Zak's last entry (which btw. is super awesome) made me realize that I've never used miniatures in D&D (or WFRP for that matter).
I dunno. I had friends who played Warhammer Fantasy Battle and they had loads of miniatures, but somehow it never occurred to us to use them in a RPG game...
I started thinking about this strange phenomenon and I came up with three reasons:
- Minatures in Poland are expensive as fuck, especially that, until quite recently, Games Workshop was owning 90% of the market. Even today few shops sell miniatures made by other companies...
- We were fully satisfied with hand drawn maps on which we marked our positions using pencils, dice or coins.
- I've never met anyone using minis in their games.
All in all, I was very content with the mini-less way of playing RPGs. And never had any second thoughts...
Until I saw this. And than, this.
Perhaps I was missing something? I can't tell... All I know is I've never seen something like it and it sure does look like limitless amounts of fun!
Zak's styrofoam castle made me also think about how popular playing D&D with minis really is?
The stereotype propagated by the WotC books is: ANYBODY playing D&D should do it using minis (from WotC), dungeon maps (from WotC) and terrain models (from WotC).
This is obviously a cheap marketing trick, but still I wonder...
Logic would indicate, that old school players should have a soft spot for minis because of the game's Chainmail origins. But is it true?
Take this poll and let's see for ourselves!