This week I tried using paper miniatures to represent enemies during combat. I’ve used many different types of bits and piece to represent the bad guys in combat. Here’s a list of what I’ve tried with the advantages and disadvantages each type of token.
Advantages: look really cool, great to hang status conditions on (I mainly use rings from soda bottles, but I’ll post about my system later), really get players attention
Disadvantages: price, may be hard to find a miniature that matches the monster you are using, miniature painting is time consuming and a hobby in itself, can be a pain to transport
Other game pieces (chessmen, wood blocks, dice)
Advantages: readily available, great to hang status conditions on, cheap
Disadvantages: not very immersive, plays say “I attack the d6” instead of “I attack the goblin”
Advantages: cheap, easy to transport, very customizable
Disadvantages: hard to move around, hard to apply status effects
Advantages: cheap, customizable, easy to apply status effects, can be purchased
Disadvantages: Requires knowledge of photoshop/Gimp to really customize, a pain to transport, easily tipped over unless a coin is taped to the bottom.
I’m going to try using paper minis again tonight in another campaign I’m running. Maybe I’ll do a more detailed post with pictures later… stay tuned.