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: Too many minis, not enough time... Am I right?
Oct 29, 2019 21:28:01 GMT
sgtslag: If we could just do away with this whole "work" thing, and supporting ourselves, financially, and otherwise... Life always seems to get in the way of gaming. AHHH!!!...
Nov 6, 2019 18:32:16 GMT
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