Tabletop RPGs are a time-consuming hobby, with some game masters spending hours setting up the perfect virtual or physical map for the climax of the D&D session. If you want to add a little extra pizzazz to your sessions, a Kickstarter will sell you a 3D printed portal that you can use to create your own fog gates, and the effect is pretty impressive.
Black Scrolls Games is one of many companies that sells 3D printed terrain pieces for D&D campaigns, intended for grid-based combat or simply to give your players an idea of the battlefield. However, this Kickstarter also includes portal pieces that hold your phone, allowing you to create a swirling gate effect or even the fog gates made famous by FromSoftware’s Souls series. They can even be used horizontally for a cauldron effect. You’ll need a 3D printer to make these, though, so make sure you know that before you endorse it.
Kickstarter’s “Act 1” includes nearly a dozen portals that can be used in various configurations, including one with a pond effect that drains to reveal a dungeon entrance below. Very sophisticated. There are at least 4 more in Act 2, including a particularly impressive tree portal called Summoned Souls. While these pieces aren’t necessary for a great D&D campaign, if you’re a GM who pays close attention to presentation, they’ll definitely make an impact at your party. Backers investing $45 or more will receive the full set in 3D printer format.
In other D&D news recently, Wizards of the Coast has attempted to change some key aspects of the OGL, the agreement that defines the relationship between D&D owner Wizards of the Coast and third-party content creators. However, Wizards eventually abandoned the changes due to extremely negative feedback from players and vendors. The Dungeons & Dragons movie Honor Among Thieves is out March 31st.
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