Sometimes, just a small hint is enough to give players image of what's going on and give them the right feel. And perhaps help everyone remember some environmental modifiers too. This is true with the torch & light markers I made years ago, in addition to helping to remember that characters can't see everything out there.
As I mentined in my post showing various terrain tiles/components, I bought Black Scroll Games' castle tiles some time ago. While the tiles look outstanding, putting castle setups with corridors was a bit clumsy. BSG's video suggests using tape, but drawing and cutting tape isn't very handy thing to do in the middle of a game.
This article goes through various Tactical map and map tile options that can be used with Roleplaying games.
Note: I've written this post ages ago, I just rediscovered it and thought it might be useful for someone. Personally I've moved away from 3d props due to practical reasons (most of my games take place in places other than my home.
Because crafting is fun. Especially Game-related crafting. And 3E monster manual looked cooler.
Now that I've been moving towards using maps and tiles as terrain instead of 3D terrain, as most of my games take place somewhere else than at my home, I've had an itch to craft something. Seeing some very cool Dice pouches and pondering what would be optimal way to categorize and store my minis gave me an idea of making a Monster Manual -style miniatures box for my core miniatures collection.
I found my favourite Dungeons! For quite a while, I've been trying to find dungeon tiles that look GOOD. (I've been spoiled by Heroic Maps' Cemetery Crypts that are the single best looking pieces of dungeons I've seen.) I've following Heroic Maps at DTRPG quite closely and don't know how this got published without me realising it, but I found it now when I realized Heroic Maps has -60% off their prices right now!
Just a short heads-up - Heroic Maps is having a sale, giving -75%(!) off it's EXCELLENT maps! I wasn't happy to see it this late, as the sale is a christmas calendar sale, one product at a time being sold at a fraction of it's cost. Today's item is Lostwhere forest, which look to be forest terrain I tried to find before settling for D&D wildeness tiles, which are handy but far from the looks of this map!
There's a nice amount of sales here and there and also I've been browsing and doing some purchases here and there - both physical maps (or actually tiles) and printable ones. I've found good ones and also seen little disappointments.
For some time, I've been looking at Future Armada's Invictus with a curious eye, but I haven't had actual need for it. A few days ago I run a session of Babylon 5 and went to check what DriveThruRpg has to offer. I had been looking at High Space's Euphoria as I was planning to use it's setting Lantern as a base for the game.
There's a few words I'd like to share with you about using 3d-terrain and/or maps/tiles - what to use and why, and share my experiences about some maps and tiles I've used. And while I love modelling and creating cool terrain setups in my games, I've been moving towards using map tiles in my games instead of 3d props, and there's several reasons for that, which I'm going to tell you more about below. I've also added a few review-ish about tiles/terrains on this post.