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#27159
New lair (nearly) up and running 7 Years ago  
Hey hey, as some of you may know, i've recently undergone a cross-country move and have had my usual gametable disowned as a result...

after months of intense labour, scrimping and corner-cutting... i bring you folks... Nick's DnD hut 2e!

I've covered an old coffee table with green cloth, which i've gridded to give a permanent but highly modifiable play surface, and have been in production of buildings and features with which to populate it. I've got two medieval tudor-style houses done, with a third on the way, as well as an arcane tower and a guard tower in their infant stages. I've found a few trees in my girlfriend's old toys and picked up some awesome iron fences (made of real metal) being sold as christmas village accessories (1.00$ per 8 inches! score!)

Aside from that, we've been busy furninshing the room where all this playing will be happening. Note the totally awesome mustard-yellow DM throne, with DF peices to the right and Minis to the left. We also have incredibly 80's looking couches, shackles, and a dart-board with britney spears' face on it. I'm not sure why.

Also in production stages at the moment is an under-table which will fit under the grass-top coffee table, and roll out on a set of wheels. My campaigns usually involve a lot of outdoor exploration and campaigning so this setup will be perfect. The plan is to preconstruct dungeons using DF peices on the sub-table, and then simply roll them out when the party enters them.

I also really just plain like that flat-roof house... i'm toying with the idea of somehow writing a one on one unarmed duel between a brutish half-orc thug and a PC of the party's choosing on it. Would be fun to have the half-orc try to escape along the rooftops if his HP drops too low.

Anywho, it's a little ways off yet, but thanks to how easy and quick it is to produce those buildings, i should be able to DM again real soon :)










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#27160
New lair (nearly) up and running 7 Years ago  
I thought I was the only one with a DM throne from 1983. Although mine is faded green, the cushion sags with no one sitting in it and if you remember that plastic like fiber that was very close to velcro, yeap you guessed it, the chair has that kind of covering. The height of fashion I guess in the late 70's. Glad to see you up and running again.

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#27161
New lair (nearly) up and running 7 Years ago  
WOW!!

DM's that get to sit down; what a cool idea!

In MY game room, we stand up around a 4'x8' game table, that is gaming 10 months of the year, and Sandy's Christmas Railroad table the other 2 months (it's getting prepped now for this season). We DO get stools to sit on, but they're still the backless, hard wooden seat kind for now; I have hopes for padded barstools one day, if the gaming continues.
However, with MOST of the underside of the table filled with DF boxes, I feel I HAVE got the corner on DF sets, not to mention other gaming accessories from GW, WotC, and other folks. So I guess, all things considered, I should just shut UP and quit whining, eh?

Looks good, Gnome!
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#27162
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What a comfortable chair!
Where do you keep all you DM charts and secret stuff? My DM'ing has usually been done at a kitchen table, a large one (by Nakashima) and I have it walled off with cardboard DM screens on one side to keep the prying eyes away...everyone else sits close together around the rest of the large table as in a conference. Your set up looks very comfortable and laid back:)
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#27163
New lair (nearly) up and running 7 Years ago  
The way this room will work is that everyone will have their character sheet and anything else paper that they need on their own personal clipboard. As for the DM, a little more space is needed so i'm looking for one of those sliding TV dinner trays, which will be equipped with a DM screen. At that point, i could have maps and treasure on the screen, monsters on the table and still have enough room for secret dice rolls.

But yes, i do run a very casual DnD game... not that we don't get really into it, but we certainly aren't what you'd call purists.
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...the secret die rolls....mmmwwwaaaa...mmmwwwhhhaaaaaa!!!!
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#27165
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they could mean the difference between a beholder with 50 hp... and a beholder with 150 hp.

In other words, the difference between a vicorious and wealthy party and a bloodied smear on the wall.

I love being DM :)
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#27166
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Nice....
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#27167
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It's a good gaming room. Do you have more plans for it in the future? I'm kind of working on mine so I'm stealing any idea I can! ;)

Is it Britney pre-crazy or post-crazy?
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#27168
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Pre-crazy, of course. That's the Britney we love to hate. She actually got on my good side by initiating a self-destructive shit-storm of drugs and lysol abuse.

So far, plans for the room include the putting up of drapes over all of the unused clutter, to take away a lot of the visual distractions and help players focus more on the game.

Also, I'm going to be picking up the ruined tower from Hirst Arts and making a bunch of modular peices that can be added to small DF dungeons right on the green table, making for an extremely complete-looking encounter. DF is pretty on its own, but when it sits within its own realistic environment, it's simply incredible.

On that note, does anyone here know if plaster of paris is an alright moulding medium? It recommends it on the HA site, but mentions that there are much better products available... i know a lot of the people here use resin, but i don't have that kinda money. If i was to use plaster, even if i'm very careful with them, i'm afraid the peices might not have a very long life... anyone cast with it before?
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"So, Mr. Ghaal, what would you say is the main driving force behind Gorgoroth's music?"
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#27169
New lair (nearly) up and running 7 Years ago  
Hi -
Great ideas for the game room. I really should get to work on mine ... which is now banished to our basement since MY playroom became my 4-y.o. daughter's playroom.

I'd avoid the basic plaster of paris ... it's too brittle and will chip in a strong breeze. You don't want to put so much effort into terrain items and have them deteriorate on you.

I'd suggest using dental plaster ... it's more dense, cures harder and is more durable. It's more expensive, of course, but not as much as having to recast your broken plaster of paris pieces. Like any manufacturing component, you can get better deals for larger volume.

Oh, I'd also suggest tinting the plaster (to somewhat match your terrain project) so, when it does chip (it even happens with resin) the blemish isn't so glaring as a white, blue or yellow plaster.

Good luck !!

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#27170
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I've done tinted plaster before, actually, when i cast a big ol' bucket of the stuff and chisled a bust out of it, but i found that it detracted seriously from its structural integrety. Admittedly, i did try to do like a marble swirl, so the paint was denser in areas and not in others... but yeah, where it was denser it just crumbled away like ash.
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