He covers a gamut of gaming issues, which may/may not be of interest, but these particular videos, are relevant to members here. The first, is how he makes Dungeon Doors (superb method, I must say):
His video on making cheap (cheap!!!) floor tiles (which are double-sided!), is also quite excellent. He demonstrates a couple of new techniques, such as using a soldering iron to texture foam with. Color me impressed! Here is his tile video, which utilizes inexpensive, vinyl, peel-n-stick floor tiles (I've gotten them for $0.39/square foot tile, in the past; one of my personal favorite crafting materials...), making his tiles double-sided, performing double-duty:
And his techniques for making hallways, similar to his room techniques, but slightly different for painting techniques (he uses natural sponges):
He has a lot of interesting crafting videos, but he also has some interesting videos on gaming topics, particularly on how to speed up combat. I don't care to use all of his approaches, but they gave me food for thought. He uses simplified PC Record Sheets, which I immediately wondered if he had gotten some of his ideas from Tracy Hickmann's book, XDM: X-treme Dungeon Mastering (in a later video, he mentions this book, as well has having it in plain sight behind him). By the by, I highly recommend Mr. Hickmann's book. I learned much of what it espouses the hard way, over a period of three decades... Save yourself a lot of trouble, and buy this book: you don't have to adopt it wholesale, but it is worth the read. It makes me laugh out loud, every time I page through it. The humor is fantastic, and almost worth the cost of the book by itself!
I play in a campaign run by one of my players. Combat IS boring (it's boring in my games, too...), in an Initiative-based system. I started, a few months ago, rolling my To Hit, and Damage rolls, long before the DM called on me. When he does, I state what I hit, how much damage, and he is done with me in less than 20 seconds... I wish everyone would pre-roll their attacks and damage, and be ready to rattle it off, but instead, they roll when it is their turn with the DM, and combat drags... We play 2e rules. I understand the Initiative system, and I actually like and enjoy it, but there are techniques to speed things up.
One issue I see, however, is some players will re-roll bad die rolls, ignoring their misses, and poor damage rolls. It is one of the things that grates on my nerves with some of them. I see all arguments, for, and against, Initiative systems. I won't get rid of Initiative, nor will I simplify it, as the Dungeon Professor advises, but I will attempt to get my players to pre-roll each round, so we can streamline combat, somewhat. Cheers!
I try and plan what I am going to do for my turn while playing, but our GMs rather we wait to make our rolls when they call for us, but what I do for my dice rolling is roll both the to hit and damage dice. I have enough different colors of dice that I can make two attack rolls at the same time. Since my current characters are not high enough level to make more than two attacks, I don't need more dice. Plus, I use a home made dice tower to make my rolls, so roll them all at once and then separate out the different dice to let the GM know what my results are. They also know ahead of time which dice are for my primary attack and which go with the secondary.
I discovered the guy a few months ago, and while I'm intrigued by his crafting techniques, I didn't see anything extraordinary. Just my humble thoughts. Don't get me wrong, he has excellent crafting skills, much better than mine... Certain specifics like using various trinkets or doodads for object details (like the clock hands for door hinges, as erho points out) are interesting, but nothing overly stupendous.
I also don't care for his alternate DM style. That's fine if he wants to do it that way and his players enjoy it, but I've been a part of sessions run by a DM or two with similar style as him. They were all very loosey-goosey, not much plot, purpose, or substance, and didn't really feel like playing a game at all, much less D&D. We might as well just been playing charades or practicing improv-acting that included some dice rolls here and there. The best experience I can relate from these sessions is that there was one time where the session kind of, sort of, almost reached the edges of being like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book. But, that isn't saying much...
Also, I get that this guy's look-down-at-you-with-his-nose, condescending persona is a shtick (brands himself as a "professor"), much like DMG's embedded & nuanced humor. However, where DMG pulls off his own shtick very well (professional quality, even), this other guy's shtick just doesn't come across very well to me.
Now, the actual quality of his videos are well done. He's definitely got skills at being a Youtuber. His intros, flow of video content, etc are done pretty well. It's just the content itself is not my cup of tea - or, at least, most of it.
I will say that he has a series of horror story episodes that he put out last October (2018), Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. He used fully 3D miniature dioramas to tell the story. It was well done - great narrating, great voice-over work, great dramatic shots of the dioramas. I also check his channel from time to time for his take on how to run whodunit or horror type of adventures, but that's it.
Post by factoriatabletop on Apr 12, 2019 11:09:12 GMT
credo dm, i think you have express your opinion in a very good way, even i am not agree 100 %. i never thought this kinds of things you said until i read your post...makes me think a lot! very interesting point of view!
erho: I'm hoping to make this saturday chat, our group's game was postponed until next week!
Jan 26, 2018 16:24:52 GMT
erho: Just had real life hit the group again! Last time we played was Jan 5th, next game in in 2 weeks!
Feb 1, 2018 20:39:58 GMT
erho: Hopefully this Friday we game! I need those harpies, but I'm out of time!
Feb 12, 2018 15:16:37 GMT
erho: Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Feb 14, 2018 14:52:51 GMT
erho: Weekend is here...I have no projects due. I'm lost!
Mar 2, 2018 22:48:34 GMT
erho: Game tonight... Party finds polluted stretch of coast pumping out from far inland, ejecting flotsam and jetsam into the sea. a battered and dying green dragon is among the debris who tells of forced births and corruption of eggs by the Metallic dragons
Mar 9, 2018 21:36:07 GMT
erho: I missed it! I got called into work at the hospital Saturday and Sunday.
Mar 26, 2018 15:04:07 GMT
erho: Have a great weekend!
May 25, 2018 21:56:03 GMT
erho: We have a new payer at the table tonight... Pray to St. Gygax for us so that he will fit in!
Jun 15, 2018 20:45:43 GMT
margaret: Putting this here because I don't know where else to post it - the site is not letting me post responses today. And it wouldn't let me log out and relog either. Not sure what is going on
Aug 13, 2018 19:12:43 GMT
Draklith: have your internet settings changed? first thing i"d check, sometimes when you install a new program or something, it will change your settings
Aug 17, 2018 10:39:50 GMT
margaret: It eventually resolved itself. The computer did update at some point this past week, but I never changed anything in the browser settings to resolve the issue. This site just seems to get cranky with my computer sometimes
Aug 18, 2018 17:57:37 GMT
erho: You need to dump more points into Tech Skills! just kidding!
Aug 21, 2018 20:41:09 GMT
thedungeonmattster: Thanks folks. I've got a few irons in the fire right now so to speak, finishing up a few things. I'll be sure to post some stuff real soon!
And thanks so much for the warm welcome!
Nov 19, 2018 17:35:56 GMT
factoriatabletop: Erho and Ofcorse have started an online adventure ... do not miss the events and do not hesitate to comment on what you want!
Feb 21, 2019 14:58:52 GMT
SpielMeisterKev!: Moving over to Discord... No Camera, Audio Only Every Saturday 7pm Central! Paint Minis, Craft Terrain, or just chat...ONLINE! Oh, yeah!Discord Invite
Mar 3, 2019 15:01:18 GMT