Friday 29 November 2019

Travelling GM's Kit

Something I've mentioned a couple of times before (on various social media sites), is the fact that I have a basic/emergency/travel GM's kit that I put together a while back - which I usually toss into my bag when gaming away from home.

It's not anything special - just something I can use to run a quick one-shot game if a few folks are missing, or to borrow to whoever might be GMing that day if they need to sketch out a quick tactical map, and so on.

Anyway, as I say, I've mentioned it a few times now - so I thought I'd post a couple pic's to show what it includes...

Side one of the double sided case (it measures around 8" x 5" and I got it for £1 from poundland here in the UK).
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Side two of that same case (did I mention it is double sided ;) ).

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The contents of side 1 (two sets of cheap dice, tokens that can be used for PC's / important NPC's / boss monsters / etc., and a few pencils & erasers).

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The contents of side 2 (cheap markers, tokens for regular monsters, and a cloth to clean the tokens & battlemat).

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A Paizo flipmat (the plain/basic one), and then maybe a few pre-gens, and a simple one/two page dungeon.

If playing 5e D&D I also have the 'rules on one page' free download that you can get from the DMsGuild (not my work BTW), and I generally print out a couple of monsters from the basic rules pdf (though most of the stats can be looked up on a phone - via the roll20 compendium for example). These, along with the items from (5) go into one of those thin folder/wallet thingies.

Anyway, even though I've only used it (or bits of it) a couple of times, it's proved to be a useful little toolbox :)

Monday 25 November 2019

Print & Paste Terrain : Creature Comforts

I'm a bit late with this post - but I've recently (i.e. last Friday) released another set of 'Print & Paste' textures ...and this time I've added some nice furniture to the range - which should be ideal for inclusion in your castle interiors, manor houses, fancy inns, and so on.

As always, you can find the pdf file HERE (it's a pay-what-you-want download over on DriveThruRPG), and it's accompanied by the following video tutorial (note that you'll need a few scraps of foamcore/cardboard/toothpicks /etc.):

And here's a picture of some of these new pieces in action (used alongside some of the other terrain from the same range).

Anyway, here's hoping you'll be able to put them to good use!

Saturday 9 November 2019

Podcast - episode 2

I'm continuing with the podcast idea for now here's episode 2 (you can find it HERE on, or down below).

And while I'm still rather nervous about the whole thing ...I've had a few reassuring call-ins - so I thought I'd at least continue for a few more episodes :)

Anyway, as I said last time, one of the cool features of the anchor (mobile) app is that you (that's you the listener) can use your phone to call in (for free) with questions/comments/replies/etc. ...which I can then feature in future episodes.

So, since episode two is now live, here's the show notes:

0:00 Call-ins from Frank and Che.

3:43 In this part I ask: will players ever run away from a combat? Here's a picture of the encounter that I mentioned - hopefully that helps to make more sense of it:

8:22 Here I talk about the new pre-printed textures from SquareHex, and my latest video/pdf.

 10:16 Outro

Thursday 7 November 2019

Print & Paste Consoles & Terminals

If you've been following me via the various social media pages, then you'll have seen that I've been working on some more terrain for the (print & paste) sci-fi tiles.
Well, as usual, these took a lot longer to draw than I originally anticipated (due to all the little details), but I've finally got them finished ...and released the next video:

And, as you can see, in this one I've had a go at making a few consoles/terminals (basically generic technical gubbins), and I'm quite happy with how they've turned out :)

Anyway, if you want to have a go at making a few yourself, you can find the pdf HERE (it's a pay-what-you-want download - so grab it for free, or pay as much as you like), and the instructions can be found in the above video.

So, here's hoping that a few of you can put them to good use!