I’m putting together a new GM screen because I found out that AC7-1 (that came with my Italian D&D Companion set) is kinda useless to me and my players as all the tables on it are either used when a new level is gained (so they can be in a manual, as they don’t need to be referred to more than once every few games) or are not used due to rules revision (percentile thieving skill scores).
As I usually run hexcrawls or dungeons, mostly improvised (as my players manage to derail even a sandbox), I made a list of the the bits I referred to more often. In randomish order:
- NPC reactions (B24, Moldway Basic)
- death’s door (homebrewed version of Jeff Rients‘s)
- dungeon stock and unguarded treasure (a riff on B52 and Sham‘s)
- treasure tables (B45)
- wandering monsters, level 1-3 (B53-54), but could do with a better selection
- missile fire ranges (B27)
- character movement (homebrewed variant of B27, integrating armours, AC and encumbrance)
- overland movement and trasportation (Expert set, sadly not integrated yet with above table)
- campaign and dungeon maps
- monster stats (but could do with a short summary)
Players often referred to:
- armor, weapons and equipment lists (B12)
- their campaign map, dungeon maps and other handouts
- the Expert set fortification shopping list, mostly for drooling 😉
This gave me the idea of having a three panel screen with a panel devoted to “dungeon improvisation”, panel that can be covered by a one-page-dungeon or by the campaign map (with a paperclip) as it’s not going to be used much during overland travel or while going through a “pre-made” dungeon. The idea of adding a fourth panel with town/npc improvisation tables, to be maybe covered with random encounters or features specific to the current (non city) locale (mirroring the dungeon improvisation panel usage) seems also a good idea.
On the players’ side, their maps and handouts can be paperclipped to the screen, covering what they don’t need.
Do you use a screen? Do you have any advice? Any table or content I should include on any side of the screen? Please leave a comment. 🙂