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Why I Craft Terrain For D&D

I have had many people ask me why I craft terrain for Dungeons and Dragons games. This seems like a simple answer but there are so many reasons that I do it. The number one reason is I get personal enjoyment out of the act of crafting. The second reason is I get personal enjoyment out of seeing players reactions to the crafts. A third reason is it is relaxing actually crafting things. A fourth reason is that it can add some nice dynamics to a game that otherwise aren't there.

The personal enjoyment I get out of crafting is the best part for me. It is awesome being creative and getting ideas out there. When I begin a project I don't always know how it will come out. When I am finished though it is neat seeing what I could do. While I know I am not the best at crafting and am certainly not the most patient it is still pretty awesome seeing what I can do with some glue, cardboard, and paint.

The first time I slapped down some things I crafted on the table with my wife and my gaming group gave me a lot of motivation to do more. The first time I crafted anything it was for a 1 on 1 game with my wife. She had said before that she wasn't into miniatures or terrain but that game changed that. I incorporated a puzzle into the terrain too which she loved. The first time Nate from WASD20 (CLICK FOR HIS WEBSITE) saw my crafts he began to take photos of it all because he loved it. I love seeing their reactions to really cool things I have worked on.

Crafting can be very therapeutic. When I sit down to paint whether it is terrain or miniatures I feel at ease. It allows me to clear my head and not worry about anything else in my life. When I spend hours crafting the same thing happens. My focus goes to what I am making and the game I am going to run. It is the best way to escape reality I think. It is also a fantastic hobby that you can do with friends, children, spouses, or anyone really.

Painting Wargaming Figures
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By Javier Gomez Valero

My fourth reason and one of the better reasons is it allows players to visualize everything on the battle field. You don't have to worry about them not hearing your description of the boxes in the corner or the balcony they could swing off of because they can see it the whole time. This can help make for some really cinematic play if your players are adventurous like that. Plus changing up things like room shapes and sizes I feel has more impact in this scenario.

Those are just four of the reasons I enjoy crafting. I posed the question in the DMs Craft Facebook page and got some interesting answers like "chicks dig it" from my good friend DMG on YouTube. Go check out his amazing crafting channel. Also go join the DMs Craft Facebook page to see some excellent work by some of the best crafters I have ever seen.

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Motivation For Prep, Painting Minis, and Crafting Terrain

My biggest struggle with gaming is motivating myself to do things like prep. This carries over to painting miniatures and crafting terrain as well which is something I love to do. Considering my preferred way to game is with miniatures, and terrain this makes things even more difficult for me. Coming up with inspiration is easy for me but motivating myself to sit down and unplug from the internet or television so I can prep, paint, or craft is the true struggle for me.

Realizing this is one of my biggest weaknesses I need to force myself to sit down and spend a night prepping for my various games. I think part of the reason I struggle to do these things is because I find that I need to be doing it so often for all of the games I run. D&D Encounters is run weekly, and I have two at home campaigns I am running. Then there are games I run online. Most of the time I can't prep while listening to Podcasts, or watching YouTube because I get distracted too easily. 

Prep can take me as short as 30 minutes or up to 3 hours depending on the adventure. 30 minutes if the players are possibly picking up where things left off and it wasn't finished. 3 hours if we wrapped things up in a previous session and I have no idea where things may go. I find that if I prep the introduction, and just the encounters the session runs a lot smoother than if I try to anticipate a bunch of potential directions the players may go.

Painting miniatures and crafting terrain is something I am not the best at. It is also a lengthy process for me to sit down and do it. My wife keeps the paint up stairs in her crafting desk. I keep my unpainted miniatures in a box in my basement. I don't have a designated area for painting miniatures at this time. The combination of these things makes it feel like I spend an hour just getting everything I need ready and in one place. Then cleaning up is just as taxing for me. 

Once I have my game space in the basement all set up I will be able to do my miniature painting, and terrain crafting much easier. Getting this stuff done I feel like may motivate me to prep a lot more too. So setting aside time once or twice a week to just sit down and prep, another night to paint or craft terrain should do the trick. The trick for me will be to set times in my schedule to do these things and force myself to see them through.

How do you motivate yourself to prep, paint miniatures, and craft terrain? Do you have a designated area for these things? If not do you think having a designated area would help you? If you do, does it help you to sit down and just jump right into things?

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My Own Game Room

Working on your own game room can be quite a daunting task. About a year ago my wife and I bought our house and of course I began planning out ways the basement could be made into my game room. It wasn't until a couple of months ago that my wife got on board with my ideas a little bit. I say a little bit because she thinks I am crazy to want to make the basement of our 1920's home into a gaming area.

So a couple weeks ago I found a table and 7 chairs through an online garage sale site for $50. It will make a fantastic gaming table. Now one of the players and I have talked about putting a raised part for the battle mat and miniatures on top of. I am also considering building a DM station or just adding about 14 inches off the one side of the table for my area. I've spent some time looking over a lot of different tables hoping one would stand out more than the rest to me.

One of the things that is important for my gaming space is shelving for my miniatures and books but preferably keeping them separate from each other. There is a do it yourself glass case I have seen which would be really cool for my miniatures. I am thinking something like that or a regular case with glass doors would be good for miniatures. I want to be able to display them so even when they aren't in use they can be seen by anyone hanging out in the game room for the evening. As for the book shelves I am going to build some simple book shelves. I haven't spent as much time looking at these as I have looking at tables.

The final thing is purely for show. I'd like to put up a wall for pictures, and posters gaming related. I have quite a few things I have been wanting to put up for a really long time but haven't had a place to put them. Behind this drywall we will be putting in a bathroom which is already partially done. Having this be only about 10 feet away from the table will be very convenient.

When my gaming area is finished I will be posting a before and after video of my game space. Having a designated area for me to play my games will be nice. Some of the other things I will be doing in this space is painting miniatures, and terrain. Filming YouTube videos will take place in this area. Also I will probably be doing most of my game prep here. Having a TV and a DVD player in the room will help.

Do you have a designated game room or area? How is yours set up? Can you share pictures? I would love to see and hear all about your current or dream gaming room set ups.

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