lann posted on Thursday, October 31, 2002 - 10:55 am
Overhead Projectors! An absolute must for any roleplaying group. Gone are the days when we all huddle around a piece of A4, or I hand out countless maps (photocopy's). Now all I do is spend a few minutes tracing one of those nice ICE maps onto the clear plastic and VAROOM - instant big map on wall for all players to see!
Also really good for large scale battles & close quarter battles alike! No more arguments about who's where and what the distances are - because BOSH - it's up on the wall - truly fantastic!
SO people get with the program. We picked ours 2nd hand up for around £60 - and it's the best investment I've made in years.
I can't even remember what life was like before it!
Frank Smith posted on Thursday, October 31, 2002 - 11:08 am
An interesting idea. Have you tried scanning a (color) map and printing it onto suitable clear plastic sheet?
Another possibility -- print character figures as counters onto transparency sheets. Now you have "miniatures" suitable for use with your OH projector.
lann posted on Thursday, October 31, 2002 - 11:11 am
Funny you should say that Frank but I may just try doing that. I have a scanner but I'm not sure if I would need a special printer. Ah well nothing ventured nothing gained I suppose.
PS I do use 'coloured' pens on my traced maps but I hear what your saying.
shnar posted on Thursday, October 31, 2002 - 11:28 am
Just do it at a copy-shop like Kinko's. No need to scan, just simply photocopy onto a clear sheet. I used to do that with HexGrids and using whiteboard markers, I'd draw on maps and stuff.
kedrake posted on Friday, November 01, 2002 - 8:40 am
We use a couple 2x3 sheets with 1" hexes laid on the table, then we lay a sheet of saftey glass down on top of them. The pages stay put, and you write on the glass with dry erase markers to sketch rooms, trees, monster locations, whatever...
Works great with minatures as well.
smug posted on Sunday, November 03, 2002 - 7:03 am
If you use heating to fix ink (ie, laser print or photocopier) make sure that you use the sepcial photocopiable transparencies.
If you use inkjet, I think that there are special transparancies for that, too, although it is just to improive the quality (the ones for laser printing and photocopier, above, will prevent you from destroying yout machine).
Anonymous posted on Monday, January 06, 2003 - 12:05 am
I've used a small white board (4' x 3') with erasiable markers, to do flooor plans etc. and that's worked well for years.
Started to scan maps onto transparent sheets - what a belting result - even works well with colour.
ICE maps - on a huge big white wall - fantastic!!!!
radar410 posted on Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 6:30 am
Wow!!! I just draw in ink the battlefield out on a sheet of 8 1/2" X 11" notebook paper on a 1:20 scale, I have drafted for decades. Then I place the characters & monsters i pencil. This involves a lot of erasing, but goes quickly. I like the ways yall do things though, very creative.