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I spent several years making document props for my D&D group on the cheap, and here's my learning: Browning paper gives the least effect for the most effort when ageing a document. Don’t think “age,” think “history of abuse.” Ageing a document is about mimicking the history of that piece of paper. Before you start ageing it, you need to have at least a ...

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Fantasy Coins You've probably already seen the various fantasy coin vendors around the internet. They sell interesting fantasy coins, some do custom jobs. The problem is that these are far beyond the price you specified - if you want. Some people produce plastic coins, these could be an alternative. Oriental Trading sells inexpensive, mass produced ...

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In my mind, a good LARP coin should have the following characteristics : Heavy : it should at least feel like metal coins in your pouch Metal : it should sound like coins Cheap : LARPs are costly enough to run as it is... Easily replaceable : you'll lose some eventually, and if they are custom order and take 6-8 weeks to arrive, you might not be able to ...

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It's extremely rare, but some players, GMs, or entire groups enjoy it. I've played D&D for almost fifteen years, and until my current group, we never used props or costumes. This is despite the fact that my groups over the years have been made up largely of theater students, Renaissance Festival participants, cosplayers, and other types who enjoy ...

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Just Age A paper document, as it ages, has 4 effects of note that are standard: it has acid degradation it has in ink migration or ink/toner de-fixation it suffers in oxidation of ink it becomes brittle Parchment, being a subset of leather, has similar issues, but in different order: Ink migration Ink oxidation brittleness browning Vellum can be ...

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No. It's not very common at all. The reason you see it on television and in videos is because it's a distinctive way of showing an interest in "fantasy" and in depicting characters who are extreme in their love of games. Sometimes, you'll see a GM or other moderator wear a funny hat to indicate their position and to mock the serious tone of some fantasy ...

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Think about what the purpose of such a map is. Medieval maps tend to fall into three categories: road maps (for travelers by road) coastal maps for (travelers by sea) maps of the world (for general information) Road Maps If it's for pilgrims and merchants traveling by road, it'll have all the major roads marked, along with inns and convenient places ...

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Can you imagine watching your favorite movies without a soundtrack? Film directors use music to control audience expectation and trigger emotional responses. As a GM, you too can make use of these techniques at your gaming table. The simplest plan is to put an album on to play. Slip in a CD, get your iPod out, and press play. I once ran a Sci-Fi campaign ...

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If you have traditional writing utensils, you can use milk or lemon juice as ink. Both work pretty well with simple nib. I prefer lemon juice, because there is less chance for it to rot. Get some juice Filter it to obtain clear liquid Use nib pen to write what you want When the time comes, tell your player to heat his character sheet over a candle. Gently! ...

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The Bottle The hardest part about this is finding a good bottle. Bottles that look like "potion bottles" aren't that easy to find most of the year. A good prop shop might have them, but often times they're found in antique stores. Another option is LARP (Live Action Roleplaying) stores. They're all about equipment and props, and some will carry potion ...

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I've used these prop coins in my tabletop role-playing games. They're lightweight and disposable but nonetheless durable and have held up for years albeit with some wear (the paint tends to flake a little when abused). They're even about the correct size (a little larger than a quarter but smaller than a half-dollar). 144 cost $5.95 from this supplier. 17 As a GM, I love handing out props but I don't have a lot of time to build them. And as Melon points out (I've run some of his campaigns) portability and storage can be an issue. I've organically developed some question over the years, to help me analyse my props and make the most of the few times I use them. Why am I adding this prop? This is the big one. ... 16 Real-world medieval maps tended to be a mix of indicative and artistic and in many cases draw by people that had never been to and barely heard of a place. They would have used in many cases information that was word of mouth from many people and could be contradictory. Hence the map you bought could be anything from a nice picture for the wall and useless ... 15 I've seen large creatures represented using lengths of cloth, held on poles, by two or more people. Think of the way dragons are represented on parades. This works really well. It's been used by theatre companies for all sorts of mythical or dreamlike creatures. It's a good combination between physical representation and players' imagination. 15 Take a page from The Lion King and Avenue Q For the lion King: They have puppets controlled by actors dressed to match he pattern on the coats. Instead of going for a Beauty and the Beast level of theatrical similarity, the showing of puppets-as-puppets allows audience members to choose to suspend their disbelief without needing to convince them that ... 14 here's a brief list of some of the most well known art sites. guess browsing these should keep you engaged for a few years (;D) if you haven't seen'em yet. have fun! :) [cghub] (update) cghub is no more, sadly conceptart.org (various, hundreds at least) cgsociety, 3d (various, hundreds at least) cgsociety, 2d (various, hundreds at least) cgsociety, 3d ... 14 Okay, some friends make this guy a long time ago. But I've never seen a better large monster, ever. He's a stone golem, constructed from 4" thick foam mattresses, hot glue, and paint. The best thing is he completely covers a large man in 3" foam, so he's all soft and safe :) Video here: Stone Golem Rocks YouTube This monster was built with 5 foam ... 14 Any sort of fire is very dangerous and should not be used. Read up on fire twirling for using fire if absolutely necessary. You could use LED lightning to represent fire; LED lights are cheap and come in many colours. If you stick to reds, yellows, and orange, you could get good fire effects. You could also use electroluminescent sheets (known as EL sheets)... 13 While writing my previous answer, I realized there's another way... Regular balloons. Attached to the end of a stick (a telescoping stick, possibly - repurpose a selfie stick?) a significant number of normal balloons could be held above the participant such that they're engulfed. Indoors, a small fan could lend them some additional direction, maybe one ... 12 Crumple it, cover it with tea and then put it in the oven http://www.wikihow.com/Age-Paper-Using-Tea Aged paper has 3 main characteristics, depending on how long it has been aged. 1) Creased/crumpled/torn. 2) Yellowed. 3) Old style writing. The first can most quickly be met by scrunching it up, or more realistically by carrying it around for a while in ... 12 These are called "tokens" (sometimes "creature tokens" or "monster tokens") and are widely available in PDF at all fine purveyors of roleplaying games PDFs, such as RPGNow. Normally these are used with virtual tabletop software or printed onto card stock and cut out for use on a real tabletop, but if you have access to an appropriate printer and transparent ... 11 Quick and easy? Modify this print-and-cut octopus mask. It's fast, it's cheap, and it's effective. Just glue the tentacles on in a different pattern and color it mind-flayer-y. If you want a more 3-D effect you can add papier mâché to the mask, but you probably don't have time to let it dry properly. If that doesn't work for you, I don't have any other ... 11 Chemistry supply shops or restaurant/bar supply stores may carry test-tube like vials, and maybe even some corks that will fit. If you don't actually want the players to drink somethink out of them, you can fill them with epoxy resin from a hobby store, and color it with any kind of pigments you like. You could mix glitter, into the expoxy, or even small ... 11 I don't off hand know a place to find them but I have a UV pen. The ink lasts for a long time on paper and you can't see it until you use a UV light of some kind. I think you can try making your own but it shouldn't be too hard to find. The one I have came with a UV light attached just write on the paper and when it's time use the UV light to show the ... 11 You're probably looking for "Mardi Gras coins". They cost less than$5/gross. Here's one of the first Google results I got, though you may want to look around for different æsthetic options.

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When I've seen things like this done it's generally done in a contained area such as a marquee/gazebo/etc. Attach most of the things on static strings hanging from the ceiling. Have a bunch more attached to strings that can run up and down, have a monster with a handful of strings they can pull on to move them like a puppet master. (Attach a fixed string ...

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Take a syringe of liquid rubber (latexmilk) inject that straight into the puncture hole, don't screw around with tape, it's crappy looking and unsafe. Glue and the like will harden and make sharp edges, so not the best idea. Latex milk will dry with a slight yellow hue, so add a drop of paint; the paint used on Warhammer figurines gives a very nice colour ...

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I've played through my fair share of D&D campaigns, some with pretty heavy prop usage, some with slim to no prop usage (in some cases, we didn't even have room for a battle mat!) Generally in my experience, props that will actively help the PC's keep track of things (maps, notes/letters discovered, riddles and the like) are extremely useful. They give us ...

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It does happen at conventions, but that's largely because the attendees are already in-costume, and you are just as likely to encounter someone wearing a 'Solid Snake' outfit at a D&D table as you are someone wearing a Bard costume.

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I can't hope to match BESW's amazing answer, but I have tested these methods over the years, and they work pretty well. The most important part is to determine how you want to age the paper. What was its history? Was it sheltered, or weathered? Is it ancient, or just beat-up? Is it on expensive paper, or a scrap of who-knows-what? If the paper is a page ...

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