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Postby Kurgan » Thursday October 8th, 2020 6:05pm

I still like to use the real thing. I whipped up a quick and dirty coordinate system (the standard board is 26 squares wide x 19 squares high). Feel free to use, or modify as you like. To keep everybody straight with their particular boards.

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Postby Oftkilted » Thursday October 8th, 2020 6:20pm

That’s a pretty cool idea for movement Kurgan. Though technically it could be done as a quasi-play by forum. (As there are dice rollers on forum.)
While I’m not Midwest, I’d be up for trying some playing remotely. (I even have dice coming in the mail!)
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Postby Rath of Un » Thursday October 8th, 2020 8:21pm

Grid system is nice, might want to consider numbering or letting each room, might make locating models easier and quicker.


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Postby Kurgan » Friday October 9th, 2020 11:19am

Fantastic idea! Here's the new version. I thought about making it in b&w but the colors also help. Someone with a lot of time on their hands could label EVERY square but I think this should do for me. :D

Edit: Fixed, thanks for the feedback.
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Postby Oftkilted » Friday October 9th, 2020 11:28am

Kurgan wrote:Fantastic idea! Here's the new version. I thought about making it in b&w but the colors also help. Someone with a lot of time on their hands could label EVERY square but I think this should do for me. :D


The letters on the top row need to be in black, they’re really hard to read in white.
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Postby Kurgan » Friday October 9th, 2020 4:54pm

Oftkilted wrote:The letters on the top row need to be in black, they’re really hard to read in white.



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Postby Kurgan » Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 8:30pm

Hey everybody, I recently purchased for myself an inexpensive brand new "Document Camera" and it works really well for displaying cards, sections of the board, etc. These are the kinds of readers that are used by teachers for distance learning, etc. It has a quick autofocus option but you have to provide your own lighting. The arm adjusts horizontally and vertically. I rest my board on top of a padded laptop stand/mini-white board so I can adjust the reader around the edges of the board.

Check out examples here. A program called OBS was recommended to me, as a free program suit (multiple platforms) for displaying picture in picture with multiple cameras.

I have three cameras now... (no smart phone or I'd use that as one of them)... my built in laptop camera, an external HD camera ($70) and this Document Camera ($80).

If you want to get fancy, there are also Copy Stands, which you can use with a DSLR and/or Smart phone to display the board. Have to adjust the angle so the pieces don't fall down, but still... not bad!


Why do this instead of Roll 20 ($50 per year) or Tabletop simulator? Because you can use this for anything, and you can use the set you already own. With the above setup other players don't even have to have HeroQuest, though it's coolest if everyone has their own set, or at least their own dice.
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