Category Archives: DIY Projects & El Cheapo Gaming

Arcane Portals

So I grabbed these little beauties with my last Amazon order. Now they were only $6 when I got them and the price has changed since then as seem to happen on Amazon.

Sure they are a little smaller than normal D&D mini scale but I know I can find use for tentacled magical portal. They are actually designed for the Eldritch Horror board game by Litko Game Accessories. The folks over at Litko make a bunch of handy tokens, markers, other little bits for a vareity of board games, war games and RPG’s. I’ve got a bunch of their tokes to use with Savage Worlds as Shaken, Wound and other markers plus I picked up their Savage Worlds AOE templates which of course I’ve been known to use in other games. All of which are generic enough I could use for other games. Their stuff is made of acrylic so be picky about what glue you use. Other than that they are pretty handy. Really, go check out their RPG stuff.
Keep those dice a rolling, folks.

Finally Did My Character Sheet for Sharp Swords

Still working on all the bells and whistles I want to prepare for Sharp Swords and Sinister Spells. Today’s little project my own little character sheet. Since the rules are pretty lite there aren’t that many differences. The one thing I did want to add is a Luck Track plus this serves as a little cheat sheet for the die chain. I know it’s pretty simple but but some folks find that extra little bit of reference handy. Enjoy.
My Character Sheet

Some More Random Thoughts On O5R

Yeah, O5R or making Fifth Edition D&D a little more old School. The last post I did on this was all about mechanics and some are my DM is going to use in his next campaign. This post is more of rant about mind set and fluff.
So much of the OSR style of play centers around the players not being limited by the rules. That may sound crazy. Old School games don’t have every little thing spelled out on how to handle a character trying something. So the players tend to try crazier and more outlandish tactics. They will try to find new uses for anything including spells. This is where that whole rulings not rules thing comes in. Don’t let the rules stop you from trying something. Doesn’t mean you will succeed but try any way. The DM needs to learn how to wing it and when to yes or yes but.. And as a DM, keep your job simple. Don’t worry about every little bit of rules minutia (unless you have someone who just loves being a rules lawyer and that’s a whole other problem). Let the players have fun and try those crazy plans.
Now the other thing is fluff. Reading thru the Players Handbook, Monster Manual and the splat books, you’ll notice that everything is tied to Forgotten Realms. As DM, let the players color outside of the lines. If they want to have their character be something and there isn’t exactly that class. Find the closest mechanically and change the fluff. The same goes for things like spells. Don’t have change the mechanics just fluff. I had an idea for Yuan Ti Druid. For Good Berry, instead of conjuring berries; how about a handful of lethargic mice.
I don’t mean to say to anyone, “You’re playing it wrong.” And I know that YMMV depending on the group and its dynamic and the experience of the DM and players. But I do have these bits of wisdom. Roll dice. Have fun. And don’t be afraid to color outside the lines now and then.

Tubes of Mini’s

A quick and dirty post here and shout out to the astute members of the Facebook Mutant Crawl Classics group.
Someone found this cool tube of crazy robots that are prefect for MCC or another gonzo Sci-Fi/Space Opera type game on Amazon. And thanks to Amazon’s love selling extras, it recommended a tube of Fantasy Mini’s by the same manufacturer.
All in all not bad. The robots are well robots and bigger than your normal 25/28 mm scale mini’s but that’s OK. The fantasy ones are mostly pretty cool. The dwarf, orcs, and two headed orcish types are larger but pretty close to the standard scale. The dragons are just about the right size. But a couple seem king of silly. They are made of soft plastic and looking at Amazon at least one person has started to paint them. All in all a pretty good buy. Hey, you’re smart. You do the math.
Ok so here’s a couple of pics. First we got the fantasy ones with a couple of standard mini’s for scale.

And the Robots with some Galaxy Laser Team minis.

Zombies!

It’s Halloween time and that means all sorts of cheap finds. There’s the Skeleton Army that’s going around and these’ have been doing around too. I don’t remember where I saw them first. Not sure if it was Facebook or G+ but I finally found some at the local Dollar Tree. Now, interesting things. They weren’t with the rest of the Halloween stuff but with the toys. So you might need to check depending.
As you can see below, they are bigger than your standard 25mm mini’s. But then for just $1, you get 10 zombies (some appear in modern attire). two tombstones, and two zombie dogs. Not a bad. I’m starting to get a good collection of these oversized mini’s at dirt cheap prices.

Here they are pictured with some of the skeletons, some standard scale mini’s and one of the Mythic Bucket mini’s.

Planeswalker Mini’s Deal!

So here’s another deal that I grabbed up last week over on Amazon as an “Add-On Item, Arena of the Planeswalkers Shadows Over Innistrad Game for only about $7. I admit I have zero interest in the game itself. But after a little Google Fu, there’s about twenty mini’s in there and for $7 I couldn’t pass it up. Sure only five of them are prepainted and they do have the larger Heroscape bases but they are still 25/28 mm scale.

You can see the larger bases above. Plus I mentioned Heroscape. Well you get a few more compatible plastic tiles, a cardboard hex map, a shiny new d20, those odd Heroscape dice, various game pieces, and three of these neat stands that would make cool flying bases.

All in all. I consider it a pretty good steal. And other games in the series are currently at massive discounts on Amazon.

More Skeletons!

Thanks to the thrifty gamers on G+ and FB who found these little (or big) buggers at their local Dollar General. The low down is that it’s 10 skeletons for $1. And yes they are already putting out Halloween decorations.
Of course they are a little big compared to your standard mini. You could always use them as Giant Skeletons or whatever the craft necromancer came up with.

However, if you’ve been along at home with this blog you should remember the TimMee Galaxy Laser Force mini’s and the True Legends Mythic Bucket. A quick note on the Mythic Bucket. Yes, you can find it on Amazon but according to my Google Fu, this is a Toys R Us exclusive. Which means the one’s you’re finding on Amazon are from resellers who massively marked up the price. And of course there’s some knights I picked up at Goodwill. There’s many variations of those available on Amazon. For these mini’s, the Skeleton Army is almost the exact same scale.

So check out your local Dollar General and all those discount stores too. Halloween is cornucopia of cool things for games. And there’s a good chance any excess school supplies could be on clearance. Because who doesn’t need more graph paper. Look for them on the shelves.