So I finally got around to posting some pictures of the new upgrades around the table. So folks have been requesting that I update the latest features, so I figured I might as well do it here. The biggest addition has to be the wiring I’ve put in under the table. Not because it looks cool, but because of what it does for the gaming experience. This is really cool because it allows any player to plug-in a laptop, clip fan, or any electronic device directly under the table. How did I do it? Easy.
First I cut small holes in the support legs with a drill fitted with a round saw bit, then one in the middle center line to join the two sides. I then mounted a power splitter under the center section, and connected another splitter through the middle so as to service the opposite side. This also lets the DM hook up under the table too.
In the picture you can see the storage compartment under the tray which was a later addition about 2 years ago. Any connection cables come up behind the tray, which is under the table yet over the tray. This has become really handy, as we now use YAHOO IM for secret messaging instead of the AIM hand helds I bought way back when.
We’ve also been using a new FOG of WAR technique by using a black cloth to cover our terrain. It’s been very well received by the players who like the idea that they can’t see everything, and it adds a little something extra to exploring again. Besides I sometimes catch them trying to peer through doorways which is pretty funny.
WarThe DM section pictured below is using the second monitor for player facing images and maps, as well as the combat initiative tracker from the Combat Manger program. Also below the table is the AMP for the microphone and the voice effects module, which is tons of fun for any sort of voice, from demon to elf to kobold, and even golems and ghosts!Player Facing Monitor & DM Computer
The last little tid bit we’ve been doing lately is using the export option from the D&D Insider Character Builder to export our sheets to PDF. Using the forms feature we’ve managed to design a PDF sheet with form fields for editing. This is really cool since we can now hook up our laptops and play from there, sans paper! Makes it very quick and easy to make notes, check rules, and check off powers used! But yes, we still roll dice the old-fashioned way!