Table Tools for the Lazy DM!
I’m lazy. I`ll admit it. I sit down in my DM chair and plan to stay there unless I have to go to the bathroom…and I’m working on ways around even that. To aid me in my ability to plant my rear end for the duration of the session, I’ve acquired two essential tools for face to face D&D that are necessary to keep my booty in the seat.
The Laser Pointer
I can sit behind my screen, peer over the top, point to the map with the laser and bark orders. “Okay. Move ..that guy.. Over here. Good. Thanks” and my PCs, who are closer to the map, can obey my commands! One potential downside to the laser, if you saw him in the picture at top, is that one of my kitties decided to perch himself on the table and watch the action. He became interested in the laser when I began to use it. Heh.
This one, however, was a little more straight forward with his interest in the map:
Anywho. When using the laser pointer to instruct my PCs where to move the baddies, a scenario occurred a few times. “Yeah. Move that guy up to here. No, more. Ah. Back one. Over one more. One more.” Tedious and annoying all around.
Behold! The latest tool in my arsenal!
48″ long! Now I can move around my washer minis and other minis just where I want them. It arrived yesterday and my next D&D session is scheduled for the end of October (monthly) so we`ll see how well it works.
What tabletop tools do you find essential at your sessions?