Your most used accessories?

pming

Adventurer
Hiya!

- A big (2.5' x 4' or so) white board that lays flat on the table

--numbered and lettered "furniture feet pads"...those little felt 'pads' with a sticky bit on one side that you stick to the underside of the feet of tables, chair's, etc so that they move easier and don't scratch wooden floors. They come in all sizes, I use 1" size mostly, but sometimes the smaller ones, and I cut-out of a flat sheet of it other sizes/shapes as needed for unusual sized or large/long (like giant snakes, horses, giants, dragons, etc). I use these on the white board if we feel like a combat is going to get complicated (usually we just play Theatre of the Mind style).

- Custom drawn maps on large sheets of paper

- Occasionally I'll use my 65" 4K TV to display some particular monster, location, item, etc...but we usually just play a multi-hour long "RPG Music" video from Youtube on it for background noise.

^_^

Paul L. Ming
 

Imaculata

Adventurer
@Imaculata, this sounds really nice, do you have some pics you can share?
Most certainly! (BTW, I know I said I placed the tiles on plywood earlier, but I meant to say hardboard.)

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This is a map I created for an upcoming battle at the bottom of a lake, for my 3.5 pirate campaign.
I mixed some of my classic cavern and dungeon tiles (on the right) with new cavern tiles from Dungeontiles Reincarnated (on the left). I placed two pieces of hardboard side by side, so I can move it around. I added some Wizkids minis from Mageknight and other minis to dress things up.
 
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robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
I placed two pieces of hardboard side by side, so I can move it around. I added some Wizkids minis from Mageknight and other minis to dress things up.
Very nice indeed. I can recommend the cloroplast boards (I mentioned above) for something very light but sturdy, if that hardboard is a bit unwieldy?
 

Imaculata

Adventurer
Very nice indeed. I can recommend the cloroplast boards (I mentioned above) for something very light but sturdy, if that hardboard is a bit unwieldy?
It can be a bit unwieldy, but I just grabbed whatever I just happened to have lying around.
 
I use these for character sheet holders along with a wet-erase pen. They're vertical sign holders (non free standing) made of clear, solid lexan. Keeps sheets clean and (more or less) immune to table spills.

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robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
@MNblockhead - the cloth printing arrived. I think it's going to work well (and very easy to transport):

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Edit: probably could have been 25% smaller... :)
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
@MNblockhead - the cloth printing arrived. I think it's going to work well (and very easy to transport):

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Edit: probably could have been 25% smaller... :)
The nice thing about printing it the size you did is that it can be put on the table for all to see and even manage.

For my games I have it off to the side of my DM screen. Players can see it and they can see when I put tickler markers down. Some times I'll put a false time marker down and when it gets to that time, I'll roll a die behind the screen for no reason. I find that the time wheel can create dramatic tension. Also, it gives a natural sense of the passage of time in game.

The only downside is that in a dungeon, I would think you would slowly lose a sense of the passage of time without time pieces or the sun and moon. I'm thinking of placing this behind the screen when they are below ground for more than a day.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Update: Just ordered a fabric version from Vivyx (14"x11") for portability. I'll post a pic when it arrives.
Curious, when you order from Vivyx are you doing a canvas print only (shipped rolled)?

I like the idea of a cloth version of this (or some maps). On the other hand, I do like to use wet erase on my laminated paper version for making off days and weeks.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Curious, when you order from Vivyx are you doing a canvas print only (shipped rolled)?

I like the idea of a cloth version of this (or some maps). On the other hand, I do like to use wet erase on my laminated paper version for making off days and weeks.
This was the fabric print option, which is much lighter than the canvas. But yeah, no marking the days/weeks off. :)

Edit: this is how they describe it:

1Custom Photo/Art Print
(14" x 11")
  • Digital Image Print
  • Presentation Fabric
  • Hem the edges of my banner
  • Manual Print Trimming

 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
This was the fabric print option, which is much lighter than the canvas. But yeah, no marking the days/weeks off. :)

Edit: this is how they describe it:

1Custom Photo/Art Print
(14" x 11")
  • Digital Image Print
  • Presentation Fabric
  • Hem the edges of my banner
  • Manual Print Trimming

Thanks! Copied to my someday/maybe list in Evernote. I'd love to have the world map for my homebrew campaign printed on cloth.
 

Ezequielramone

Explorer
I think my notebook, for pdf reference, initiative, session xp and hp tracking, map I can draw and erase easily and miniatures. Also some rigid wire areas for spells. And sometimes a DM screen (mostly for dragon age since I don't need it for end)
 
-Wipe erase board and markers for tracking initiative & hit points.
-Battle map
-Sorry pawns
-Paizo pawns
-small ponytail holders

I have one of Paizo’s bestiary boxes, plus a heroes release by them. But for medium beasties, the Sorry pawns are my first choice: they are easily distinguished by color, and I don’t have to spend time finding the “right” Paizo pawns. The primary downside is I can’t really give away the Sorry game my kids have long since outgrown, since I stole all the pawns for DnD.

I use the pony tail holders to mark conditions, or to distinguish targets if I need to use more than 4 Sorry pawns.
 

Quartz

Explorer
A few years back I picked up some Femo and made a variety of custom condition markers. They see use in almost every session.
I've read of poker chips being used. Black chip = negative HP in earlier editions, presumably a failed death save in 5E. Beneficial spells get white and slip of paper noting the spell, and so on.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I've read of poker chips being used. Black chip = negative HP in earlier editions, presumably a failed death save in 5E. Beneficial spells get white and slip of paper noting the spell, and so on.
My favorite way of marking conditions is using Alea Tools magnetic status markers.

A cheaper option is making small status markers by cutting small circles from colored paper and using blue tack or poster putty to stick it on the head of a mini. But the small hair-binder idea is definitely the least amount of work. I could have saved myself a lot of money on Alea tools if I would have thought of that. :)
 

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