I could never understand why those are so expensive.
I mean, £20 for 3 panels of plastic?
"Never violate a woman, nor harm a child.
Do not lie, cheat or steal – these things are for lesser men.
Protect the weak against the evil strong.
And never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the pursuit of evil."
And ridiculously easy to make by yourself: plus you can change the design as you see fit, like I use bigger fonts so I can read the tables without glasses, I have a small rolodex with the most important info for a scenario, main encounters and so on. I prefer landscape A4, so as to not erect too high a hindrance between the players and the GM. I also use an iPad and every player has their booklet: all relevant tables, and two transparent plastic file folders for their notes, PC sheet and so on. All great touches and easy to make.
Well, I remember when I started running MRQ II I scanned all the tables and made a nice 4 page leaflet for easy reference, and I didn't get it right the first time, I think I went through 4 or 5 editions before I was happy with where every table was. No doubt in a few weeks there will be good ones available for download here.
Most of the time, I don't just want the tables from the rulebook, I also want info that is in large text tables, but I want it in a condensed format. So I'll make a new list with the different wounds, the effects they have, and the remedies, be it natural healing, first aid, healing, and magic healing. So it is very hard to have it just right from the outset. You're more than welcome to have a look at mine in a few weeks.
For starters, I try to arrange the tables in a logical fashion: all the combat effects together, all the magic modifiers, the travel and economics in one block, something along those lines. Also, we are in expectation of the RQ6 Gamesmaster Pack, which will have a nice offering of important info bundled in one booklet.
At Continuum I asked Pete Nash about producing 3 landscape sheets of the most important charts for RQ6 for use in the Savage Worlds GM screen and he indicated he didn't think there was an ideal set of tables, but rather the most useful tables would differ by GM and that we should use the GM pack to cut and paste tables from to make our own.
Now that is all well and good, but what I also want now is some landscape orientated artwork for the players side :) I guess I will have to see what I can do with the cover image and maybe look at a few images from other RQ books.
I think the GM pack tables are too spatious for a Gm screen. Don't get me wrong, I'm more than happy with them, the clarity, the spacing, but no way I'm gonna get what I need on 3 A4 sheets. On my GM tables I wanna cram as much info as possible: 5 mm margins, 2 mm gutters, 8pt font or less, no space.
We should all convert one table to calc format or xl and put them in a pack, so everyone can make crammed GM sheets with maximum info on minimal surface! If 30 people do 1 or 2 tables, we have a great new tool tomake our own compact sheet, I'm actually aiming for an A3 folded in two.
I use thr Gm booklet on my pad, where it works well, except for the counters, so once I can split the tables from the rest -still have tofind a free way to do that: split a pdf- I'll have the tables on my pad and a compact GM sheet as backup.
So...when is someone smarter than me going to put together a landscape GM screen for the six-sided customizable screen? I am not real computer-saavy when it come to putting these things together, and I would really like to mooch one from someone else! :)
I have one, on 2 pages of landscape A4, and 2 additional pages with weapons, armor and equipment, but they are the most bland and simple arial type, Open Office table style GM screen in the world, with about as much sex appeal as a dirty paint rag. Still, if there are takers...
I'd like to add that I would really like to see an official RQ6 GM screen, especially in landscape format. Really, only in landscape format as I feel that portrait format for GM screens is a bad thing.
Although I suppose that it could be tricky to have evocative art on the player side of the screen as the game doesn't have any "default" setting. However, the art could contain various different images that all evoke the right fantasy vibes.
Really, only in landscape format as I feel that portrait format for GM screens is a bad thing.
But it depends where you position the screen. I put it off to the side so that there’s nothing between myself and the players. Landscape takes up too much real estate on the table - portrait makes a nice nook where maps can lie hidden. Chacun son goût and all that