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You do not need to use miniatures and a battle grid. In fact, playing on a grid at all is listed as a variant game option - it is not the default rules assumption.


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No, you do not need to use miniatures Miniatures and grids are not necessary for playing D&D 5e, they can be useful visual aids for combat as you can see exactly where you are relative to other characters but, outside of combat, there is little need to use them. Here is what the Dungeon Master’s Guide page 250 says: In combat, players can often rely on ...


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According to a letter from Jack Hesselbrock, a former president of the company, "Ral-Partha" was the name of a wizard character played by John Winkler, a friend of one of the company's founders: Ral Partha was a name made up by John Winkler. John is a friend of Tom Meier. John was playing the original D & D in high school. He had a wizard ...


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Miniatures come in varying sizes and they are all described in metric units. For D&D and most other RPGs the most commonly used scale is 25/28mm - this is a scale of 1:64/1:56-58. Mats are usually drawn with 1" or 25mm grids which are almost the same (1"=25.4mm). For D&D a square represents 5 feet, a scale of 1:60. These scales are clearly not the ...


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(The bulk of this answer concerns paper miniatures that stand up on the battlemap. For information regarding tokens that lie flat on the battlemap, see Addendum 2 below.) It's difficult (and not really necessary) for paper miniatures to be the same scale as the map. You can approach this in many different ways, but the solution you choose has to be based on ...


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Role playing came out of wargaming, virtually all of which used miniatures. Chainmail was just one of hundreds of miniature-driven wargames, mostly historical military in nature. Sci-fi and fantasy wargames became popular in the 1960s and 1970s, especially in the wake of the popularity of The Lord of the Rings, so there were many products to choose from. ...


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1 inch squares, corresponding to 5 feet. The DMG suggests that you make the squares on your battle map 1 inch on each side. These squares then correspond to 5 feet for game purposes. DMG 250: You can draw tactical maps with colored markers on a wet-erase vinyl mat with l-inch squares... The most common unit for tactical maps is the 5-foot square, and ...


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This dicebreaker article (unaffiliated with me) helped me find where the options are located. Now your heroes can now choose from three Wheelchair styles in the Mount menu: The Modern Wheelchair, Fantasy Town Wheelchair, and Fantasy Battle Wheelchair. They're currently under 'Stage > Ride': And here is how the character looks afterwards: This 'ride' ...


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In the very near future, probably this year, expect Hero Forge's customizable 3d printed tabletop miniatures to be funded and providing truly customizable features to the market. For now, you can probably find the coarser attributes as described in the many answers here. However, beyond gender, race ("specie"), and class you'll probably have to "settle" if ...


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Whole list of maximum of creatures in single encounter 1 acolyte (pg. 46) 1 animated armor (pg. 171) 1 arcanaloth (pg. 184) 1 archmage (pg. 39) 1 assasin (pg. 108) 1 baboon (pg. 118) Up to 4 bandit captains[1], minimum of 3 (pg. 36) Up to 44 bandits[2] (pg. 121-122), minimum of 12 (pg. 36) 1 banshee (pg. 89) Up to 7 Barovian witches (pg. 72), minimum of 3 (...


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I don't see it working. A 2d map is still only going to ever give you the upper most surface. Consider a troll under a bridge. How do you know what's on top of the bridge vs what's below it? IMO this is no better than a flat map. What has worked for me for minimal effort is Construx. They were a competitor to Lego during my childhood and can be ...


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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 ...


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Miniature-scale "flame" lights do exist, but the limitation is not the size or power of the bulb; it's the power source and wiring that's the problem. Here's a visual that demonstrates the real hurdle to using these with movable 25mm scale miniatures: Granted that's a full-featured campfire flame simulation kit with features you may be willing to do without....


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Which of these interpretations of the definition of a cone's area of effect is the correct one to base my template design and construction on? Answer: Option 1 You say: The problem is that the rules for the shape of a cone AoE aren't very precise, and when you start looking at them closely, there are a bunch of inconsistencies. and There are three ...


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They're functionally different. The slots and dimples match the shape of the miniature's attachment point—a wide tab for slots and pins for dimples. Plain bases are intended for flat-based miniatures. Bases can sometimes be used with the "wrong" miniature, though it's usually not worth the effort, and not all miniatures are good candidates for the ...


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It sounds like the thing you don't like about miniatures is the mental perspective change caused by seeing (a figurine representing) your character "from the outside". If so, my suggestion would be to replace the miniatures with something more abstract that serves the same practical function — providing a shared tactical view — while being ...


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They should be big enough to comfortably hold the base of your largest single tile minatures. For the most common miniature lines this is about an inch (roughly 2.5cm) on each side, but you should fit it to the scale of your miniatures.


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If you are ordering online, several of the miniature houses have mini finders. For instance, Reaper Miniature's Figure Finder. These will let you find the mini you want based on race, sex, weapons, class etc.


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Yes, for some of the primarchs. Forgeworld sells them as part of their Horus Heresy series. http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/The_Horus_Heresy/HORUS_HERESY_CHARACTER_SERIES They have eight of the primarchs represented there (as of the time I'm posting this answer). The minis are designed more for display than play (they're expensive too), but they do exist.


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The best solution is probably to make your own. You'll need three things The weapon. This can be accomplished one of two ways, steal it from an existing mini, or pick up a weapon sprue from your favorite mini house, look in their conversions section. Don't worry if it has a hand attached to it, you can bury the hand in green stuff. Greenstuff. This is a two ...


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Yes. They do exist, and can easily be found online with a bit of searching: https://www.trollandtoad.com/ https://www.miniaturemarket.com/ http://beholderthebargains.com/ http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/miniatures https://www.coolstuffinc.com/page/1315


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A blue dragon's wingpsan will be, on average, larger than brass and white, similar to black, bronze, copper, and green, and smaller than gold, red and silver. The 3e Dragonomicon gives maximum wingspans for each dragon (see tables on pages 39-56): Color Wingspan: Gargantuan (Colossal) Brass 60 ft White 72 ft Black 80 ft Blue 80 ft Bronze 80 ft Copper ...


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For Necromunda games we used corrugated cardboard spraypainted grey then written on with thick black marker pen. We cut slots to attach pieces to other pieces (with liberal use of bluetack and sellotape) to build towers and walkways and ramps and walls and all sorts. Part of the setup of every game was taking it in turns to grab a bit of terrain and stick it ...


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Lego (other plastic building blocks are available). I used them when playing D&D with my brothers many years ago. We had a medieval set, which was just perfect for battles with men in armour. However, you can get the building blocks in a variety of colours, and there are plenty of modern sets. If purchasing new blocks, they can be bought by weight like ...


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Option 1 is correct. Let me quote the first sentence of the Cone description: A cone extends in a direction you choose from its point of origin. That is, the cone is defined by the direction you shot it in, which is the axis of the cone. As such, it makes the most sense to refer to the other properties of the cone in terms of the axis. And indeed, the ...


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It's true that D&D play evolved out of the century-long tradition of miniature wargames, and was sold to that market of players; and also used terminology like "miniature wargame" prior to newer terms such as "role-playing game" being commonly accepted. However, Gygax asserted that the transition from Chainmail to D&D was actually the occasion for ...


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There are several websites and stores that sell single miniatures and most of them also have a handy race, class, type search bar. I personally ordered an extra set of miniatures and the two stores that I used are: Troll & Toad Miniature Market That said, ordering single miniatures is quite costly and you might be better off going to local gaming ...


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The usual way of addressing this is to use 3D terrain. There are innumerable cardstock and papercraft products available for creating your own 3D terrain that works great for this, cheaply. This stuff is more commonly used by tabletop wargamers who want something cheaper (and easier to replace) than resin or plastic building and terrain pieces, but skirmish ...


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There are indeed products that exist to do what your wanting, however they are not only hard to find, but also expensive. I am a Model Railroader and have built my own model campfires and torches quite a few times. If your good with soldering and have a basic understanding of micro-controllers ie. ARM or ATMEL (ATTINY, ATMEGA) you could make your own ...


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While playing on a grid is very common, it is not necessary in any way; the 5e rules (Player's Handbook p192) make this clear - in fact playing with a grid is listed as a Variant rule (i.e. optional, at the DM's discretion). There are other variant rules that are very commonly used (multiclassing and feats are both optional rules for example, even though it ...


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