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Badger Fear ... PLUS: Contest!
"Aaaah! Badger! BADGER!!"
"Vut vut!"

Yes, it's the return of the badger!

I've been a little surprised by how many fans this little guy has been getting thanks to these doodles and the posts I make on Facebook every Game Night. It seems like a lot of people are actually rooting more for the badger than for any of the PCs.

Admittedly, he IS cuter than any 3 of us combined.

This doodle comes from our big, climactic battle with a huge fire elemental ... where the creature actually spent a good deal of time focusing on the badger rather than the PCs. (He was giving us flanking bonuses ... and I guess the most expedient thing SEEMED to be to take out the badger. But that little guy is TOUGH!)

While at GTS, I spent some time hanging around the Gaming Paper booth chatting with the fine folks who make that really awesome product. They had an open role on the table and were encouraging people to draw an ad-hoc dungeon on it. I, of course, felt the need to add doodles ... just to spruce the whole thing up a bit.

You can see it here.

Now those whacky Gaming Paper guys are actually giving away the whole 25"x46" sheet ... original art and all!

All you have to do is be a Facebook user and become a fan of both the Gaming Paper and 10'x10' Toon fan pages, then make a post that tags both those pages. (Really, it's pretty easy ... it just SOUNDS complicated if you're not a Facebooker.)

So if you want to own your own original doodle art by yours truly ... well ... now you've got a shot at it!
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talinthas From: talinthas Date: March 31st, 2010 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
so how useful is gaming paper, honestly? i've been on the fence about it, since i'm still not really sure how best to use it. what's your thought on the product?
doodlestan From: doodlestan Date: March 31st, 2010 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I think that Gaming Paper is GREAT. Really! But you're correct in that you have to find the right uses for it. It doesn't REPLACE pre-printed maps or battlemats ... it's ANOTHER weapon in the GM's arsenal. We've been using it in our weekly games for things like:

* Large dungeons that will take us 3 or more weeks to delve through. (It stores better than a battlemat.)

* Important sites that the PCs will return to again and again. (The GM doesn't have to re-draw the map each visit.)

* Complicated sites where the exact layout and notations on the map are important. (The GM can draw it ahead of time at full scale AND the paper travels better than a battlemat would.)

We still use battlemat's for random encounters, minor locations that are one-shot visits, and uncomplicated locations that can be drawn quickly. Indeed, sometimes we'll ENTER the dungeon using the battlemat and then switch over to the Gaming Paper version after we've gotten a way into the place.

Also, sometimes we can make notes about rooms right on the paper, so that we remember what we learned about the room the next time we visit it. (Though sometimes the GM does not let us do that.)

So, yeah, I think it's a great product. It's not right for EVERY situation or every GM, but it's a GREAT tool to have in your toolbox ... and it's cheap to get a single roll of it to test out what YOU think.
talinthas From: talinthas Date: April 1st, 2010 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)
man, i wish i was better at making interesting dungeons so that something like this would be useful to me. As it is, i only tend to pull out the map tiles once or twice a session, and tend to reuse the ones that look closest to what i'm imagining the dungeon looks like.
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