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Magnetic Whiteboard with Grids for RPGs


Universal Gamemaster Screen

A Gamemaster Tool


If you ever were gamemaster in role play game then you certainly have heard something like this before over the GM screen:


Universal Gamemaster Screen

"But I said that I took cover behind that barrel! And why am I in range of this grenade? And that mage can not see me from this angle! So how can he then cast 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.


At our regular pen and paper game meetings we finally started to get a better overview of what was happening with the help of sketches, drawings and some biscuits as NPCs. (The biscuits did not last very long.)

 Universal gamemaster screen

The only unpleasant thing was that sooner or later one of us accidentally pushed the table and messed up the whole game situation. To get this problem under control we got us a pinboard made of cork and used the pins as chars.

 Universal gamemaster screen

We then tried RPG map generators, we downloaded a lot of floor plans and even made various drawings ourself. Then a new problem emerged: If you put pins in plans and sketches, they make holes. And that's not good for a map (a universal gamemaster screen), especially if you want to use the map later on other occasions.


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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