I haven’t wrote about this a long time and I figured it’d be a good idea to update this rant. Because really you probably should update your GM bag/notebook with each new campaign.
Since I’ve picked up a lot of things since that last post and I’m a way different game than your normal adventure crawl I’ve taken some stuff out the rotation and added a couple of things. Since I’m running The Blight. I, of course, have that book in my bag. And that’s a huge chunk of weight. That thing is dang near 900 pages. I’m running it with Swords & Wizardry so there’s that book. I just got Bill Webb’s Decks of Dirty Tricks so that got added. Before I did have the Encounter, Treasure, and Hireling Decks for Swords & Wizardry but I took them out for this game. The most valuable thing I did add back was the old Chaosium Cities book. That thing is great for random when you’re running a city based game. I’ve kept my notebook very slim. The only things I actually use are some scratch paper and the handy Attack Save Cheat Sheet that I made earlier. And my dice, of course.
I dropped a lot the miniatures out of the big bag. You just don’t need a lot of the standard dungeon denizens if the characters are running around in the city. So the mini’s that I am lugging around are more like the humanoid PC type, undead and the occasional demon. That covers most bases. Remember that bag look like this when I running Labyrinth Lord.
I know this is just a rant but here’s my advice. Redo your GM bag and notebook, every time you start a new campaign. Especially, if you’re changing up rules too. And if you’re a player. Same thing. It’s a pain to lug around things you don’t need.
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I really like one page cheat sheets. Maybe that’s why I generally don’t use your standard GM screen. More often than not, there isn’t the chart of table that I need. It’s not organized as well as I like it. Or there’s lots of stuff that I don’t need but it’s there just to fill space. So I cooked up this little sheet. Note: It does include my house ruled skill check. So here you go. Enjoy!
Attack Save Cheat Sheet
It’s been a long time since I found some cool and cheap. And this time thanks to wandering through Dollar General I found some contact paper. Bonus. Its in 1 inch hexes.
As you can see it works. Yes, it’s the color is a little light but it still looks sort of like stone. Now I just need to take the time and make attach it to something. I’ve got some left over cork tile as well as some of that foam poster board and think that will work best. I just need to try to match up the hexes when I apply the stuff.
Keep gaming folks!
Ah yes. Episode 2 of Playing It Wrong is release into the wild. This time I rant about my DM Notebook. This isn’t my campaign or adventure notes. And it’s not even my DM screen. This is a notebook that I have with various system neutral charts and tables from all sorts of sources. The thing that I notices is that there’s a bunch of those tables, while neat, I wasn’t even using. So it’s time to slim that thing down. I mean why carry extra stuff around. I probably already do carry too much stuff. Heck, it’s thicker than most of my OSR core books (except Dungeon Crawl Classics). So here you, give the episode a listen and share your thoughts.
Episode 2: DM Notebooks
I know I posted somewhere on social media about these. Run by you local Dollar Tree store. There you should find some mini Jenga sets. I actually think they call them Tumbling Tower or something like that. But they’re just about the right size to use as wall sections as you can see above with my homemade dungeon tiles, some mini’s and one of the new Wizkids doors. I picked a couple of these and as I’ve said before wood is pretty cheap and easy material to work with. Of course, I’m also thinking to paint or not to paint….
It’s that time of year for crafty and cheap gamers to save some money. The stores stocked up on Back to School stuff and now the extra stuff is going on the clearance shelves.
So far, my best haul is more 3×5 graph paper index cards. Because index cards are one the best little things to drag around into gamer bag and having them also be graph paper moves them up into the DM artifact level. As I have time, I’ll hit up more stores and see what I can find.
But wait! There’s more! With the store taking down their Back to School stuff that means they’ll soon be stocking up on their Halloween stuff. Last year, the cool find was damn fine skeletons at Dollar General.
As with most of projects, I’m taking it slow. Also, didn’t have a chance to grab up some more paint. That’s on the to-do list for this weekend. But I had a few minutes so I figured I try a little detailing on one tile and see how it goes. So you may remember this pic.
I decided to do a little more on it. A little outlining and a little shading.
I thought about adding some “coins” or blood spots but that would just distract players. “Is that coin really there? Can I pick it up?” So I left that out. Now, I’m too happy with my meager attempt at shading. On the future ones, I may just do the outline. Oh, well. I got more time to think about it.