To display in front of players, the two simplest ways I could think of: 1) take an index card. Fold in half lengthwise like a little tent. Cut two slots. Insert relevant markers:
|Deaf & Poisoned|
2)Second option, just fold the marker in half and put a paper clip on it:
Downside is they might get shuffled around the table, upside is super simple, and your players can have tons in front of them.
I've seen Cyclopeatron use a little yellow slip with a lantern on it to indicate light bearer. I need to make some of those.
If you're using minis, Dan C. over at Dungeoneering Dad suggests the little color rings around milk and soda as easy to get, multi-colored markers.
What effects do you need? I'll try to make them.
I like these a lot. I've only ever seen status tracking like this done with minis before, but just having the stati (statuses? statum?) sit in front of the players seems much easier to use. I could even use this for a Skype or Google+ game, labeling the display tents with the PC's names and having them in front of me. Very cool. Thanks!ReplyDelete
The only two other effects I can think of that aren't on your first batch are when a character is charmed and when a character is held in place, either by magic or by a web or something. I suppose that the turtle *could* double for that, but it would probably be most ideal to have a distinction between "can move slowly" and "can't move at all."ReplyDelete
Thanks. I thought of doing this when Zak mentioned he had trouble tracking various player states on Google+. I immediately remembered this session of mine:ReplyDelete
Other effects: Maybe a smiley face with swirly eyes could be charmed/dazed, or a heart shape behind a silhouette head. I'm thinking a spider web could work for held/paralyzed etc. A hare with speed lines for hasted. Maybe need something for fear. Oh, and nausea for my skunkbat attacks! But this will come later because I'm currently trapped in family-land.
These are great! name plates alone are a good idea, but adding in status markers makes it very clear as to who is stunned or whatever.ReplyDelete
in addition to the ones you have, a "shrunken", or "giant sized" marker might be useful, as well as an "encumbered"... although that could be the turtle now that I think of it.
Hey, thanks. Those are three good ones. I know just how I could do shrunken/giant, similar to the age progression icons I posted with silhouettes. Also, I can easily shop one of the hireling silhouettes to look really overburdened. But probably not for a few days-- still at the folks'.ReplyDelete