Gamemasters know that in between games they are going to forget NPC names, locations, items, and what-have-you. It’s annoying, and it’s bad form. But it is hard to avoid.
As Gamemasters we are busy, we have a lot of important things to do, and I’m not talking about the game. I’m talking about your job, your school, your family. You just don’t have the capacity to remember all that crap. Taking notes helps and with Ywriter, software meant to help write novels, you can have detailed, sectioned notes and plans as well as wrap ups easily.
You won’t have to worry about forgetting your NPC’s or your magic items names any longer.
Well a few days ago the banners I ordered arrived. They are printed on vinyl and seem pretty resistant to creasing.
The ordering process was pretty simple. You upload an image for your design, or choose from some pre-made options. Now I will say I had some problems with their uploader. Sometimes I was simply unable to press the upload button. However with a little perseverance I was able to get my design uploaded just like I wanted.
For comparisons sake I will provide the original images that I uploaded. Click for larger versions.
I ordered 2, 2×2 foot banners which are just under $10. Upon placing my order, the shipment arrived very quickly.
Again, that one turned out perfect. On this one I trimmed and finished. That added about 7 bucks to the order. If you are planning to hang the banner you get – I would recommend getting it finished, as it is all ready with sturdy metal rings for hanging. However it does cut off the VERY edge of the image, so if you need to keep 100% of the image, I would not recommend it.
I also learned through papers and pencils that you can use wet erase markers on them. So if you want to add something to your map you can do so post printing. You can also just print a grid and use it as a battle map. You could make very specific battle maps with Banners on the Cheap, however if you just want a regular old battle map with hexes and squares I would still recommend chessex’s battle maps.
I’m sure you can think of more creative uses(a kingdom’s flag?) for Banners on the Cheap.
The price is good, and the service is quality as long as small text is not involved. Thumbs up in da air.
Dungeons & Dotes, the premier live play, roleplaying podcast featuring the Get Geek crew is finally here. Join Devin as he helps Tim create his first character, Paelias What-eva-ya-want, in Dungeons and Dragons Next. Next episode we begin playing.
A weird question, you think? Well the short answer is yes, and any gamer who’s played more than a few sessions of D&D will tell you that. Heck I just saw Will Wheaton throw one of his dice into the audience of his D&D game at PAX.
Now I bring this up because of the very detailed, thought out and researched article over at awesomedice comparing the Chessex dice to the GameScience dice. They rolled a d20 from both companies 10,000 times! By hand! Now why anyone would do that for realistically a pretty unimportant reason is beyond me, but they did and they put a bunch of their data up on the site for everyone to view.
So what did they find? Well that overall GameScience dice are more “true”, meaning that they are closer to the actual statistical probability than the Chessex dice. This is because of the way Chessex are made to have rounded edges. However the GameScience dice are not perfect as they have a manufacturing issue as well.
So what do I think about it? Eh. Who cares, as people in the comments pointed out it’s going to be a long time before you roll your d20 10,000 times and it’s impossible to tell improbability while playing, so who cares. And we’re not gambling, were telling a story using dice. Who cares if you roll 17 more than 16.
I will probably never(or not for a long time) buy dice again after buying Chessex’s pound of dice. It’s a great deal, and it does come with a pristine set.
The random dice in that set I let anyone use. Anyone who comes over to play uses them, and I even gave away one of the coolest ones to Ezekial. But that set of pristine dice that came with the pound?
No way. You can hear me telling Tim to give them back in one of the upcomming episodes of Dungeons and Dotes. Why is this? Well gamers are a superstitious and cowardly lot, and besides the fact that they look really cool, and that I like to make sure I have at least one of everything, the first time the d20 rolled out of the box it was in it rolled a twenty. Bang. Right out of the gate a critical hit. That’s when I knew, no one else was using that dice, that it is my baby.
Ezekial takes things a little farther than me, because he knows individual dice that serve him well, and individual dice that he will not roll.
So what’s the point of saying all this? Well that’s just it. There is no point. There is no point in worrying about if your dice is statistically more sound than another dice. Not because of the way it was made anyway, that kind of thing should not realistically inform your decision to buy. What should make you not use a dice is if it’s cursed. It’s as simple as that.
Didn’t I say this was a weird topic?
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