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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:



"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.


We also drew maps of buildings or "organized" them from the internet. We used various Shadowrun mapping tools and downloaded plans and designed many sketches. And this led to the next problem: Those carefully designed maps and plans were perforated by the pins. When you want to use them in other occasions this was suboptimal.


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.


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.


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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