Before Nerdarchy used a grid and miniatures we used a rough drawing on paper and d6s for bad guys and d4s for our heroes. We even occasionally used ketchup packets or kit kat bars as barriers to segment rooms or corridors. Quite ridiculous, if you ask me. I am thankful that those times were not caught on film.
This evolved the longer we played and while we occasionally use dungeon tiles or some cool scenery we have not fully embraced a true 3 dimensional gaming world.
I have recently been exposed to Dungeon Master G s videos and I have to say his work is spectacular.
He is a master of making modular dungeon terrain and tiles. Of all of the videos I have watched he keeps the creation videos short, in case you might not have a long attention span, as I know many out there do not.
But that is not all that he does. He also has videos on describing the dungeon as you explore it so if you are not the best at descriptions you can master it by seeing how he does it. He also has campaign information on his You Tube channel and website though don’t let your players know as they can find the secrets just as easily.
By keeping creation video short he also shows how easy of a process it is to make this kind of stuff. His first video is only about 10 minutes long and tells you all the tools you will need to make the stuff he does. His second video actually gets into the process of making the tiles out of cardboard and video 3 gives you the easy steps to painting them.
I am a crafter of sorts and spent many of years playing a no longer in production game called Heroscape. I fell in love with the game but the process of making my own stuff for it became a fun hobby of mine. I painted the terrain tiles to represent things the game had not expanded to and I crafted some of my own terrain. Some times I followed a guide other times I used my own innovation and imagination.
So for me I watch Dungeon Master G videos and now I am serious looking for some extra hours in my day or even week to give this a try because it not only looks easy and fun but the materials are inexpensive and Dungeon Master G’s step by step instructions are so easy to follow, how could I not pull it off.
So most of the materials that Dungeon Master G says you need, paint, brushes, popsicle sticks I already have so now I am amped to go give this a try. Cardboard can be found cheap if you are willing to pay for it but local businesses recycle cardboard and will give it away if you ask, just ask anyone who has had to move, they know.
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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.