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HackMaster GM Battlemat

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There are a few different ways to run a HackMaster battle and I've tried several....using monster cards and a card rack, using a computer, and a simple sheet of paper (instead of and in addition to the previous methods). Using a purpose-built computer program or custom PDF tracker probably works the best but it sets up a physical barrier between the GM and the players and, more importantly in my case, ties up the laptop or tablet I want to use for other things, like reference materials.

Invariably I keep going back to a simple tracking method using a sheet of paper. Quick, easy, and almost no prep-time it just works......or at least it does for small combats. During larger combats it is just too easy to forget about combatants or mess up a count.

This battlemat is intended to be printed out at 11" x 17" at your local print shop and laminated for repeat use. It should cost around $5 to create at places like FedEx/Kinkos, with the color version coming in closer to $6. Armed with this battlemat, a wet erase marker, and a ruler/straight edge, it'll be easy to just look down the rows of the mat and see which combatants have an action on the current count. Pretty much everything you might need during combat has a home on the sheet, with the exception of Initiative (which can be "penciled in" if needed).

A brief tutorial on how to use the sheet can be found on the Frugal GM blog.

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This title was added to our catalog on May 09, 2015.