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benhamtroll
Verrik
(7/1/03 1:10 pm)
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Photos from our recent session . . .
If anyone is interested, I have a few photo from our recent gaming session up on my site.

Click Here to visit my galleries. It's in the Gaming and Miniatures section. The went up against the Air Temple this week. Hopefully I'll be getting some logs soon.

Let me know what you think!


Ah, I remember those evenings, lingering over brandy at "Eat" . . .

ZansForCans 
Faen
(7/1/03 8:19 pm)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
Very, very, very cool. Thanks for posting those!

So how has using the layered maps in-game been going? I've always been hesitant about using a computer at the table, but with your work on these, I'm going to be very tempted (read: CRM impending...). Does it make the players too lazy? ;)


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benhamtroll
Verrik
(7/1/03 8:38 pm)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
Define lazy . . .

I find it makes things much easier. Trying to explain miles and miles of natural passages is far too time consuming. This allows them to look at the map, point the direction they wish to go and say "I go here." I still make them draw major battles on the battle mat, but it saves precious time, especially since we only meet every other week.

I'd be a little concerned without my iMac, though. The pivoting flat panel makes it MUCH easier to hide/show areas of the map and swing it around for everyone to see. It also keeps it there for everyon's quick reference. A CRT might be a bit trickier, but I imagine it could be done. I actually foresee doing this with every module I run from now on.

Another point to consider is form factor. The iMac is nice ans small, so I can have it right in front of me. A larger computer or monitor might be better used on it's own table or something. What I'd like to try next is laptops all around and AIM or something to transmit secret messages. Beautiful.


Ah, I remember those evenings, lingering over brandy at "Eat" . . .

Helderik
Faen
(7/2/03 1:45 am)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
I do have a question about showing those maps to the players... When you show them a map, how much of the map is already know to the players? I'm wondering if players use the info from the map while their characters don't know this (I think you guys call this meta-gaming??).

For instance... When the characters advance through a corridor and end up at a junction, they will have a look at the map and then they'll decide which corridor to follow... Depending on their situation, they can choose a safer route or they could choose to head directly for the bigger caves (usually the more important places in the CRM). Also, looking at a detailed map makes looking for secret doors etc. much easier.

I have been thinking about using my notebook during the sessions but it's because of these questions I'm not sure...

Could you (and others?) explain to me how this works during your sessions?

Killiak 
Faen
(7/2/03 5:01 am)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
well. the maps are layered and do not show critical areas untill the players get there.
Imagine it as a giant jigsaw puzzle and you as DM only give the players the pieces they "explored"

benhamtroll
Verrik
(7/2/03 6:25 am)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
Exactly. Whne you first open a map, it is the mottled brown stone look throughout. You click on a room number in the layers pallete and BAM, it shows up. They never see more than they need to. It took a bit of work to get them all done correctly, but they're handy.


Ah, I remember those evenings, lingering over brandy at "Eat" . . .

TheOutlands
Litorian
(7/2/03 10:16 am)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
What program are you using?

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benhamtroll
Verrik
(7/2/03 10:18 am)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
I'm using Photoshop, but there are other apps that will allow you to manipulate the layers (Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop Elements)


Ah, I remember those evenings, lingering over brandy at "Eat" . . .

ZansForCans 
Faen
(7/2/03 11:25 am)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
Cool. Thanks for the comments! The "lazy" was mostly tongue-in-cheek :)

I have a Ti PB that I do all my stuff on, so no worries about clumsy monitor foibles here. I think I'll try to give it a shot when they get to the CRM. I was definitely going to use your maps for on-line stuff as I did a very clumsy version for the moathouse earlier (1 layer that I painted and then gradually erased).


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Edited by: ZansForCans  at: 7/2/03 11:26 am
TheOutlands
Litorian
(7/2/03 11:26 am)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
...none of which I own. I don't think. Unless one of them came as a freebie w/ an HP scanner or printer. Hm. Time to scan the harddrives.

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homesteading, survival, self-reliance, and a whole lot more

benhamtroll
Verrik
(7/2/03 1:48 pm)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
I know that Adobe PhotoDeluxe came with my new Dell a while back. Looks like it's been discontinued now. Hmmm . . .

You do need to have something that supports layers to be able to use the maps. If you use Windows, try The GIMP. This does require a bit of bravery, though. It's Open Source . . .


Ah, I remember those evenings, lingering over brandy at "Eat" . . .

TheOutlands
Litorian
(7/2/03 2:48 pm)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
Sounds like an excellent candidate for my "Things that really need to be done when I can stop playing D&D or NationStates for a minute" list! The Gimp has been mentioned by several people to me now...

--Michael<br>
http://outlands.tripod.com<br>
homesteading, survival, self-reliance, and a whole lot more

benhamtroll
Verrik
(7/2/03 2:54 pm)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
I just downloaded it for the first time myself. It's powerful, but a bit obtuse. Since I have Photoshop I'll probably stick with that . . .


Ah, I remember those evenings, lingering over brandy at "Eat" . . .

Infiniti2000
Verrik
(7/3/03 5:45 am)
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Re: Photos from our recent session . . .
I recommend Paint Shop Pro. I have it both at home and for work. It is very cheap for the power it provides.

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