Monday 27 February 2012

North African Buildings from Cork Floor Tiles Part II

Hi All,

Back in September last year I blogged about making some buildings from cork tiles for my Sudan gaming project. Having been distracted by other stuff for a while it was nice to get back and finish all but the fort. That will happen soon but I've decided to do a bit more modelling work on it before I paint it up.

In the meantime, here's some pics of the completed houses (one large plus three small) and mosque, along with a few tribesmen for scale. Remember to click for larger images...

I'm not sure what I'm working on next. The weather has been so rotten of late varnishing is a nightmare and inks are playing up too. Stay tuned...


The Whites are Coming!

Hello Chaps,

Another faction has been added to the chaos in the Wirral - White Russians. More info on the Port Sunlight 1938 blog but here's a teaser...


Thursday 16 February 2012

I made this! Homemade Basic D&D Dungeon Masters (sic) Screen

I've been seized by the desire to play some (very) old skool roleplay so we're kicking off a Basic D&D campaign tomorrow night with me as DM. Yes, you read right, BASIC D&D.

As the game was so simple in the basic form I figure I can just about run it using only the module in play plus the various charts and tables i.e. a DM's screen. But where to get one? They're OOP and subject to a fair bit of use being used for every game by anyone who owns one. Chances are any I find will be overly expensive or in pretty awful shape.

Sooooo... rather than bother trying to find one I decided to have a bash at making my own. I found all the charts and tables easily enough on the web in text form, massaged a few and added the bits and pieces I wanted. Somewhat enthused by the whole process I also made a "cover" based on the red box set covers.

And here she is in all her glory. Double sided, on thick black card with joints of heavy fabric tape. She has character type info on the outside for the players and the critical info on the inside for the DM. Just the ticket!

Outside showing "cover" and character type data tables i.e. level progression and saving throws
Inside showing DM type data and tables i.e. combat, cleric's turning, thief's skills and item costs
Here's all the individual pages including the "cover". Note the stern instruction to players regards their obedience and also the deliberate lack of punctuation regards ownership, just like the original books. :-)

I should point out that the images and data are all copyright of the authors and publishers, even if it is from the very mists of time. You can download a copy for yourself here.

So now I'm ready to rock. Time to roll some dice, check that THAC0 and give a carrion crawler what's coming to him.

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