good paper mini/set. Here are my thoughts from the perspective of a fan and customer: - real backs as opposed to mirrored or silhouette backs - contrasting colors - black border (especially generous black borders for ppl who cut by hand) - variant color schemes - variant poses of same or similar minis - variant weapons of same or similar minis - maximum use of printable space - print option that doesn’t waste ink on logos or other text/graphics - offering minis unavailable from other paper mini publishers
Any suggestions for ideas to include? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2019 17:26:13 GMT -9 by nolabert
Post by bravesirkevin on Feb 28, 2019 18:22:57 GMT -9
It's more than that.
Obviously, minis serve a specific purpose. They're markers used in tabletop games and that means you need to be able to identify them at a glance even when they're on a table more than a meter away from your eye. We recognise things by their colour and the shape of their silhouette, and that's fairly easy to do with a nicely painted 3d mini, but with paper minis it's a little different. Most gaming tables are lit from above, and a 3d mini has lots of surfaces to catch that light, but a 2d figure has only the front and back surface and those surfaces are generally almost parallel with the light beams, meaning that the light hits them obliquely and doesn't brighten them up very much. That makes it difficult to see the details of the mini at a distance, and the fact that the silhouettes are often imprecisely cut out doesn't help matters much. The purpose of the halos is to create a very high contrast outline that makes it much easier to read the silhouette even with weak light at a distance, and thus enables people to more easily identify which miniature is which without having to get up close to it.
Of course, it also helps to prevent my more darkly coloured minis from disappearing into the black border, and it means that I can give a very generous black border to help people who aren't that good at cutting stuff out while still preserving a nice, visible and crisp silhouette which helps with the issue I mentioned in the last paragraph.
bravesirkevin thanks! This will help when I write my column. One of the things I like about your generous black borders is that I can assemble the minis quickly. I suppose I could cut them closer to their silhouette, but they look good even when leaving a larger amount of the black border. I’ve assembled other minis that have a tight black border and they take forever to cut out by hand.
Post by bravesirkevin on Apr 11, 2019 6:34:41 GMT -9
In case you missed it, the latest issue of this magazine's out.
The issue has over 100 pages, and there's a wide variety of content within including several crafting tutorials and an adventure for low level DnD characters and a Frostgrave scenario. Definitely valuable for tabletop gamer crafters like us! As you can tell from the pic, it also includes 2 new Kev's Lounge Paper Minis. I plan to become a regular contributor there, so check in next month for new minis from me and even more great gaming and crafting content!
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