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The World’s Greatest Screen

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS, Pathfinder, Product Review with tags , , , , on January 30, 2019 by boccobsblog

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DM screens are sometimes a hot button issue. DMs either love them or hate. A lot of players complain that DMs are cheating behind their screens. I personally use a screen to hide minis and terrain pieces. I still make my rolls on the table in front of my players. One issue I do have with using a DM’s screen is that I can’t see the whole table/battle mat. That issue was resolved when I found the  The World’s Greatest Screen at Gen Con a few years back (you can find the original article here).

Hammerdog offer their screens in three formats: vertical, horizontal, and mini. What makes them the world’s greatest? Well according to their website:

  • You can put anything you want in the pockets.
  • You can fold it up and use it any way you like.
  • You can write all over it with wet erase markers.
  • Magnetic Game Aids work through the pockets.
  • You can download inserts for it free from our site.
  • What more do you need?

I use the mini, it hides my minis, but doesn’t obscure the table. The mini uses 4×6 index cards, and has 12 pockets. I’ve created some inserts for the mini screen (free download).

What to use the player-facing pockets for?

  • NPC pictures and names
  • Maps
  • Player images
  • Artwork
  • Track Initiative
  • Dank memes

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The World’s Greatest Screen By Hammerdog Games

Posted in Product Review with tags , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by boccobsblog

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Sometimes it is the simplest ideas that make the best products. At this year’s Gen Con I saw a gamemaster screen that can be used for any game. The screens are blank and the GM slides in sheets of paper that has all the pertinent information for their game. This allows the screen (which is made of heavy-duty materials and will last a lifetime) to be used for any game system. If you’re running a D&D campaign, then switch to Star Wars, you simply switch out the sheets. TWGS is truly reusable.

The folks at Hammerdog games (the makers of TWGS) also offer a range of down-loadable inserts that you can get for free on their website.The screen would work well with our Quick Treasure Chart, and our Quick Name Chart.

Check out their site and see for yourself. While you’re there look at Chaos Chess (a four-player version), and Imajewels (glass bead gaming tokens).

Hammerdog is a great indie company and worth a look.