Announcing Adventurin – August 8th, 2013
I wrote this post a year and a half ago because I was frustrated by the mini market, how expensive it is, and how bad the art was on the minis.
Some friends and I decided to work on the problem togther, and we’re launching Adventurin, a service where you can use your browser to design and get delivered to your house a custom miniature for your D&D games. No plugins, no special software needed.
You can print your characters minis, or even build NPC and eventually monsters to print out.
I’m probably not going to update the tokens below, as the game I was creating them for fell apart a long time ago. However, I highly recommend joining the mailing list for Adventurin and checking it out when we’re done.
Everyone knowns how much easier combat is to understand when you have some spatial aids. Wizards of the Coast and other gaming companies are pushing hard on minis, but they’re fairly expensive and take up a lot of storage room. Did I also mention they happen to be expensive to collect a lot?
As an alternative, you can use tokens, and make them at home. I used to think home-made tokens looked cheap, because the tokens I saw people use had hodge-podge artwork on them, in different styles and mediums, and there was no sense of cohesion.
Which is why I decided to make my own tokens. I like to think I’ve come up with a pretty streamline way to make tokens fast, and I’m quickly expanding my repetoire.
Here are the things you need:
- One of these bad boys:
which is a circle punch used in scrapbooking, available at any good craft store, including Michaels here in the USA. This will do for most medium sized creatures, but if you need to go larger, you can use one of these:
which is a circle cutter, and should do 1" – 5" circles, which should be good for any monster you can come up with.
- Some contact paper, available at any stationary store.
- Some card stock
- A computer and a printer.
Using these supplies, you can make your own tokens fairly quickly and easily. Now, I like to draw, and I’m fairly good at it, so I draw my own tokens. For those of you who either don’t have the time, inclination or skill to draw your own, I’m making mine available for free.
As you can see, the art is consistent, and the templates are pretty easy to use. Simply print the template onto card stock, contact both sides so you can write on them with dry erase markers, line up the circle punch and punch them out. Instant tokens.
I’m slowly adding more monsters as my adventuring party encounter them, so periodically check back for updated monsters.
Here are the monsters that I have currently:
- Evil cleric
- Human berzerker
- Gelatinous cube (coming soon)
- Goblin (coming soon)
- Kobold (coming soon)
(current as of 01-09-2012, and we play once a week, with new monsters twice a month or so)