Post by vladtolenkov on Mar 20, 2008 23:45:56 GMT -6
Just wondered how many folks here use minis when playing OD&D? Do you just draw stuff out on graph paper? Do you not use any visual representations at all?
I bought some of the WOTC D&D minis and a few sets of their dungeon tiles, and I've been using those with OD&D. Eventually, I'd like to start getting real metal figurines but that can get expensive. . .
I used to use them more frequently, but lately it's about 50/50. When I use minis, I also tend to use a battlemat. When I don't use minis, I'll usually sketch out a map on graph or notebook paper.
I've been playing in Mythmere's S&W game, and he uses some great dungeon walls cast out of dental plaster. They're about half the height of most of the commercial walls, which I like. I'm impressed with how quickly and easily you can lay out a room with them (much faster than drawing it on a battlemat -- an no messy cleanup). I was never impressed with "dungeon construction props," before, but seeing how they're faster and easier than drawing a layout, I'm a convert; I still don't see much point in floor tiles and diorama-like features, but the fast wall layout is definitely worthwhile.
I plan on using minis (I've been painting some lately -- pictures on my blog).
I draw the line at a gridded battle mat (or dungeon tile, or whatever). That's what a tape measure is for.
Grids make people think that combat is neat and orderly and cut and dried, when it really isn't. The mini represents the "approximate" position of your character. (This was one of my biggest problems with 3.0 and later...)
Dieter the Deathless, anger-fueled fighting machine.
Though we may not always use miniatures (if we don't have something to properly represent what is encountered) - dice, chits or some other representation is usually used on some form of graph paper or grid mat for combat.