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Old 07-30-2018, 06:58 PM   #31
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Default GM Screen - one way mirror?

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After 40 years of GMing this game, I've been reliving game experiences to determine what seemed to pop up as most annoying when using the GM screen.

It came to me today. It always seems to block *my* view of some of the Players and the map itself, and gets in the way of setting up pieces and rolling dice, ...
Hi Kirk,
They have said that the screen will be in landscape, so I think that it will be quite a bit lower than most GM screens. I'm fine with that myself.

Warm regards, Rick
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:56 PM   #32
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Default Re: TFT Gamemasters Screen -- What needs to be in it?

Landscape? That's not even worth the effort.
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:27 PM   #33
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Default Re: TFT Gamemasters Screen -- What needs to be in it?

While I would need to see some kind of mock-up or sample screen to fully evaluate its utility, it does seem to me that a landscape screen would give the GM the best possible view of the table while still protecting secrets.
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Old 07-31-2018, 02:16 AM   #34
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Default Re: TFT Gamemasters Screen -- What needs to be in it?

I'm a big fan of landscape screens - the fact that it's less of a barrier between me and the players is a positive thing in my book.
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Old 07-31-2018, 02:30 PM   #35
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Default Re: TFT Gamemasters Screen -- What needs to be in it?

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Please make the Player's side in extra large and clear font. I find that it is often hard to read the tabe on the player facing side of screens from the table. Players are usually seated much farther from the screen than the GM is.
The GM side needs to be reasonably large, too. FFG's screens, for example, are pretty worthless as references in play when in "screening position," due to small fonts and the tendency to be slightly in shadow; to use them I need to move them closer, negating their use as screens. In practice, I wind up with it open flat on the table; or making a booklet and using that, instead.
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Old 07-31-2018, 02:42 PM   #36
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Default Re: TFT Gamemasters Screen -- What needs to be in it?

Might personal reference cards not be better for players? Leaving the player facing screen fully available for cool artwork?
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:01 PM   #37
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Might personal reference cards not be better for players? Leaving the player facing screen fully available for cool artwork?
I don't know how the economics of printing would work out, but if it's affordable to include some sort of player reference card that could be given to the players and handed around, then the back of the screen would indeed be 100% free for artwork. I'm just not sure if that is actually more expensive than printing on the back of the screen.
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:06 PM   #38
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I don't know how the economics of printing would work out, but if it's affordable to include some sort of player reference card that could be given to the players and handed around, then the back of the screen would indeed be 100% free for artwork. I'm just not sure if that is actually more expensive than printing on the back of the screen.
I wasn't considering costs at all to be honest. So a valid point that it might be more costly. However the way the KS is going at the moment... :)
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:19 PM   #39
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Default Re: TFT Gamemasters Screen -- What needs to be in it?

The thing about a player reference card is that they're the kind of thing it's very easy to print out. Or stick it inside the TFT companion and we can photocopy them, whatever.

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The gamemaster's screen should have pockets for snacks and trail mix. :D

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No, not really.
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Old 08-01-2018, 04:28 AM   #40
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The thing about a player reference card is that they're the kind of thing it's very easy to print out. Or stick it inside the TFT companion and we can photocopy them, whatever.

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The gamemaster's screen should have pockets for snacks and trail mix. :D

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No, not really.
And it should be microwave safe so you can load it with hotpockets, nuke it, and play!
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