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Gamemaster-Tool: Magnetic Whiteboard with Grids

The Origin Of The GAMERBOARD


Everybody who has ever played Shadowrun and who was game master knows these complaints from his Gamers only to well:



"But I did say I went for cover behind that barrel! And why am I within reach of this grenade? And that mage cannot see me from this angle! Why can he cast a spell on 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.


In our weekly Shadowrun sessions we began to get a better overview over the situation with paper and pencil, using cookies as chars (The cookies did not last very long).


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.


One day the billboard-frames in a supermarket caught the attention of one of our gamers. Here it was, the perfect solution! A snappframe with transparent cover sheet! All we had to do was to make the bottom magnetic. This we managed with a ferreous sheet. 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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