I love making maps and in my campaign, the party found a map that was supposed to help point the, in the right direction on the level they were exploring. I usually draw a stylized version of the dungeon and don't put everything in so the players have to figure out what the map represents. They were using it up to the point that the map was leading them and then they abandoned it and took a left turn at Albequerque, so to speak. Maps can only do so much...
Maybe the map with the red and blue lines are actually two different maps superimposed on top of each other to disguise their true locations. And perhaps a special ruby and sapphire found in the adventure will separate the two lines. Hmmm, going to have to mull that one over a bit.
Or maybe the red and blue lines are the arteries and veins of a giant organism, and to your horror, you are inside this thing and need to get out.
^^Albuquerque. And it isn't so bad since the "Big I" (interstate exchange overpass system) got remodeled years back. Before that, even 'querqueans had issues with it...easy to see how Bugs Bunny got lost.
I thought of the same thing with the blue lines/red lines leading to dofferent things. But the problem is, they could just assume that the lines drawn on a map lead somewhere and be rid of the sapphire/ruby/emerald lenses...
You would have to convey the secret aspects of the map by some other means
strategy is still strategy and the goal is to be efficient. while following a map is good and efficient. it is still just following a map and that is not fun. so i can understand the players ditching it after a while.
druid:"Do you need healing ?"
knight:"i still have half of my health, so im fine."
DM:"the boss, crits, max damage which does 20 damage !"
I've tried some experiments using a matrix of red, green, black, and blue dots to make letters. When you use the red lens, the red dots disappear revealing the letters. Using three other colors for the letters makes it almost impossible to read without the lens. I'll make a couple and try to post pictures.
I remember when I was a kid, there was a game at McDonald's with something similar. You had to put a paper game piece behind this little red window display to see if you won.
If you draw the map in red, green, black and blue Sharpies, you can give them an item with a red lens. Use a piece of some old 3D glasses. The Captain's Monocle? "They say only Captain McClaren could read this map..." Through the lens, they won't see the red parts, which would all be lies. Islands that don't exist, false warnings, paths leading to monsters... Maybe a two X's: one red, one blue.
I happen to have a 'borrowed' UV light somewhere, along with a secure tagging pen that only shows up under UV lighting....So, I could probably do that with a scroll or a map.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT