Questions tagged [theatre-of-the-mind]

For questions about "theater of the mind" (TOTM) gameplay. In TOTM play, the DM uses verbal descriptions to define spatial relationships between characters and the game environment, especially to describe combat in this fashion rather than using drawings, miniatures, or other visual means.

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Does D&D have any official text on theatre of the mind?

I am new to DnD and I am intrigued by this concept. Someone mentioned it in another post and I was curious if Wizards of the Coast has any official literature describing it?
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Do you have to have figures when playing D&D?

I am pretty new to playing D&D and our DM does not use figures with a grid, so we kind of use our imagination. According to the official D&D rules, are we doing it wrong?
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Rolling for Movement in Theatre of the Mind

From D&D 5e and "Theatre of the Mind" in combat, mxyzplk had the second highest answer about running combat in theatre of the mind. He mentioned: Same thing with movement. I have all ...
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Movement optimised PCs in theatre of the mind

Our group has recently started a campaign and we’ve decided to go gridless for the first time. It has been going really well but one issue that has popped up has been how we handle characters that are ...
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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 track persistent area effects with TotM?

My group is trying theater of the mind (TotM) battles instead of using a mat with miniatures. A challenge we're having is when someone casts a spell like entangle, which affects a location. On a map, ...
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Origin of term 'Theater of the Mind'

What is the history and origin of the term 'Theater of the Mind', as used in 5e?
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D&D 5e and “Theatre of the Mind” in combat

Our target play style for combat encounters would be to use battle boards roughly half the time (when there is enough of interest in play that the tactics are fun to play out), and to skip that with ...
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How can a DM run D&D 4e combat as theater of the mind rather than a grid?

I am DMing a new 4e group, and I am interested in approaching the game as a "theater of the mind" style combat rather than the traditional grid format. We are locked into doing D&D 4e because of ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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Narrative Combat versus Use of Miniatures

When I first started playing D&D, my DM did not use battlemaps or miniatures to describe combat. Everything was described to us, and questions to the DM were part and parcel of the experience, ...