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#21702
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Recently I found an art supply store located near my new office, so I checked it out...

Lo and behold, they must have had well over 200 different types of specialty paper in stock.

From this AWESOME selection I found these types of paper (that I intend to use as various floor and wall coverings):

Goldenrod and Cornsilk Burlap
Beige and Brown Buckskin
Leopardskin patterned paper
Ice Swirl
...and a lot of other colours and patterns.

The best part was (apart from the price) was the high quality, texture and strength of the paper.

If you find an Art supply store nearby (with a sizable specialty paper slection) you may want to check it out.
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#21703
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
I've found that ordinary hand-outs or other supplementary materials tend to get a better reception when they are printed on any sort of parchment paper, even if it's just parchment-colored stationery paper from the office supply store. Maps, letters, family trees, and many other in-game papers benefit from non-standard paper and an esoteric font choice.

If the art place sells large sheets of paper, you may even be able to create large maps (if you have the means to have them printed out at Kinko's). Tabloid paper (11"x17") can be printed on any printer that takes standard paper by the long (11") side, rather than the short side (8.5").

Some craft stores also carry scissors that will cut a pattern into the edge of your paper, such as crenellated or scalloped edges -- I'm pretty sure they sell one that makes a ragged edge as well.

As an example of how you can add flavor to a game supplement with font choice and layout, I once gave players in a feudal-oriental game a letter. I used a font that made the English characters look vaguely eastern, and I broke the sheet into several columns -- each column held a sentence with one word per line, so it read top to bottom, left to right. It didn't affect the content of the letter, but my players did appreciate that it looked somewhat exotic.
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#21704
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
I've been using craft scraps (printed papers, textured papers, pieces of leather, felt, etc.) for years in my game. I also have a couple of really great bookmarks that a few other users here have in their collection--they're long "carpet runner" type bookmarks made of woven cloth. They are awesome as rugs in a DF setting.

If you can't find somethng like that, check out www.decoratetoday.com (www.decoratetoday.com/products/rugs/default.asp?si=4) and use some of the rug patters there to print on high-quality paper for area rugs in your DF rooms.

Leather scraps from fabric stores or Michael's also work nicely for hides too. Just trace out a bear-skin pattern on the leater (or faux fur) and cut it out to the desired shape. Great effect all around.

Recently I've been using Scrap Book paper (12" x 12" sheets) for lake fire effetcs. Michael's has this REALLY awesome orange crumpled textured paper that works great for rooms that are lava lakes (see this pic for an example: www.purgatorio.com/gameroom/dantes_game/photos/crw039.html). That picture doesn't really do justice to the way this paper looks in person.

Michael's also has some blueish green shiny paper with that same texture. Looks a lot like water and is cheaper than the plastic sheets that IO uses in his excellent setups.
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#21705
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Actually, Dante, that pic looks pretty amazing in its own right. I think I'm going to have to spend some serious time in the paper section of my local art shops soon....

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#21706
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Michael's also has some blueish green shiny paper with that same texture. Looks a lot like water and is cheaper than the plastic sheets that IO uses in his excellent setups.
Awe *Beep* i was just in my Micael's this weekend looking for something to do water, why couldn't you have posted this before i did my errands on Saturday?? ;)
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#21707
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
I didn't notice any of that type where I was, so I guess I'm off to Mikes next.

Thanks Dante for the suggestion.
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#21708
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Hey, no problem, Wereweasel. Glad to help. I bought some of that plasticard stuff that Invicibleoverlord uses. It's great but really expensive. Then I saw this stuff at Michael's and thought it would do in a pinch for those small, watery areas that I don't have a ton of DF water tiles for. Make sure you're looking in the Scrap Booking section where they keep all of that kind of paper.

L--thanks for the compliment. Seeing this stuff in person really is much better though! ;-}~
What's really cool is that my son, who is just three and a half, says, "Wow! Dad! Is that FIRE???" hee hee!
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#21709
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Dante -

You can NEVER catch them too young for the design and setup part of this hobby.
Now, for the actual D&D game itself, yeah, under 12 is shaky. But just setting up dungeons and caverns and taverns and starships, NAH, as soon as they can pick up the stuff without dropping it, if they have an idea, turn 'em loose!
Give the little guy a hug from "uncle" Jim and "aunt" Sandy, and congratulate him on his enthusiasm. He'll probably never meet us, but we think very highly of him anyway.

See ya!

Jim
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#21710
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
The scrap-booking section!?! HORROR!!!

If your under-12s can be trusted not to throw them around, DF pieces are very much like blocks or Legos. And even if you don't want to start them on actual rules systems, you can still have interactive story adventures with DF and miniatures. Just keep things G or PG (depending on the kids and the parents), and be prepared for sudden plot twists and genre changes from the kids.
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#21711
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
and be prepared for sudden plot twists and genre changes from the kids.
jack -

With the crew I usually end up with at Shore Leave, I get plenty of plot twists and genre changes!
And of course, I ALWAYS toss in one or two of my own - at least!!

Seriously, try to attend this year; I guarantee Saturday's game will have enough twists and changes to satisfy ALL your little monsters, regardless of age or gender!
And one or two characters could actually have THOSE changed during the course of the game...

See ya!

Jim
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#21712
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Wereweasel

Thanks for the ideas. It's always good to get some extra ideas. This is what I love about thos place.

Dante

I agree - the fire lake looks great.

All

In regard to small children and durability - here are my experiences. With classic DF I have never seen any problems - even if stuff gets dropped. One problem are small pieces - like the coin stacks. Children love them - but you risk that they end up on the floor and end up in a hoover.
The only DF items not recommended for children at all - DF figures. I have too much breakage already and I try to keep them out of their hands wherever possible.

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#21713
Specialty paper for floor and wall coverings. 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
I have learned that with a 2 year old you have to lock the gaming room door!
I recently discovered my little girl with some DF and a Skaven Warlord figure, bashing the two together with glee and shouting "Daddy's yellow soldier in his house!"

I stayed calm!

Dave :)
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