Every adventurer likes to rid their dungeons of rabid vermin but the kill just seems better when you can clobber those pesky pests on their home turf. This week Ben shares a DIY tutorial for your own modular rat motels. Besides it’s always best to get ‘em at the source, right?
Time for another stimulus round of RPG bliss as Ben shares some of his latest photo finds from around the community. Hobby time is a bit of a rare commodity at the moment but Ben always has time to gawk.
Recent studies show the 1980s Depeche Mode single, “Just Can’t Get Enough” was actually referring to D&D statues. OK – that might not be entirely true but there doesn’t seem to be any other scientific explanation as to why Ben can’t get enough of the stone monuments in his own terrain accessories Pile. This week he’s gonna show his interpretation of CatataFish’s Sophisticated Finishes painting technique. And before you know it, you’re going to be humming the same tune.
Did you know Ben often suffers from Stationary Motivation – a rare form of terrain disease found in D&D hobbyists? The symptoms are obvious. Hundreds of brilliant game board ideas swirl through the victim’s head. The patient’s ass inexplicably becomes immobile. Its eyes become fixated on the TV all weekend long. Maybe you’re infected too?! Is there a cure? Fear not. The doctor will see you now.
A typical knock on a typical dungeon crawl is that continuous gray terrain scheme. After 20-plus rooms, your gaming eyes become a bit hypnotized from all that dreary brick. Any crafty solutions that can combat this eye paralysis will almost certainly create a better game board experience. This week Ben shows you how he bridged this senses gap between cavern and dungeon with a DIY terrain transition piece. Tallyho!
Last week Ben revealed is home brewed Water Bottom Boys gang but alas, he still needs a cavern-esque terrain environment to represent their prison turf. While he’s started to piece this 3D game board together, his progress moved at a turtle’s pace. Maybe a little keyboard-to-blog-work will incite the necessary D&D juices. So let’s roll up our adventure pant legs and mosey on into the shallow end.
The Pyramid of Shadows D&D 4E module is a cornucopia of dungeon environments. There’s Egyptian, cavern, water, forest and stone brick all rolled up under one twisted prison roof. This bevy of colliding landscapes is forcing Ben’s terrain mind to work overtime. This week were going to focus on The Bridge encounter and its homebrewed Water Bottom Boys inhabitants.
Bookman, our party wizard, has a rather colorful character trait that makes him a bit of a collector. He doesn’t crave fine wines or historical relics. Instead, he fishes for the unusual and extreme. He’s a bit of a DIY caster and often needs unique components to concoct new, experimental spells. Leftovers are saved for his next visit to the local trading post in hopes of a better barter with the shop’s proprietor. Let’s take a look at some of his recent finds.
Last week you got a glimpse of our 3-D printed, hovering boulder terrain. However, those beauties won’t carry any real RPG weight without a great skill challenge, right? Thankfully, Ben’s got some devious DM ideas that are sure to put a little extra spring in this encounter’s step. Rock on.
This week we decided to spice up the entry encounter to D&D’s Pyramid of Shadows 4E module. We just felt it needed a little more flare and adrenaline to properly frame the moment at hand. Our new home brewed terrain will certainly help make this scenario our own – the trusted motto proudly displayed on the BensRPGPile family crest. Gather round…