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#34006
Using tea lights as suggested with DF 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
When I bought my first DF sets (oh, those one months ago) I was surprised by one suggestion on the sheet.. turn off all the lights, put a tea light by the party, and what they can see by the tea light they can see on the map. Pre-populate the dungeon with baddies, etc; characters will stumble apon them and be attacked.

It was the best D&D game we've ever played.

We only got to try it out because a member who plays over skype from Georgia was unable to attend- therefore light was not an issue. Here are some pictures:

As usual, clicking will get you to a slightly bigger photo for more inspection. Since these are low light long exposures, don't expect awesome quality or focus :) Most of the time, what we saw was SIGNIFICANTLY darker than what you see in the photos. It was literally pitch black. They loved it.



The tealights I got from Bed Bath and Beyond (the only electric ones I could find really) proved to be pretty weak light sources. I found it worked better to place multiple tea lights at the edges of their vision. They could also "throw torches" further into the cave if they wanted to expend a torch.

For personal light sources, they're using emergency chemical lights- which worked awesome.




We also used a chem light as the "light" spell the wizard could cast, since I ruled that it was more powerful than a normal torch.







After this, my wife got tired of taking pictures. :)

This cave setup is meant to roughly represent:



I think using DF we improved on it :)

I might post more pictures later on- the players entered a crypt which was light by wall sconces, but I need to get the photos from that from another player first.

Anyone else ever tried this?
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#34007
Using tea lights as suggested with DF 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
Never tried it, but that looked like a great session! (and a great suggestions from DF that I've never heard before - Bravo for trying it!)

How much were the electric tea lights?
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Using tea lights as suggested with DF 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
How much were the electric tea lights?
14 dollars for a pack of 12; 3 of which didn't work. They are pretty crummy. I think I will look around (maybe online?) for better ones.. or maybe someone knows some better ones?
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#34009
Using tea lights as suggested with DF 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
ha, ha that was jeff's suggestion...he's the True Dungeon mastermind so of course, he play's like that! You should also have clipboards with little lights on it to see your character sheets and appropriate mysterious music in the background....
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Love the pics! That game has great atmosphere.

:D
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Using tea lights as suggested with DF 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
Wow! Might have to try that...in awhile...grrrr...stupid back.

But yes defiantly a great idea and I think it would add to the fun of exploring a dungeon. Plus you do not have to really worry about covering up the other end of the dungeon. They might get a general idea of how it is going but not a definitely knowledge until they get there.

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We used to play with candles lights only, for ambiance!
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#34013
Using tea lights as suggested with DF 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
Stefan probably jumped a little when he saw these pics. I ran him threw a D&D session once at my little gaming friends weekend by using real tea light candles and DF stuff. It looked very cool. But the funny thing was Stefan elected to open a real treasure chest I had in the room for a real prop. It was hilarious when he slowly opened the lid and peered inside to find out I had it boobytrapped with flashcotton. The look on his face was priceless when a huge fireball erupted in his face.

BTW, shidarin, I am glad you had fun with the idea. Thanks for posting pics.
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You almost set me on fire!! All I can remember is a giant flash of light and thinking it was all over.....
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Using tea lights as suggested with DF 5 Years, 8 Months ago  
Stefan probably jumped a little when he saw these pics. I ran him threw a D&D session once at my little gaming friends weekend by using real tea light candles and DF stuff. It looked very cool. But the funny thing was Stefan elected to open a real treasure chest I had in the room for a real prop. It was hilarious when he slowly opened the lid and peered inside to find out I had it boobytrapped with flashcotton. The look on his face was priceless when a huge fireball erupted in his face.

BTW, shidarin, I am glad you had fun with the idea. Thanks for posting pics.

I think that might just be the best gaming story ever.
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ROTFL!!!!
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I'm with Harneloot! ROTFLMAO!!!

That's definitely shades of the Weird Pete's fireball generator in Knights of the Dinner Table.

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