Maps for visualising a battlefield during combat, often with grids and used in combination with miniatures or tiles. Not to be confused with the [maps] tag, which is for maps of larger areas, like city or world maps.

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Are there any online virtual tabletops with 2.5D or 3D views?

Currently my group uses Roll20.net for online gaming but I want something more visually appealing and variable. I found a list of VTTs but the only alternatives to top-down is a 3D virtual tabletop ...
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20 foot square versus a 20 foot circle on a battle mat

A druid in my game used the Entangle spell, and it was pretty easy to know how a 20' square rendered on a battle mat with a 5' spacing grid. Now he also knows Spike Growth... The Spike Growth effect ...
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How do I avoid placing useless battle grid features?

I'm not very good for map building, actually, especially on tactical games such as Savage Worlds; however every time I add some map feature, it becomes so useless or non-interesting that it ends up ...
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How to use Paizo-style module flip-mats without spoilering the players?

How does a GM use Paizo-style module flip-mats at the table without giving away the entire layout of the level? Take, for instance, Paizo's Emerald Spire Flip-Mat Mega-Pack… wouldn't putting one of ...
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What battle maps do I use for Legacy of the Crystal Shard?

I just bought the Dungeons and Dragons Legacy of the Crystal Shard campaign. What battle maps would I use with that?
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Windows application for Pathfinder combat [duplicate]

Is there any good application for Windows, where can I have combat map, something like figures and maybe some tracker (HP, initiative, etc.) where can I try out some combat situations in Pathfinder ...
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What happens when you step off the battle map?

D&D 4th Edition is heavily map-based in combat, right down to dungeon tiles and insert maps and the like. But what happens if a creature moves off the map, either willingly or through forced ...
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What kind of mat for a 1 inch grid is good?

I'm preparing a D&D campaign, and am unsure of what kind of materials I should use for the battle grid. At first I thought of using simple grid paper and to draw on it because I am good at ...
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How can I run a combat on a small sphere?

In an upcoming campaign I'm planning, I would like a combat encounter to take place on a small sphere, with gravity pointing in towards the center. I'd like a sphere about 50' in diameter - something ...
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What model railroad scale is closest to my 1-inch grid?

I play my tabletop games on a 1-inch grid, where each square represents a 5-foot square. I am looking for some stock scenery I can purchase to make my games a little more interesting and varied. Some ...
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How can I clean a stained battlemat?

I just bought a brand new $40 Chessex Battlemat. Instead of reading the included paper I just assumed that Crayola "WASHable markers" would easily wash off. Now I have a brand new mat covered in ...
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How would I run a game of Legend without a Battlemap?

Since both battle-mats and miniatures tend to be fairly expensive (and I would personally prefer a more descriptive style of battles anyway), I was wondering how one might run a game of Legend without ...
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Tips for creating engaging modern setting battle maps?

I'm playing a modern horror campaign, basically "Exorcist cops vs Japanese Folklore creatures". The combats take place in the city, and this, I think, it causing my battles to be dull, like a Final ...
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Draw maps while playing rather than beforehand?

I use a huge Chessex wet-erase battle mat to draw maps from published adventures on and I'm currently running The Lost Mines of Karak Lode. It's, by far, the largest map I've had my party play. It's ...
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Can Savage Worlds be played effectively on a Square or Hex Grid?

Can Savage Worlds be played effectively on a Square or Hex Grid? And if so, what sort of resources are there for converting Savage world distances (move speeds, ranges, blast sizes) to fit the grid?
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Is there a product that offers hexagonal dungeon tiles?

I've searched a lot and found a lot of do-it-yourself hexagon dungeon tile printing. Does anyone know of a finished product that uses dungeon tiles with hexagons instead of squares? I'm looking for ...
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Pre-built square-grid maps?

I will be running a 4e adventure tomorrow night. The adventure will take place in Fallcrest. One of the main sites will be a Raven Queen temple in the city. I need to put together a map of the ...
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Could a “Fog of war” prop break a game in any way?

I'm going to run the Pathfinder's Beginners Box scripted adventure that has a dungeon map printed. This is not only the first time GMing, it's my first time playing an RPG. All of the party are new ...
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How can I efficiently manage Ship to Ship Tactical Combat and Boarding?

I'm planning a campaign that will involve a fair amount of ship to ship combat and boarding. My group is accustomed to using a square grid battle mat, and I'm concerned about the mechanics of the ...
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Is there any mapping software that can print large battlemaps?

Years ago, I used Dundjinni to create battlemaps for the game I ran. However, each individual map was restricted in size such that it corresponded to the size of a piece of normal 8.5" x 11", and this ...
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Are there any freely available documents about the math of hex maps?

Are there any freely available documents for math regarding hex maps? I'm especially searching for hex maps of whole planets. How do such programs as "Traveller Heaven & Earth" calculate the ...
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What are good techniques to adapt module maps to 3D terrain and/or 2D tilesets?

This is slightly related to How to Use Module Maps but instead of being about how to adapt published small maps to 1" scale or using playmats, I'm interested in technique for adapting to pre-published ...
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Efficient / flexible terrain - Creating a clear hex grid

A little background: Our terrain system has always been drawing on a whiteboard. We use blue for water, etc. People/Creatures/Objects are glass tokens (sharpied labels on ours, green for friends, ...
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What is a good method for storing papercraft buildings and the like?

I've recently taken to creating papercraft buildings, castle walls and towers, bridges, crates, hay-bales, etc. for my tabletop RPG combat sessions: They are fragile and need to be stored upright ...
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What are the ramifications of replacing a square based combat grid with a hex based one?

I have a personal preference for hexes over squares - the latter present some problems in terms of diagonal movement, and aliasing for certain area effects, that are just handled better with hexes. ...
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How do you transition from 1-page dungeon map to battle mat?

I have a bunch of different ways I use to make maps for my tabletop game. Sometimes I draw one on graph paper. Sometimes I use Dungeonographer. Sometimes I copy a map from a published adventure or ...
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How do I make my own battle mats?

Premise: I live far from the US, and for me, paying U$S20+shipping for Chessex Battle Mats is out of the question (I just spent U$S 114 for a full lineup of DnD Essentials, and this extra expense ...
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What are some persistent, virtual, web based, battlemats?

For the chat based playtest of various questions on this site, I find myself wondering about online battlemaps. My current intension is to use Google spreadsheets to present an abstract, if ...
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What do I need to set up and use a projector as a tabletop?

I have a really nice projector for my home theater, and I am considering using it for a tabletop gaming setup as well. What do I need to know about mounting it? What are the tricks or issues? What ...
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Squares vs. hexes on battle mats

I've always felt that hexes were easier for laying things out on the gaming table in terms of movement and areas of effect because you can do more angles without doing counting tricks. Squares however ...