The topic for the 25 April 2013 #RPGChat was Minis, Maps, and Gaming.
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Today’s topic is one that I adore: minis, terrain, maps, and your game.
When do we use minis and what are the advantages?
@d20Blonde Also, game matters. For 4e, they’re pretty much necessary. I wouldn’t dream of running World of Darkness with minis.
Obviously, it depends on the game. You’re not going to use minis for a game of Dread, but in a dungeon crawl? YES PLEASE!
It really depends on the system. Pathfinder, where in battle everyone rushes to the center, I see no point in having a grid
No mat — “Am I close enough to hit that orc?” “Yeah, sure.” Keeps the game moving.
for me with my hearing problem using minis helps with visualizing whats going on, even if i don’t hear something
Minis and grid take away misunderstanding. Less room for “No, I said I’d be CLOSE to X.” Well, “Close” is a relative term…
@ghaladen Thank you! D&D 4e does a great job for small quick battles without using miniatures. Use minis for set piece battles.
some disadvantages to using minish and maps
Drawback is it tends to extend combats as PCs thoroughly examine their options.
I have mixed feelings when it comes to game maps. If they are too accurate, they can give away the locations of secret chambers.
@TheUniverseGM I won’t use minis in a game I run away from home, unless the location has a stock. They are prohibitive to carry.
some tips and tricks for minis, maps and battle boards
#RPGChat quite like the free figure fiats savage worlds does: print them out, use, and crush as mook killed
While I love using minis for monsters & NPCs, I’m actually using customized LEGO minifigs for my player characters.
Jenga blocks are not just useful for Dread! They make great terrain as walls, pillars, stacked as stairs, etc. #rpgchat
@dronolan It can add a lot to a session, and really make it memorable. We once fought a huge vine beast made of green pipecleaners
one trick I used, a one inch craft punch for adversary markers, use cards and write on the circles ‘Orc number 1’ quick and cheap
@d20Blonde I used to make my own 3D minis from images in PDFs and papercraft, to go with my Fat Dragon Games terrain.
@d20Blonde Those minis in use: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanmacklin/3535105256/in/photostream …
I stole the idea of a Battle Board from a YouTube user back in the day, and added a few modifications. #RPGChat
I keep hoping to come across a cache of minis at a yardsale or something. But then I realize, I hate going to yardsales
For the finale of one campaign, I used a 7″ Human Torch action figure for the Imix, Prince of Elemental Fire
@onlinedm1 has the best maptools rig I’ve ever seen. Also tutorials: http://onlinedungeonmaster.com/maptool-education-central/ …
and some helpful products for mapping and minis
@Board_Crossing Have you tried TerraClips from Wyrd Games? Nice, heavy cardboard buildings, streets, sewers and now dungeons.
and many noted the inspiration that comes from miniatures
@Bruxistential I can distinctly moments when I saw/started painting a mini and suddenly had THE WHOLE CHARACTER in my mind.
Painting minis is when I get to spend the most time thinking about the PC’s backstory. Where did he get that pouch?
#rpgchat I think one of the funnest parts of an RPG campaign is when all of the players get to select a mini for their character!
Finding a use for a cool mini has sparked several cool additions to my games.
A question about mapping
How intricate do you all make your maps? I’m used to graph paper and pencil, but I’ve seen some pretty stellar 3D terrains.
@GadZook Drawing on my battlemap, maps are vague at best, just washable marker to show shapes. I’m working to improve, though.
@GadZook Dry-erase board and colored markers. I’m simple.
and lastly not matter what props you use, remember its all about the fun
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