Day 27: What are your essential tools for good gaming?
When I first thought about this question, my focus was on physical items, and I will address a few of these, but Runeslinger’s Day 27 blog entry helped broaden my perspective.
So, here’s my top three tools for good gaming —
The number one tool I bring to the table is creating rich, textured and immersive narratives. I populate my games with layered sub-plots and a huge cast of non-player characters.
On the physical side of things, my homebrewed game menu has become a must-have for me. It’s a three-fold restaurant menu that I’ve populated with tables and charts of poisons, traps, tavern menus, skill check modifiers, and the like. You can pick them up used for next to nothing, or new for less than $20.
The third item is a customized initiative tracker that hangs on my DM screen. In addition to the player’s order of play, I include their passive perception, armour class, and a few other useful stats. It really helps keep the narrative flow going, especially in combat situations.
So, that’s my quick answer for today. In closing, I’ll share with you a game hack that will help improve your game. I recommend purchasing a Tally Counter. They’re cheap (less than $10) and a great way to keep track of rounds for spell effects and such.