Real-world items used to enhance a game.

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What can I do to paper to make it look aged?

I want to add some props to my game, I'm thinking of ancient scrolls or maps. What methods can I do to artificially age the paper in order to make it look older? A simple google search gives several ...
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Is it common to wear costumes when (tabletop) roleplaying?

I have seen this a lot in many videos/TV clips. People wearing mage robes or armour pieces when roleplaying. I have always thought it was an exaggeration and played for laughs. But I have seen so much ...
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Music during game or not? [closed]

We tried to use background music during gaming sessions, but it turned out to be an annoyance. Do you have success stories, and which music did you use ?
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How to add invisible ink to a character sheet?

I am planning on running a game (not sure what system yet) with pre-made characters for a few weeks while one of my friends is back home for Christmas. I had an idea that one of the characters has ...
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How much detail should I include in medieval maps for players?

I am running a campaign in the Eberron (DnD) setting, but really, this question could apply to anyone running a game in a medieval setting. I wanted to know what level of detail/accuracy to include ...
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Software to make DIY Item Cards

I'm a big fan of Paizo's GameMastery item cards. I also like GoDeckYourself but I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other software or websites that can be used to make your own Item Cards or Power ...
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“Phys-repping” a large creature at a LARP?

A 'phys-rep' is something used by a LARP to phys-ically rep-resent something that isn't present at a game. For instance, in a local system I play in, a red hat "phys-reps" being invisible. (I don't ...
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How do I find artwork to inspire adventure design? [closed]

Often when I find a cool piece of artwork online, I build some scene in my upcoming adventure around it and then show the image to the players during the session. The more cool artwork I have access ...
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How can I make realistic looking potions as handouts

I'd like to give my group some realistic looking potions as handouts. Does anyone have tips on how I could make these look awesome?
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How can I safely represent non-combat fire magic?

I'm looking for something to visually represent non-combat fire magic. It needs to be small enough to carry discretely, short range (to reduce the risk of setting people on fire), cool- flames and ...
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Where can I find good 2D representation of AD&D 1st edition monsters

I am looking for a good source of images of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition monsters from the Monster Manual, Fiend Folio, and Monster Manual II. Sure, there are drawings of most of ...
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Creating realistic newspaper articles

For a "wall of crazy" I want as a prop in an upcoming horror game I need some quite a few newspaper articles. What tools and techniques can I use to create them?
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Resources for 3D printable RPG props?

I would like to introduce more map-based props (figures, terrain, obstacles, etc.) into my game. In particular, I'd like to be able to use a 3D printer to make props specific to whatever encounters a ...
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What should be considered when deciding if and how to use props?

GMs and players who have experience with props in their games, what do you think about when considering props to use and how to use them? How might props be used to further the game, instead of ...
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How can I use lights at night without breaking immersion?

What techniques do people use at a LARP to provide light at nighttime without breaking immersion? Especially when some players complain about ruining their 'night vision'. There are some constraints, ...
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Mood lighting for a dungeon adventure

I'm looking for some specific solutions to help with the following situation: I will be running a 4 to 5 person Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition adventure. The setting is the classic ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of using props to represent Magic at larp?

As the question says I'd like to know what the advantages and disadvantages of using a prop for magic spells are. I'm specifically interested in the idea of throwing bean bags at people, and why it ...
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How can I make rituals convincing and evocative?

Most LARP systems feature an option for ritual magic; Long drawn out magic scenes involving a variety of actions, words and props, as well as having to fit to specific timings (longer rituals for ...
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How could I procure an Illithid mask?

I'm playing going to be playing Elementum, a LARP (or in french, Grandeur Nature) on the south bank of Montreal. Their rulebooks account for Illithids (mind flayers), which seem to be really fun to ...
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Are there any generally accepted standards for larp weapons? [closed]

Many historical and fantasy larps use latex covered foam weapons for combat simulation and some of these larps (presumably) have minimum standards for these weapons. I know that many games have ...
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Prop Coins: what denominations should I buy to get started?

Since restarting my D&D passion this fall with a group of awesome friends learning 5e, I've been hankering to buy a set of Campaign Coins. My group is casual - twice a month for 3-5 hours. We've ...
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What props or other tools can I use to improve pacing?

For a game, gaslight fantasy meets weird west, I am looking for tangible props to establish the various pacing points (call them beats in Robin's newest fascination). I'm looking for a good idea that ...
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Creating a fantasy-style potion as a game prop [duplicate]

I am due to run a game at a convention in the new year and want to pull out all the stops to make it memorable. One idea I have is to actually produce a potion for the player to drink once the ...
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How can I get started on prop making? [closed]

I want to get into prop making, mainly due to my encounter with a fully dressed and armed space marine. I have searched the web on a tutorial for a bolter, for example, but only testimonials of a ...