Questions tagged [battle-map]

For questions about maps used 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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Is weapon reach measured from the edge of the mount's space or the rider's?

So, if a medium or small creature, like a PC, controls 25 square feet, (a 5×5' area) and a large creature, like a horse controls 100 square feet, (a 10×10' area) and tactical combat takes place on a 5'...
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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 best to progressively reveal the layout of a location to players?

I have been gamemastering tabletop RPGs for years now, but I'm still wondering what is the best way to deal with this. Specifically: how to graphically describe to your players their surroundings ...
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How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?

I've been playing 5e for a while now, and mercifully this hasn't come up yet, but it's definitely on it's way. When a caster casts burning hands, how is that properly mapped onto a standard 1" battle ...
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What is a radius on a square grid?

So last night, my D&D group ran into an interesting question. The spell Entangle says: Area: plants in a 40-ft radius spread. We (like a lot of people, I think) play D&D on a square grid, ...
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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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What space does the spell Cloud of Daggers fill?

I am trying to workout what template cloud of daggers (PHB, p. 222) would be on a grid. The spell states: You fill the air with spinning daggers in a cube 5 feet on each side, centered on a point ...
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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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How many squares on a 5-foot grid does a 5-foot radius spell affect?

We had a situation come up regarding this term and how it affected spells. In the spell Moonbeam, for example, it says a 5-foot radius cylinder appears. Does this mean that from the center of square ...
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I dislike how players accurately place fireballs. Is there an alternative?

I'm running 5e on a grid with minis. The one thing that I hate is when sorcerers or wizards cast a fireball that perfectly hits enemies in the AOE. The player counts the squares on the grid to ...
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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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When playing on a grid, how many Medium creatures fit inside the area of a Scroll of Protection's barrier during combat?

The description of the scroll of protection (DMG, p. 199) reads: Using an action to read the scroll encloses you in a invisible barrier that extends from you to form a 5-foot-radius, 10-foot-high ...
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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 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 do I target the Moonbeam spell, using a grid?

So, as my title implies; If you shoot a Moonbeam at an enemy standing in a square, would the area covered by the Moonbeam be just that single square, from one of the corners 2x2 or mid-square 3x3 ...
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When a druid reverts to their normal form having wild shaped into a Large beast, can they choose which square they occupy?

When a druid reverts to their normal form they appear where their beast shape was. But if their beast shape was Large and their normal form is Medium, can they choose which of the four squares they ...
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Is this the correct way to resolve a missed Ice Knife?

Ice Knife: Make a ranged spell attack against the target. On a hit, the target takes 1d10 piercing damage. Hit or miss, the shard then explodes. The target and each creature within 5 feet of the ...
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When using the Wall of Fire spell, what shape is a ringed wall on a grid?

I was looking at wall of fire and realized I wasn't sure how to represent the ringed version when on a grid. The spell states (emphasis mine): You create a wall of fire on a solid surface within ...
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How to resolve multiple sources of cover when using a grid?

The cover rules in the PHB say: There are three degrees of cover. If a target is behind multiple sources of cover, only the most protective degree of cover applies; the degrees aren't added together. ...
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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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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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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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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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How can we allow remote players to effectively interact with a physical tabletop battle-map?

Part of our in-person tabletop group moved six hours away mid-campaign. We've been dealing with the distance by having multiple laptops set up, one with the players on the screen and the camera ...
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Playing on a grid, is this situation 1/2 or 3/4 cover?

We have four medium creatures, blue (1), green (2), yellow (3), and red (4), positioned like so: We want to asses the relative cover between blue and red. The rules for determining cover on a grid ...
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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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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 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 PC'...
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How to get dry-erase marker out of a 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 ...
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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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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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Is it mathematically possible to only have 3/4th cover?

In Is the DMG 3/4 cover diagram incorrect? the question asker points out the diagram shown in the DMG implies 3/4th cover, but it's possible to get a better angle on the defender meaning they only ...
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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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Squares vs. hexes on battle mats [closed]

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 ...
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What is the point of origin for cone when originating in a large creature (eg. 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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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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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 and ...
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When did 5 foot squares become standard in D&D?

Perhaps showing my age here, but in "The Good Old Days", 10-foot squares were a standard map size. Each square on the map was 10 feet, and a 10-foot wide corridor was normal. Now, having started ...
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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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The Gust of Wind spell creates a 10-foot-wide line of wind originating from the caster; how do I center it on a 5-foot grid?

Characters are on a grid where every square is 5 feet on each side. The description of the gust of wind spell says: A line of strong wind 60 feet long and 10 feet wide blasts from you in a direction ...
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When did the 5-foot square/hex become the standard unit of measurement in Dungeons & Dragons? [duplicate]

I was playing with AutoREALM the other day and noticed a lack of a five-foot-unit of measurement. There are inches, feet, yards, meters and then fathoms (apparently, six feet). This tool seems fairly ...
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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 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 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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Is the DMG 3/4 cover diagram incorrect?

From page 250 and 251 of the DMG: To determine whether a target has cover against an attack or other effect on a grid, choose a corner of the attacker's space... trace imaginary lines from that ...
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On a grid, what is the area of effect of the Spirit Guardians spell?

I'm unclear on what the area of effect of Spirit Guardians is on a grid. The spell has a range of "Self (15-foot radius)". Additionally, the description of the Spirit Guardians spell says: ...
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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 ...