Category Archives: DIY Projects & El Cheapo Gaming

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.

Mutated Dinosaur Skeletons

A gang of monsters inspired by Museum at the End of Time and a few other things. First, I grabbed up a pack of cheap dinosaur skeletons on Amazon. Because you can always use dinosaur skeletons. Looking ahead to Tomb of Annihilation. But any way, here’s some of them with regular mini’s for scale.

Now here’s the stats.
Common Stats:
Init: +2; ATK: +2; AC: 12; HP: 16; Saves: Fort: +2, Ref: +0, Will:+2
Specific Stats:
Laser Rex:
Bite: 1d20; DMG: 2d5; SP: Severs Limb on a Crit.
or
Laser Eyes: 1d20; DMG: 2d6; Range: 100 feet

Mega-Stega-Spiny-osaurus:
Bite: 1d16; DMG: 1d6; and Tail Sweep: 1d16; DMG: 1d8 plus make a DC: 12 REF Save or be knocked 2d6 feet in a random direction and knocked prone.
or
Bone Spikes: 1d20; DMG: 1d6; Range: 60 feet

Tundrotops (Bonus points if you get where I was inspired for this one.):
Gore: 1d20; Damage: 2d8
or
Stone Bullets: 1d20; Damage 1d8; Range: 60 feet

Stiletto-Dactyl:
Stiletto Wings (2x): 1d16 (each); DMG: 1d6
or
Sonic Screech: DMG: 1d6 in a 30 foot line. Make DC 10 Fort Save for Half Damage.

So yeah. I’m really having a great time with Mutant Crawl Classics. The party is almost done with Museum at the End of Time. That means it’s time to start brainstorming at what to throw at them after that. Oh, I have some ideas. Stay Tuned for those.

Toys & RPG’s

If go back the earliest days of D&D toys played a big part. Legend has it that the bulette, owlbear, and rust monster were all inspired by some cheap plastic toys. Heck, this blog started off about being cheapskate gamer and I’ve posted about various toys for gaming before. But I started thinking a little bit more about it and few more thoughts bounced in my head.

Use those crazy toys for inspiration. Let them be spark of adventures, encounters, and monsters. The weirder better. There’s a good chance some of these guys will end up in my Mutant Crawl Classics Game.

Say hello to the Poop Elemental. It just wants a hug.

Size don’t matter. Or should I say scale. I’ve gotten my grubby fingers on some cool 1/72 mini’s. Sure they are smaller than you normal D&D mini’s but if they are cool then use them. Judge them by their size. Dare you just before the level drain!

It’s OK to use mini’s. And in true OSR fashion is the rules are just guidelines then the grids are just guidelines too. Uh. No pun intended. OK maybe just a little bit of a pun there.

That is if you even bother to use grids.

Now I ain’t saying that there aren’t cool mini’s out there. I use both. Those nice prepainted ones, Reaper Bones, and whatever sparks my imagination of just looks cool. If a toy looks like it might make an interesting monster then go for it.
And you may call it nostalgia. And well it is. Breaking out these little toys brings a laugh to everyone at the table (mine anyway). It brings out the feeling of being a care free kid again. And we need more moments like that now more than ever. Take the time to giggle, laugh, and play with some toys.

More Finds at the Dollar Store

This is why you stop by your local Dollar Tree looking for that nifty gaming or even geekery bargain.

That’s right Star Wars Micro Machines three packs for a buck each. Of course, I had to grab some. Because like Space Opera RPGing that’s why. Yeah I know a lot times there’s just cheap stuff that may or may not be that cool and their inventory doesn’t change that much. But with a little perseverance and some luck, you find those treasures. It’s just like a dungeon.

True Legends Mythic Bucket

This one started going around on G+ last week and even made the migration over to Facebook. So a bucket of mini’s and stuff for just under $10. I had to give it chance.
Here’s the gang of mini’s. I think the distribution is random because I got a bunch of the Legolas clones. But I got at least 4 or 5 of each coming to just over 40 miniatures.

So what do you get? Well, there’s the dragon, an elf, a female rogue/ranger with two swords, a Conan type guy, a berserker/warrior/Dwarf?, a stumpy handed orcd and two types of female sorceresses (one looks kind of evil). As you can see they are bigger than your standard D&D type 25/28 mm mini.

And here we go again.

And just like those commercials on TV. But wait there’s more. You get some terrain tidbits too. A couple of pillars with shields. A bridge. Some various rocks. A tombstone. A circular thing (magic circle) with odd things for flair. And a bunch of candles. On the site it shows trees but I didn’t get any.

Overall, I’d say it was pretty good haul for some cheap mini’s and swag. I saw prices of like $30 on Amazon and if my research is correct the reason for that is that these are a Toys R Us exclusive. Like I said you can grab them up for less than there and here’s the link.