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Covering cloths. - What do you use? 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
Hi Folks,
Well may be not all of us use them.

So..

1) firstly do you use a cover cloth or material to hide your layout, and reveal it at as your players progress?

2) what type of material do you use if you do?

This was one of the first ideas that struck me when I got my first sets of DF all those years ago. I initiall used to use the white polystyrene tops to the storage trays as a quick simple yet ugly solution.

Then i used to use sheets of paper, as they could be overlayed and removed in smaller sections.

Well then I got some polycotton material but it sagged a bit too freely and would disslodge scenery when removed.

However the other day whilst surfing a well known auction site. I found a place selling the course black lining material used on the bottom of the furniture. I have purchase some of this.

When it arrives, I will see if it works on its own. I am hoping it will have just the right rigidity to spand the likes of small rooms without major sag.
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Re:Covering cloths. - What do you use? 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
I swiped some black cloth dinner napkins from the wife (so far she hasn't missed them). They are about 12" square, works very good. Big enough to provide cover but not so big it takes up a lot of table space from overhang.
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Re:Covering cloths. - What do you use? 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
I use cut pieces of foam core...
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Re:Covering cloths. - What do you use? 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
So far I have used sections of black cotton cloth. I cut the cloth into various smaller sizes so it's easier to reveal individual rooms and passageways as they are explored.

There is some of the sagging that you mentioned, but for smaller rooms and passages it isn't much of an issue, and with larger rooms I usually include pillars in the room layout that end up providing support for the cloth.

I also like to have the cloth pieces overlap each other and use extra DF pieces as support in any blank sections to keep the cloth as "even" as possible and not give away the dungeon layout by showing the dead spaces.
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Re:Covering cloths. - What do you use? 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
I just cut up some cardboard boxes and made pieces of various
sizes. Works great and easy to get more:)
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Re:Covering cloths. - What do you use? 2 Years, 4 Months ago  
Well £8 roughly has got my 5m x 1.5m of this black material. Just waiting for it to arrive to see how well it works as a gover. If it don'es then it can underneath. So covered for all eventualities. :).. I hope!

M4jumbo, yes I do the same often setting up complete rooms with no entrances off to the side.. these help avoid giving away what the true layout in and often cause confusion as to how to reach them.. lol (though they are not always possible to reach.
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Re:Covering cloths. - What do you use? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
It kills me to see such things! lol

Is there anyone out there who has come up with a more creative solution to illustrate such Fogs of Darkness?

"Covering Cloths" don't leave much to the imagination ;D unless of course it represents the end of all things, The Nothing!

Seeing how we humans, overseers of DnD can "see" the universe (playable game space) from above, I am surprised to see not many people use a method that illustrates true fog of war and darkness. One would imagine a system that reveals partial grounds through the fog "cloth." ;)

That leaves me with the adventurous quest to create the first prototype. I'll get to it when I can and will keep you all posted on the progress. :)
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Re:Covering cloths. - What do you use? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Some of us wait until the party reaches area before we put terrain on the table.

It doesn't take much time during game play if you set up the whole thing beforehand, then remove the pieces to group them by room or area/feature. Use a reference map if it helps.

IIRC, certain types of felt at the craft store come in semi-rigid 1'x1' squares.
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