"A picture is worth a thousand words", or so the adage goes. I've been entertaining the idea of using a tablet to store images on of various monsters and environments to set the mood, show the players the creatures and people they meet and other such things. Tablets are smaller than laptops, making them more wieldable at the table. But what issues should I be wary of when doing this? I can predict a possible few:
- Technology failure: The tablet crashes, is slow with loading, runs out of battery charge and other hardware problems.
- Wetware failure (PEBCAK): I am not fast enough when looking up the images, bringing the flow of the game to a halt. Or the ordering is a mess and I cannot find anything.
- Distracted by the shiny: Players are too enamoured with the idea to quickly go back to the game or keep talking about the picture.
- Picture's too small (Clint Eastwood Party): I sit too far away from the players, so I have to pass around the tablet so that everyone can see with without the party having to squint in order to see it.
- "I know that monster!": If you show an image of a monster the players might immediately recognise it and know how to deal with it. If you describe one the players might not immediately recognise it and will have to work out a strategy in order to deal with it.
Note that I am not looking for solutions to these problems, rather I am looking for others that I might be overlooking. Are there any other problems I should be aware of when using a tablet to show pictures?