March 5

Kickstarter – Fabled Environments Presents: Wild West Floorplans

You got your sarsaparilla and some purdy dice, but somethin’s missin’! You need some shiny new western floor plans for your table!!

Even though I don’t yet have a use for these plans, if I ever get around to doing the western game then I may have to make use of these plans.

I have backed their previous project for the shopping mall and I was very impressed with it, a massive shopping mall ready to be printed out.

February 3

Virtual Tabletop gaming

After seeing a projector combined with a virtual tabletop on a friend’s FaceBook timeline it got me thinking if I could do something like that.  The projector is going to be expensive so I thought perhaps going for a cheaper alternative and playing in the same room with tablets; each one becoming a miniature map showing each player what their character can see.

I’m sure something like that could work.  Android tablets are very cheap these days and Roll20 can be used for free so that’s two of the major stumbling blocks out of the way, the only worry I have is that perhaps playing this way you would lose the atmosphere around the gaming table.  While I have had success using a virtual tabletop like Roll20 online you can make allowances for the fallibility of the technology in play, having you lose connection to the server when sitting around the gaming table could be potentially much worse as people scrabble around to find the dice and characters sheets which can normally be found to hand.

Perhaps I’ll give it a try and see what comes of it, after all nothing ventured, nothing gained right?

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June 15

Iron Atlas: Digital Miniatures System for Roleplaying Games

Iron Atlas: Digital Miniatures System for Roleplaying Games

In my previous post I mentioned about my iPad being my GM Binder and now something else has made me sit up and take notice.  There is currently a Kickstarter in the works that promises to allow you to use your tablet to create a virtual battlemat and run encounters.

It certainly looks impressive and you can find  a link to the project here:

Thanks to Lester Smith for pointing me in the direction of the project.

April 19

Obsidian portal

With the new campaign in full swing I ran into a problem; I wanted a way of giving the group background information on the world and also a way to keep track of their adventures.

My other group has a campaign Wiki powered by Media Wiki.  I gave a lot of thought into setting one up for the group but the more I read the more I realised I didn’t have the knowledge, hosting or wherewithal to set one up. So on the urging of a fellow gamer I decided to try Obsidian portal which promised to perform all the campaign functions I desired.

Once I got started with Obsidian portal I saw the potential for it. All the hard work is done for you as there are several predetermined categories; Wiki, adventure log, characters.
Using these categories its easy to input the information you want and there are places to record GM only information so you can keep private notes.

The character tab deserves a special mention as there are several popular games systems available and the digital sheets look very nice. I was pleasantly suprised to find that the All Flesh Must Be Eaten template also calculates life points and essence points.

If you’re looking for a collaborative Wiki site to store your campaign information its worth a look. You can get a basic account for free, paid accounts get you a forum for your campaign, more space to store maps and the ability to make your campaign hidden or friends only.  

You can find the link to Obsidian portal here:

April 3

Roll20 the virtual table-top

I know this may seem somewhat of a redundant post doing two in one evening but this doesn’t really belong there and it should be separate and distinct.  Rather than being a story related article, its more of a nuts and bolts piece; a glimpse behind the curtain.

When I started gaming miniatures were not exactly the norm, you could quite happily get away without using them but they did add another dimension to the game.  You could see where people were in relation to the things that were trying to eat them and it was a good thing.

The problem lay with trying to find the perfect miniature for your character or the monster for the evening.  You could get common miniatures like giant rats or goblins for the games but some of the more esoteric creatures were harder to come by.  Plus you also had to be a dab hand with a brush to bring them to like; anyone who ever saw my undercoated space marines knows what I’m talking about 🙂

So while the added dimension was worth it the many complications weren’t and slowly I gave up trying to use them.

When D&D 3 was released like many other gamers I picked up a wipe clean ChessexTM battlemat and wondered how I was going to portray the action to the players.  That’s when I discovered the joy of map tiles, pre-printed tiles you could purchase on-line and print them out to assemble a map.  I bought a few, printed several out, cut them and laminated them to great effect but there was also the added work of trying to assemble a dungeon that resembled the one in the module that you had.

It was about this time that I discovered Fiery Dragon Press, a company producing 25mm tokens in packs that you could buy and cut out, so if you needed a few goblins you were covered.  The quality was certainly a step up in the counter market and I got a lot of use out of them.  They later sold CD-ROMs packed with the images and you could easily print one or two or even a whole host of these tokens for you game.  Since they were paper you could abuse them knowing that more could be printed out for another day.

Anyway, moving the clock on a bit further I came across Roll 20 the Virtual Table Top, a browser based service that lets you play virtual games with your friends almost as though you are sitting around the same dining room table.

A system like this calls out for quality maps and tokens and this is what I wanted to draw your attention to; several manufacturers who produce high quality products for you to use.


DramaScape produce some excellent maps both in pdf and have taken to including a file for use with your virtual table-top.  I have purchased quite a lot of their product and have been impressed by it.  The only downside is that the files for Roll20 are bigger than the maximum upload size and I have been using an image program called RIOT to shrink them.  You can find DramaScape here:

Fabled Environments also produce some excellent blueprints and they are pretty good, I just wish they would provide a file that can be used in Roll20 rather than a straight pdf.  There homepage is here:

Stoneworker Cartography have some very good looking maps and some interesting designs.  I am quite taken with the modern ones and hope to use one or two of them in an upcoming game.  Website:


Arion Games have created some great looking paper miniatures and I hope that they will branch out into the marketplace for Roll20 tokens.  Website:

Devin Night recently saved my backside with his free zombie token and I have since purchased some more to use later on.  Website:

Studio Wyldfurr produce top down tokens with a variety of poses for each character with distinctive features that make them stand out from other companies.  Website:

I’ll add more posts as I discover and use more content.

The Roll20 Website: