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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?"


As gamemaster life ain't easy. With games, where the rules for distance and position are important, it is mandatory to have a map from the location where the fight takes place. Otherwise problems are unavoidable. Shadowrun is a game with extremly detailed distance rules. So every gamemaster finally uses sketches and maps.


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.


The next logical step was a magnetic board for which we bougt many magnets. It took quite a while until we found the perfect magnets for our purpose, magnets that were strong but nevertheless could be placed close to each other without pushing each other appart. In Shadowrun the acting chars can stand quite close to each other.


Another problem followed. Occasionally we had to add something to our maps. But only temporarily. So we used pencils to add details and erased them later. This did our maps no good.


A cover sheet over the maps solved this problem. Now you could draw on the maps at your liking with whiteboard markers and wipe everything away easily later. But the cover sheet did not allway stay in place. And the paper-clipps we use to hold the maps and the transparent sheet together were not very pretty either.


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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