Flat Plastic Miniatures

This is a case where the name pretty much says it all.  Flat Plastic Miniatures (FPM) is a KickStarter to make, well, flat plastic miniatures for tabletop roleplaying games.  There is also a digital reward that allows you to get versions of the minis to use in the virtual tabletop of your choice though so maybe the name doesn’t quite say it all, but it’s close.  Twenty-five dollars (US) gets you any set of 62 miniatures of your choice along with a panel of bases to stand them up on the table.  You can of course double your order for $50 but things get interesting if you pledge $75.  At that point you get all five of the core sets of FPM along with the two sets of bases.  That is over 300 plastic miniatures and around 60 bases for the cost of three or four boxes of random miniatures from anywhere else, and that’s with shipping included (domestically at least, it will cost an additional $20 for international shipping).fpm_tabletop

The samples shown on the KickStarter page should be enough to give you an idea of the type of quality to expect from these minis.  They are printed on clear plastic with the character’s front on one side and a separate image showing the back of the mini on the reverse side, so facing is easy to distinguish in games where this makes a difference.  The variety in the core five sets is fairly impressive as well.  There are five sets: The Grove (elves and woodland creatures), Ancient Evils (Necromancers, zombies, eldritch horrors etc), Mankind (actual people), Wild Lands (goblins, orcs, barbarians etc), and The Underground (dwarves, drow, beholders and more).  As you can tell the basic sets are highly geared towards fantasy games which makes sense considering how dominate fantasy RPGs are within the genre.

fpm_evilThe KickStarter is already well past being funded with 30 days still to go as of the posting of this article and as more Stretch Goals are unlocked more interesting miniatures are made available including legendary creatures and additional add-on sets.  So far a pack of Super heroes and villains has been unlocked ($25 add-on) as well as a Monster Mansion pack that can be used with the board game of the same name which is currently on KickStarter with 15 days remaining.

I’m personally holding out hope for a set of modern man minis that can be used in Call of Cthulhu games and the like, but that will most likely be in a second phase of releases unless this KickStarter continues to roll along at a great pace.

There are also other rewards besides more miniatures that can be gotten including the right to submit your own miniatures which are added to one of the sets.  Have a specific monster you always wanted a mini for but could never find?  Here’s your chance!  FPM seems like one of those ideas that is so obvious that once you first see it it’s impossible to believe it hasn’t been done before.  Cost and storage alone make this a great idea for any tabletop RPG fan.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

#040 Interview – RPG Table Online

This week Jesse, Matt and Danny talk to Robert Eng and Rory Madden from RPGTableOnline formerly known as the Virtual Table from Wizards of the Coast.  RPG Table allows players to play D&D together online with automated rolls, character imports from Wizard’s Character Builder and many other tools.  The virtual table works with D&D 4e but listen in to find out what other versions of D&D and possibly other RPG games will soon be supported!

Also be sure to check out GameTableOnline for many other online board games, may of them free to play!

If you like this interview you might also be interested in our reviews of the virtual table from a player’s perspective and a DM’s perspective.

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Dungeons & Dragons Virtual Table: A DM’s Perspective

It can be hard to keep a gaming group together over the years as people get different jobs, move and have differing schedules.  As a result, gamers have been looking for ways to play online for many years.  Our group has tried several times to use different technologies to allow us to play with varying degrees of success.  Over the last couple of years we have mostly used Map Tool and Skype which works fairly well.  Once all of the information is entered into the application play for the players is fairly easy.  Each player can move their token around the map, use their abilities and manage hit points and conditions.

The real problem I had as a DM using MapTool was the sheer volume of time and work required by me just to run a single session.  In order to play a single three-hour session I would sometimes require as much as four hours of prep time in MapTool importing characters, setting up weapons/armor/items, drawing out the map and importing monsters and NPCs.  Add to that the amount of time I would need to spend just preparing the adventure and it would normally take me five hours to get a session ready, longer if there were multiple encounters that session.  As a result I eventually burned out on all of the prep work and we took a hiatus from playing.

Recently we decided to give the new Virtual Table from Wizards of the Coast a shot since it has been in beta now for about a year and (we hoped) should now be fairly mature and easy to use. Continue reading “Dungeons & Dragons Virtual Table: A DM’s Perspective”

Dungeons & Dragons Virtual Table: A Player’s Perspective

The D&D Virtual Table is a major step toward making long distance gaming convenient for both players and Dungeon Masters.  As a player of D&D for more than 15 years, I can honestly say that nothing compares to having a physical battle map, real figurines and the entire group of players with a DM in the same room.  However,  if your group of players is like ours then between family, work, and hundreds of miles you don’t get the chance to crash a friend’s basement with a tray of pizza rolls and a case of Mountain Dew like the old days. Continue reading “Dungeons & Dragons Virtual Table: A Player’s Perspective”