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Magnetic Whiteboard with Grids for RPGs


Universal Gamemaster Screen

A Gamemaster Tool


Anyone who ever sat behind a gamemaster screen mastering a pen and paper RPG knows these players' complaints:


Universal Gamemaster Screen

"Why am I within the radius of this spell? I hide behind that rock! The magician can not see me from his position! How can he then put a spell on me?"

 universal gamemaster screen

It's not easy to be GM. Many role plays have sophisticated rules when it comes to positions and distances of the characters. It helps if you can see the situation, not just in the mind's eye. And so most gamemasters sooner or later prepare some sort of universal gamemaster screen with drawings and maps.


We too tryed scetches with paper and pencil in our role play meetings and used some cookies to illustrate the environment and the positions of our characters.

 Universal gamemaster screen

Regrettably every now and then in the heat of battle someone would rock the table, which messed up the whole carefully set up situation. A pinboard helped us here. The needles were our chars.

 Universal gamemaster screen

We tryed out various things. Hand-drawn floor plans, material found on the internet, maps designed with graphics programs. What turned out to be problematic were the pins. They made holes in the maps. And if you want to use a map (a universal gamemaster screen) later again, this is not a good idea.


We then got us a magnetic board. Unfortunately it took a while before we found magnets that met our requirements. After all, they have to hold well, but not push each other appart or attract each other to strong (On such a universal GM screen the chars can stand quite close to each other.).


Soon a new problem arose: Sometimes, depending on the game situation, the GM hat to add something to the drawings and maps attached to our universal gamemaster screen. But if you add something on a sketch or a print with pencil and erased it later, some shades and traces remain.


We solved this elegantly with a transparent cover sheet. This even had the advantage that you could draw on the maps not only with pencil (if you wanted to erase something later), but now you could even draw in color with whiteboard markers. Unfortunately this sheet often got out of place on our gamemaster screen .


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 a 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. That's all a GM need for roele play gaming.


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