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6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

 

Some of each.  For RPGs, usually they are only "premade" in the sense that I've mapped them out a couple days before on graph paper. We've used a wet erase map and big pads of grid paper.  But I've run modules with the maps all done as well.

Our current GM generally goes through and prints out all the maps to scale.

 

Games like Mercs:Recon, the "map" is generated during setup.

 

Most minis games I just use terrain to make the map as per the rules.

 

And with Battletech, I'll be getting a bunch of maps to use (and already have a couple) whenever I get around to playing.

 

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6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

Yes.  (Oh you want elaboration?  We normally use the Megamat Battlemat to draw up the map, but when it is right we might pull out a preprinted map.  Usually it is a forest map)

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On 2/1/2020 at 6:15 AM, Glitterwolf said:

WEEKEND QUESTION FEB. 1st / 2nd.

Do you like to see Cosplay? Do you Cosplay yourself?

Show us pics!

 

There's a decently large anime fest that goes on in my city every year, Ohayocon. On Friday and Saturday night it is wall to wall cosplay. I used to let my sister, her boyfriend and his daughter and her friends stay at my place the weekend of since we're just around the corner from the convention center. My sister and I would go stake out a table at the main bar and just people watch all the innovative costumes. Some are a lot of fun to watch, some I don't get, some are just exhibitionists. Regardless, it was always a lot of fun seeing it all. 

 

I don't personally cosplay. Though the idea of it sounds fun. I'd have to get creative though as there aren't a lot of bald, bearded, slightly overweight characters in fantasy or sci fi media to imitate. There was one time though, and I'm only including this because my wife says it counts, where I dressed up as some sort of dystopian barbarian after the last Road Warrior movie came out. Then a bunch of us hopped on our bicycles, also suitably decorated, and rode in a parade. We also had one of those pedal bars with us loaded with a bunch of people with instruments to represent the semi with all the amplifiers from that movie. The outfit is kind of lame by cosplayer standards, but there was an attempt...

 

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My dog was unimpressed.

 

6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

 

We generally use a chessex mat and dry erase markers. I've seen some of the premade maps, and they're quite nice. But I haven't invested in any yet. 

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6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

I mostly bring props and then draw the map as the game is going. The players have a tendency to avoid the planned encounter and pick fights in unexpected places.

 

So I usually just have a big chessex wet erase map with me and a bag of markers for it.

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7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

 

I have but other than a couple dungeon crawl games and Battletech everything I do is more on the mini heavy side so go for 3D terrain instead. I still have the old Dundjinni program and a ton of files but rarely use it.

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3 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

Since I am usually doing miniatures battles rather than rpgs, there’s an expectation that we are creating our own...

 

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This ^ I do this ^ except my efforts are less spectacular. 

 

 

7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle maps for your games?

For table top games sometimes there would be a scenario with a published map:

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Then I would attempt to construct the same tabletop from locally available terrain pieces. Maybe that is outside the scope of this question?

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4 minutes ago, TGP said:

This ^ I do this ^ except my efforts are less spectacular. 

 

 

For table top games sometimes there would be a scenario with a published map:

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Then I would attempt to construct the same tabletop from locally available terrain pieces. Maybe that is outside the scope of this question?

 

Fine by me!

I like to see what people come up with.

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7 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

 

We mostly use my Chessex Mondomat, which acts as a tablecloth on our dining room table and draw with erasable markers. But I also have Dwarven Forge tiles, D&D terrain tiles, and Paizo erasable maps.

 

So, "Yes".

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On 2/1/2020 at 6:11 AM, haldir said:

 

I think cosplay is a pretty cool aspect of the the whole gaming hobby. It takes talent to make em (if they are homemade) & such + I've seen some really nice ones over the years.

 

This is about as close to cosplay your gonna get with me. If I can make it down to RCon this year, I'll prob break out the Dread Pirate Roberts gear due to the theme but "the Squirrel" may have to show up as well. Note this pic is from '17 RCon taken by @TaleSpinner. I wore it the next year & in the photos I'm barefeet due to being at the Embassy. (I tend to not wear shoes there, or at least wear sandals & take them off)

 

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LOVE IT!!!!

 

My son, Gus was very bummed last year when you did come.  "But Dad, he was my favorite DM, and it's just not ReaperCon without the giant squirrel!"

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8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

Both, depending on the game. I've redrawn some of Stonehell, but mostly use it as is. 

 

When I run 5e, or other systems, I tend to use my own maps. 

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9 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

Both. I primarily use a wet erase mat and markers, but I occasionally use playmats that suit my purposes and are illustrative.

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9 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

It's a mixed bag.

 

Most of the time, it's just a battle mat with 1" squares and erasable markers. If we were playing Battletech, there was enough premade maps to put side by side to have a decent battle.

 

Largest "custom" battle map I ever used was our old ping-pong table. With some coloured chalk, we drew ourselves a massive BTech map on it.

 

But when I played a published adventure and had access to the PDF maps, I would use my company's laser color printer (after business hours :poke:) and print the maps at the right scale and full colour. I would then cut the maps so that each individual room was it's own part (or whatever was visible from a point of view), and gradually add them on the table as the PCs entered them.

 

Afterwards, my regular game group where we played got themselves a ceiling mounted TV projector which we pointed directly on the game table. So I could use direct digital images with the right darkened overlays to hide each room.

 

I've seen far more elaborate actual 3D models for terrain. But it was mostly in the hands of competion war gamers. Be it Warhammer, Warmachine, or the countless other skirmish games. Then you have "terrain porn" that you can find on YouTube channels or several streamed games.

 

With 3D printers being accessible now that are excellent choices to produce terrain, I can easily imagine myself using them one day. Considering the amount of 3D digital files I have, I better. (I'm just missing a printer... and a game group)

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1 hour ago, TaleSpinner said:

 

LOVE IT!!!!

 

My son, Gus was very bummed last year when you did come.  "But Dad, he was my favorite DM, and it's just not ReaperCon without the giant squirrel!"

 

Yah, I was bummed as well (thou I got over it soon with my wife & I going on a week's vacation to Eugene & the Oregon Cost, Friday afterward). The new date just makes each year a pain now to ask for off. It was nice from 05 to '17 it was request dates off, Done. Now it's hope & hope some more.....::(:

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9 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION FEB. 3rd.

Do you use premade battle/dungeon maps for your games or do you create your own?

For RPGs, we used theater of the mind or a laminated battlemat and dry erase markers.

 

For BattleTech, I own enough premade maps that I'm not of want for any.  And I'm buying more.

 

I have terrain from Galladoria Games and Dwarven Forge that I'd love to use too.

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