Stephen Dragonspawn here.
I am starting a new blog here with the goal of highlighting various items, accessories, supplements and resources that can make the gaming session easier, faster and/or more fun. I'm always looking for different things that make my life easier when running an RPG game, or cool stuff that you can bring to the table. And I will strive to find and discuss things that can be applied to as many genres, settings, periods, and rules systems.
And let me clarify one thing before I continue, I am not being compensated, nor sponsored by any company or publisher. I try to remain unbiased, to offer constructive criticism or comment where needed, as well as some useful advice to my fellow RPG players and GMs.
Ideas and suggestions from you are welcome, if you use certain things in your game and would like to share it with the RPG Community, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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So without further ado, I will begin this blog with my very first Gaming Tool suggestion.
This is a great source of ideas and visual aids for any campaign setting, and I have been using it for a few years now for both RPG purposes and for non-gaming related things too. I'm sure that many people have heard about it but may have not thought of using it for their gaming hobby, even if they have hard or read about it. How many times have you wished that you had a specific image, but maybe you forgot where you saw it, or what you've got on hand is not quite what you're imagining. That, and you don't quite have the artistic talent, or the time to create what you want to show the others at the table.
In a nutshell, this is what Pinterest is all about:
''Pinterest is a free website that requires registration to use. Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images—known as pins—and other media content (e.g., videos) through collections known as pinboards. Pinterest acts as a personalized media platform. Users can browse the content of others in their feed. Users can then save individual pins to one of their own boards using the "Pin It" button, with Pinboards typically organized by a central topic or theme. Users can personalize their experience with Pinterest by pinning items, creating boards, and interacting with other members. The end result is that the "pin feed" of each user displays unique, personalized results.''
You can access Pinterest of course online on the computer (duh! I know), or thru their app for smartphones and tablets.
I myself have created various boards and pinned many images that interest me and/or that wanted to use for my games. And since I've been playing more and more VTT sessions rather than tabletop, Pinterest is a great way to get those images and upload them to your VTT of choice and show my players what they encounter or their surroundings.
And you can keep things organized by as many categories as you wish. By settings (Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, etc), by item (monsters, buildings, maps, etc).
So go out there and start ''pinning''