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Gamemaster-Tool: Magnetic Whiteboard with Grids

The Origin Of The GAMERBOARD


If you ever were a gamemaster in a pen and paper RPG like Shadowrun, then you surely have heard something like this:



"Why am I within the radius of this spell? I am hiding behind this rock! This mage definitely cannot see me from his position! So how can he bespell me?"


Yes, it is not easy to be a game master. At games where distances and positions play an important role in the gaming rules it is almost inevitable to have a map of the location. Otherwise misunderstandings are pre-programmed. And Shadowrun is definitely this type of game. Sooner or later everybody uses maps and floor plans.


So it was bound to happen that we started displaying the “combat situations“ with sheets of paper and cookies at our gaming sessions (The cookies raised the casualty count a good deal).


Unfortunately sooner or later somebody would accidently bump into the table, making the cookies leave their carefully chosen positions on the map. So our next step was to buy a cork pin board and use pins as chars.


Of course we drew our own plans and maps for our Shadowrun gaming sessions and we used Shadowrun map generators and downloaded floor plans and made various sketches. And there was our next problem: The pins made holes in our fine maps and plans. When the game master wanted to use them again later this was not pretty.


So we got us a magnetic board and a lot of different magnets until we found magnets suitable for our mapping purpose. Magnets which are strong but not so strong that they would push each other apart when put close to each other. In Shadowrun chars can stand pretty close to each other. No more holes in our maps.


But this did not eliminate all our problems. It often happens that you want to add something to the maps, plans and drawings during the game. But only temporarily. But when you add something with pencil to a map and erase it later with a rubber this is not really good for the map.


So we covered the maps and plans with a transparent sheet. On this sheet we could draw with whiteboard markers and erase the drawing later. Unfortunately these sheets tended to shift. And pegs and paper-clips where not a good solution.


And then one of our Shadowrunners spotted those advertising frames at the supermarket. That was the solution! A snap frame with coversheet. We only had to add a magnetic bottom. The GAMERBOARD was born.


And when we made some GURPS sessions it became necessary for the gamer master to put a hexagon grid onto the maps and plans. With those the GAMERBOARD was complete. This is how you get it in our web shop today. You don’t need more for Shadowrun.


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