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New in 2010: Dungeons and Dragons!

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Hello anyone who is still looking at my blog! Sorry about the four-month posting hiatus, I’ve been somewhat busy with life lately.

When I was in college I played Dungeons and Dragons with a group of friends (forestalling the inevitable question: no we weren’t the group who dressed up as their players and acted out battles). It was a great time, but when I moved to Kansas I never found anyone who was interested in playing. A few months ago I started to gauge interest in the idea of a D&D group at Perceptive. There were a few people who wanted to play or learn but no one wanted to run the game. Well fine then. I AM STEPPING UP.

When a person gets into D&D the first thing they may notice is the price tag. The core rulebook? $30. A set of dice? $5. A miniature representing a character? I haven’t looked lately but as the game leader I would theoretically require many of them. The cost only goes up. I have three core rulebooks, something like six sets of dice, and a wedding in eight months that is exhausting pretty much all of my cash monies. How does a fellow in such a situation run a potentially expensive game?

Homebrew! Courtney and I just finished making a very nice homemade battle grid, which for the uninitiated is the board on which miniatures are placed and terrain is drawn to represent battles.

Homemade D&D battle grid
We bought a 22×28 poster frame with glass and removed the glass. Courtney marked off 1″ intervals and drew lines with a black paint pen. My job in all this was to hold the yardstick.

Homemade D&D battle grid
Lines are drawn the other direction for the 1″x1″ grids used in D&D.

Homemade D&D battle grid
For the next step, we set up our spray-painting station in the garage. Unused cardboard is something of a rarity in our house so my oil change mat got re-purposed.

Homemade D&D battle grid
The glass is laid out, painted-on side up. Rather than lay out a piece of colored paper between the glass and the backing board, we opted to paint onto the glass directly.

Homemade D&D battle grid
First of four coats of Rustoleum’s Ivory Silk (read: yellowish white).

Homemade D&D battle grid
Four coats later, the board is looking great and our brain cells would dying in droves if it weren’t for frequent breaks outdoors.

Homemade D&D battle grid
The end result is an off-white board with black lines that works great with dry-erase markers!

Written by Chris

February 4th, 2010 at 7:09 am

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  1. Impressive!

    Russ

    4 Feb 10 at 10:16 pm

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