One common complaint I hear from GMs is the burden of having to collect a ton of various minis in order to represent characters and monsters on the table. Reasonably, it can be a bit of a pain, what with painted minis from WizKids only being available in randomized boxes. You can by them individually, but then you may be looking for upwards to 5-10 for a mini or even more if it’s a rare one. It’s true, many GMs actually enjoy the hunt for minis and building a solid collection, but for every one of those people there are one or more that either a) don’t have the means or b) don’t have the desire to through down $50 on a beholder just to move their campaign along. So real quick, let’s talk what options you have as a GM for physical representation on your board.
One thing to remember is that everyone is going to have their own opinions and preference as to which miniature style works best for them. By no means am I touting any one option as better than others, far from it. Like many things in this hobby, it really boils down to what works best for both the GM and the Players. My goal her is to just shed light on some other alternatives for tabletop representation.
Pretty much the industry standard for minis, these come in boxes of 4 randomized minis. They are pre-painted, which is nice for people who need their miniatures ready to use, but different sets have varying levels of quality when it comes to the paint job. Also, being that the boxes are randomized, they have rarity levels for the different miniatures available, meaning that beholder you just absolutely need may never come from one of the boxes without buying a hefty amount, and even then there’s only a chance you’ll get what you’re looking for. You can buy them in singles from various sources, namely eBay or websites like this one, but depending on the specific miniature, they can get fairly pricey, up into the $50+ range for one mini.
- Sold in boxes of 4
- Lots of sets to choose from with different themes
- Sometimes poorly painted
- Random boxes
- Single minis can have high cost
I recently watched “Boys in the Trees” on Netflix, a movie I had honestly skipped over time and time again when looking for something to watch, and I am SO incredibly glad I finally gave it a shot.
First of all, I skipped it over because of how Netflix made it sound. The description of this movie is:
“They once were friends, but now hormones and high school divide them. On Halloween, however, the rules don’t apply.”
They accompany this with a lot of wolf-based imagery and scenes of teens doing hooligan type stuff. I assumed, to be perfectly honest, that I was gonna get a “Lost Boys meets the Howling” kinda deal. I was expecting ruffian teens who are also werewolves to some capacity terrorizing a small Australian town. Maybe some good creatures effects, probably just a bunch of cheap CGI, move along.
What I ended up getting was a gorgeous coming of age story with a horror twist. I got a movie that reminded us to keep to our dreams, that promises matter, especially those we make to ourselves, and to always remember those we left behind as we grew up.
So, why “The Everything Kid?”
I briefly mention it in my very first post on here, but I’ve never really elaborated as to why I adopted this moniker or whatever. Let me give a bit of quick history on this blog and the time before it.
Back in 2011, I graduated from college, as people who go to college tend to eventually do, and moved from Georgia to Florida with my now wife, Tee. She had been offered a job down here for a property company, and I was not about to be separated from the much cooler person that makes me cool by association, so we made the move together. I spent a few months down here hopelessly unemployed. That resulted in a daily struggle of trying to find someone to hire me while also battling my conflicted aspirations. I found that the hardest thing for me was deciding what I wanted to do with life. I watched as many of my friends from school announced graduate school acceptances or found work in a career field directly related to their field of study. I had decided not to head into graduate school, as honestly furthering my degree just didn’t appeal to me. However, narrowing down what jobs to pursue was much more complex than I once expected. The reality was that I had never spent much time thinking about an actual career. What sort of job would I want to do for years and decades? What sort of company would I be fine identifying myself with for that amount of time? I had never really gone down that rabbit hole, and I found when I did begin to think that way, one problem emerged: I want to do too much.
A long time ago, I did a blog post about “what if Lord of the Rings was a stylized fighting game a la Mortal Kombat?” It was a completely dumb post, nobody read it, and it contributed nothing to the community.
……….Anyway, here’s MORDOR KOMBAT II
- Frodo sticks exclusively to kick-based attacks, showing off his powerful gams he’s developed from walking most of the way across Middle Earth. Seriously, he may be small but after all that walking this Hobbit got thighs like an Instagram fitness model.
- Fatality: Frulk Smash! – Frodo notices that his opponent somehow stole his ring, which causes him to squeal with rage and grow to enormous size, his muscles expanding to match his new-found stature. Now a 4-foot tall behemoth, Frodo pounds his opponent into oblivion.