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Questions tagged [battle-map]

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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Where is a larger creature allowed to be placed on the grid when moving into the opponent's space to maintain a grapple?

During Step 4 of a grapple maneuver (To maintain a grapple, you move into opponent's space), how would that movement be managed if the creature moving into the opponent space is larger that the target ...
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Can characters stand in corner squares of a round room?

Can a character stand in any partial squares of a large round room, on the perimeter? And if so, do they have to squeeze for all of the squares that are not complete? Rules Compendium states that a ...
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How close is 5ft? [duplicate]

While this sounds kind of silly, I'm a DM and trying to settle on a question a player asked me. In the game I use a battlemat and place all creatures in melee adjacent to each other. However a player ...
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How to measure on a grid the area of a sphere area spell or effect centered on a creature?

Per the Wild Magic sorcerer's Wild Magic Surge table (PHB, p. 104) 07-08: You cast fireball as a 3rd-level spell centered on yourself. There's other questionable area spells in that list (grease ...
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Would changing world scale have unintended consequences?

Context I've started planning for my Christmas one shot, I had the idea of playing a toybox adventure (think toy-story or nutcracker) with custom races for each type of toy and using giant stats for ...
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Combat using a grid and touch spells

My understanding of combat on a grid is that (1) moving onto a new square needs 5 feet of movement and (2) the distance between two squares is 5 feet. A medium creature occupies 5 square feet of space....
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How is movement calculated when running up walls as a monk?

Picture this circumstance. I am a 5 foot tall level 9 Wood Elf Monk with Mobile. I have 60 feet of speed per turn, via: 35 feet from Wood Elf feature 10 feet from the Mobile feat 15 feet from being ...
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Is it impossible to flank a large creature on a hex grid?

DnD 5e has optional rules for flanking that includes guides for how it works when using a hex-grid tactical map: On hexes, count around the enemy from one creature to its ally. Against a Medium or ...
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What real-world size is a “square”?

Does 4E D&D specify what the real-world size of a battlemap "square" is? Reference/citation desired.
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How to represent multiple stories of a building on a battle mat?

How do you set up a two-story battle map when both stories can interact with the same areas or characters? For example: An outpost with a guard tower with archers on the top floor and melee fighters ...
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Are the maps in the The Slaying Stone created using an existing tileset?

In the published adventure HS1 - The Slaying Stone, there are a number of encounter maps containing corridors, furniture, rubble and the like. Were these maps constructed with the expectation that the ...
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How would adventures be run with traps on maps that show where they are?

I am currently prepping an adventure and have purchased some source material from an older D&D 2E one-shot (The Shattered Circle) which I have loaded onto Roll20 and am prepping for a 5E adventure....
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Is a 5 foot square on a battle map 5 sq. ft.?

I am making a map for a modern day game my DM is running, and I have an architectural image of a floor plan with listed square footage. For a D20 Modern's 5ft grid, how would I figure out how many ...
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Does using a tree trunk for Cover work no matter what direction of the attack on Battle Maps?

Combat is characterized in the game as a series of feints, parries, and footwork until finally a character gets an opportunity to attack. The Initiative systems are proposed as an abstraction of those ...
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When using a battlemap, can a lightning bolt be directed between squares to affect both?

Lightning bolt is listed as having a width of 5 feet. When using a battlemap, can the line of the spell be directed between squares to affect creatures on both sides with full damage? Does ...
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How can I get my long-distance friend to share a VTT with me when they have only an Android phone and I have only a laptop?

I have a friend I want to run a campaign for online. I'd like to use a virtual table-top (VTT) to facilitate play, but I can't get anything to run on my PC that runs on their Android phone and vice ...
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Setting up a Dungeon Map

So I don't know if anyone on here has used the 4E Keep on the Shadowfell but when you get to interlude 2 the PCs enter the dungeon, but the map is huge. When we play, I have the characters move over ...
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How does battle map combat work in darkness and heavily obscured areas?

The question “Since advantage and disadvantage caused in a heavy obscured area cancel out, what effect does it have in combat?” notes that attacks in darkness or magical fog cause attacks to be cancel ...
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How to use battle maps in combination with large, open spaces such as a town square

I recently came across this problem when I DM'd a ready-to-use oneshot - its main battle took place on the town square, and the map supplied with the rest of the campaign guide would have required me ...
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Is wanting the players to map dungeons incompatible with a battle mat?

I would like to run a campaign that involves the PCs exploring an unmapped wilderness, including various dungeons and the like. I have it all mapped out myself, but I want the act of them mapping the ...
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Is there a difference in movement increments between Grids and Theatre of the Mind?

Do you move in 5' increments on a battle map, or can you move less than that? If so, how do you track that on the map? If there is, does it create any cases that may be a concern?
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How to get dry erase out of wet erase mat

Help! I have a wet erase playing map, and someone accidentally wrote on it with dry erase markers! Don't worry, I transported the player to a realm filled with hungry Tarrasques, and people who talk ...
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Does GURPS tactical combat work well with miniatures but without a hex grid?

I am looking to start a GURPS game. I also have caught the DM crafting bug. I'd like to use my gridless material, so far used for minis and Savage Worlds, with GURPS. Has anyone used GURPS tactical ...
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How large is Castle Ravenloft's grid square size?

I'm going to be dming a Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition Ravenloft campaign here shortly. I was curious as to exactly how big the squares on the castle ravenloft map are supposed to be. I would ...
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How big should the squares be on a battle map?

I would really like to know how big the squares should be on my battle map. I haven't made one yet but I am hopefully going to, and I intend to use it with miniatures for combat.
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How do creatures fit on a grid?

I'm reading an AD&D 2ed. module to 5E (The Wererats Of Relfren, from Dungeons Magazine #14), and in one passage, it's stated that in a small room of 10 foot square, there are 8 were-rats (...
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What writing utensil should I use on gaming paper?

I have recently bought some gaming paper. This is a specific product that's supposed to be reusable, and might not be the same as other products with the "gaming paper name". What should I be using ...
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How to make a hyperbolic game board with octagonal tiles? [closed]

I'm currently thinking about making a campaign that will feature the far realms, and I've been reading a lot of Lovecraft. To get across the idea of alien geometries, I was considering using some sort ...
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What size is the standard grid used when playing D&D 5e?

What size are the standard grids in those roll-up mats people use for D&D 5e and thus what radius / diameter should the base of a miniature be for easy usage?
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What is the area affected by Gust of Wind on a grid?

How does the 10 feet wide line affect areas in terms of squares in front of me if I am shooting directly forwards? The square I am in is 5' wide, so the row of squares directly in front of me will be ...
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cone point of origin for large creatures (i.e. when a dragon breathes)

I use square grids in my campaign and during my last session I was trying to check how many PCs I could hit with a dragon's breath. Now since this dragon is a large creature I was thinking how many ...
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to share or not to share maps with players [closed]

Being a GM who loves cartography, architecture and drawing, I often have amazing (battle-)maps for my players whereabouts (cities, dungeons, rooms, a lighthouse, a long-forgotten overgrown jungle ...
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Representing vertical terrain on a battle map

I'm planning on running an encounter as part of my 5E Out of the Abyss campaign. It is essentially going to involve the party scaling down a sinkhole. There's a waterfall (with plunge pool), plus ...
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How do you represent sloping topography on a battle mat?

So, the vast majority of combat happens on flat environments, but most real-world environments are topographically variable. They have hills, and trenches, and slopes, and stuff. I have no trouble ...
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When should i reveal new sections of a dungeon? [duplicate]

Closed, since this answer answers pretty much everything I have a vinyl mat and a water-soluble pen, this allows me to have any dungeon imaginable to put my figurines into. My problem is: how and ...
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How big should my battle map be?

I am starting to run an Iron Kingdoms game, and I am simply wondering what is an appropriate size for the battle map so players can move around but not get too far away. I will be hand drawing them ...
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How can I manage maps for battles that happens in streets of a city?

I am preparing a D&D campaign for a group of 4 PCs and in one part of the campaign, there is a possibility that they may fight against the local guards in the streets of a city. I can draw a ...
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Is a map/grid required for all actions?

I'm playing 5th edition D&D as the Dungeon Master for my son and his friends, and I have never played the game before. Is a map/grid required for all actions? If, say, one of the players is ...
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Hoard of the Dragon Queen hatchery cave layout

I'm running Hoard of The Dragon Queen for some friends and have hit a bit of a roadblock in map building with the dragon hatchery. The map While I can take a guess as to how I'm supposed to lay out ...
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What is the space size of a Colossal Animated Ship?

In Pathfinder I am currently trying to design a few encounters with a supposed ghost ship (actually a Colossal Animated Object) complete with a crew of Haunted Objects (again, Animated Objects), but I ...
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Can you play D&D without a map and miniatures? [duplicate]

I'm just completely lost, how does movement and attacking work? And what about battles with people and monsters moving around?
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How to copy maps from adventure books [duplicate]

I recently bought a DnD 5e starter set and with it came the adventure book of the Lost Mine of Phandelver. It had a few maps with it. Now the problem is, I'm not sure how I should get those maps on a ...
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How to create reusable (or very cheap) 3D dungeons?

In our Sci-Fi session we had the recurring problem that characters were injured because of bad battle map display. We figured it would be great to have a set of reusable adjustable walls etc. with ...
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How do I balance detailed encounter maps with not wanting to give away my dungeon layout?

I'm in the process of designing a Megadungeon, and it seems like people run large dungeons like this using the theater of the mind to avoid giving the layout away and allow players to explore, get ...
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How can I prepare the map for a combat without alerting the players that combat is about to begin?

I am running an adventure in Pathfinder and I use a very large square board and some homemade model walls to define areas such as dungeons or houses and other stuff. However, building maps on the ...
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Where to find industrial/futuristic tilesets and graphics for maptool (for free) [closed]

I need maptool graphic/tileset packs to make my own maps. I've been looking on RPGtools forums and other sites, but most threads are long dead and the links don't work. Furthermore, most of the assets ...
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Play by post mapping system [closed]

I'm looking for a means of having a battle map and tokens for a play by post game. Something that doesn't require anyone, except maybe the DM, to download software, and functions perfectly well, even ...
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What's the shape of a burst if the burst extends beyond a confined area?

The description of the area of a burst says that A burst spell affects whatever it catches in its area, even including creatures that you can’t see. It can’t affect creatures with total cover from ...
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How can I secretly notate which squares on a combat map are traps?

The party has ventured underground. One of the civilizations where they are is kobolds. I (GM) went trigger-happy with pit traps, falling block traps, and a couple of others. The kobolds have one path ...
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Is there a Twiddla-like web based drawing service with selective viewing permissions?

I am running a forum-based RPG and we are using a jpg map, with the hurdle of having to draw on it using Paintbrush and then uploading it to the forum whenever the players want to move characters or ...