15 thoughts on “Anyone using DW with miniatures?”

  1. I used miniatures in DW just once, and it was less than useful. I always make battle maps on the fly, and they are to little to support 20mm minis. Tried to use some Warhammer minis for colour, but again, less than useful.

  2. I use minis and a whiteboard. I like to employ tactical opportunities wherever I and I find drawing a few basic features often helps avoid much confusion. I use tiny plastic Squinkies which are more appropriate for the scale of my mapping.

  3. I use minis in DW play by post to set up quick, easy maps, take a snapshot, and upload it for the players. I don’t think they’d be useful for Hangout games, necessarily, and the one time I brought them for a live game, I didn’t end up using them. Pen and paper for maps worked faster. Minis are great for flavor, but certainly not needed to run DW – especially if finding the right minis/setting up the map gets in the way of smooth game flow. Then again, minis are so much fun!

  4. I used them extensively with 4th, not at all with DW. I am probably going to be selling them on eBay now because there’s just no going back to that for me.

  5. I know it goes against even DW principles… but I don’t even use maps let alone miniatures. I ask you, what is the point? Unless a campaign is using a map just to landmark general locations, I wouldn’t use one at all.

    This is my personal preference, but I feel any need to stop and look at a map is an interference in the pace. Now, I have only played online and this might be due to the usage of map tools online and not having something in front of my group at all times without swapping between windows and having to choose paintbrush sizes, etc.

    If it were on a table, I might have to try it since it probably wouldn’t take more than a few moments.

    Do you guys use maps/minis in both settings or just one [onine vs. offline]?

  6. Maps are important because not everyone learns as well through listening.

    As for minis: sure, why not? If you have them handy they’re at least as easy as drawing stuff.

  7. We use minis a fair bit.  I’ve got a huge collection from my 4e days (plus maps, dungeon tiles, and big ass grid table), so it’s an easy resource to leverage. 

    I try to limit the monsters I introduce to ones that I’ve got minis for (and use the visual of the mini to inform the fiction).  Positioning is very fluid and relative; we certainly don’t count squares or anything.

    I find it works well to give everyone a sense of relative positioning. I’ve also been burdening one of my players with the minis of NPCs he’s gotten killed, which is hillarious.

    My only complaint is that limits some of the “fog of war” you can get with a purely minds-eye interaction.

  8. I like drawing a quick, very rough map and plopping down tokens. Players shift their tokens around as they narrate. Seems to help clarify things and keeps everyone on the same page.

    I don’t do it all of the time, though. And I haven’t worked out a good way to do it online.

  9. We used Schleich Minis and made Sand Castles on the beach one camping trip a couple of years ago having large scale battles and playing with the early rules of the game… It was epic!

    Now we tend not to, though the playmobil characters are pretty awesome for customisation.

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