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Crafting your 5E D&D Gelatinous Cubes Encounter

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Hello and greetings. I apologize if I tricked you into thinking this was about fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons table preparation. Nope! this is another crafting idea from the mind of Nerdarchist Ted. I was at the store looking for a new cat tree. Despite not seeing the tree made of carpet for my cats to destroy in the clearance aisle I saw a game that looked like it used tiny plastic cubes. I instantly thought of gelatinous cubes. It was worth investigating as a potential new fun crafting project for my 5E D&D games.

Always room for gelatinous cubes

The game is called Meltdown. It comes with 32 green cubes that are just over 1/2 inch per side. Can you say miniature gelatinous cubes? I know I certainly can. If you are looking to get a copy of the game in question, you can do so here. For less than $9 you’ll get 32 potential miniatures. At roughly $0.25 per miniature this is my kind of price range.  If you are looking to spice up your 5E D&D game since the cubes are kind of translucent you can give them a wash in a variety of colors. For example you might create a red hued set and instead of doing acid damage it burns everything around it with heat and fire damage. Shades of blue make for quite a shocking surprise for adventurers or you might freeze heroes in their tracks by adding a white wash and these cubes leave behind freeze dried cold corpses.

PlayMonster Meltdown Game gelatinous cubes

Want to get even crazier? Use the board game piece and put a gelatinous cube generator in your next 5E D&D dungeon.

You can also make more mechanical choices to these beauties because of their smaller size or just go with it and let them punch above their weight class. However you want to play it you can have some fun crafting and since they are cubes they are a super easy beginner craft to enhance your tabletop game.

I bet some of you will be thinking, “Ted gelatinous cubes are completely transparent and it’s difficult to to know they are even there. They should not be green but clear!” Well, I have a solution for you there too. You can get clear cubes right here.

These clear cubes are a little larger ranging from 0.8 to 1 inch and you get 50 for $9 — about $0.20 per miniature. Again this is quite the steal and no pesky board game rules trying to get you to not tear the game stuff apart. All the fun things I mentioned above and more can be done to these little cubes to harass adventurers or heck, turn your 5E D&D game on its side and make a gelatinous cube companion for the party. Crazier things have happened!

I just began work on my cubes of both sizes and I am very happy with the results. I would love to hear your stories and the things you make with these cool cubes. In fact you’ll find a particularly terrific use for multiple miniatures of gelatinous cubes with your copy of Out of the Box: Encounters for Fifth Edition. Rube’s Cube explores what happens when a gelatinous cube makes unusual use of a special new magic item floating around inside its ooze form and throws in a snazzy multicolored light show to give it an extra shot of spectacle. Check it out here.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, stay nerdy!

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Ted Adams

The nerd is strong in this one. I received my bachelors degree in communication with a specialization in Radio/TV/Film. I have been a table op role player for about 20 years 17 of which with the current group. I have played several itterations of D&D, Mutants and Masterminds 2nd and 3rd editions, Star wars RPG, Shadowrun and World of Darkness. I am an avid fan of books and follow a few authors reading all they write. Favorite author is Jim Butcher I have been an on/off larper for around 15 years even doing a stretch of running my own for a while. I have played a number of Miniature games including Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Heroscape, Mage Knight, Dreamblade and D&D Miniatures. I have practiced with the art of the German long sword with an ARMA group for over 7 years studying the German long sword, sword and buckler, dagger, axe and polearm. By no strecth of the imagination am I an expert but good enough to last longer than the average person if the Zombie apocalypse ever happens. I am an avid fan of board games and dice games with my current favorite being Quarrios.

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