Tag Archives: Papercraft

Free Professional Papercraft Buildings

wotc_papercraftJust a short one today, to get myself back into the blogging mindset. Long before papercraft became a popular way to generate cool terrain for your game table, Wizards of the Coast put out a whole bunch of papercraft models, for free, on their website.

In fact, the archives of the D&D website is a really cool place to dig around. The maps archive, for example, has tons (literally tons. I weighed them) of great maps that you can use for inspiration, and that are of high enough quality to print out.

Back in 2003, they posted a bunch of papercraft buildings that you could print out and put together.  I tried a few of them myself back then, and it’s probably one of the things that initially gave me the terrain bug. They’re not perfect – there’s no printing on the insides – but if you’re looking for something to set the stage or create atmosphere, you could do worse. And they’re fairly quick to put together.

You can find the Wizards of the Coast “foldup paper models” archive here.

You’re welcome.

May Of The Dead: Papercraft Ghost Ship

As you know, this month Going Last is hosting the May of the Dead blog carnival. (You can click here to see the other articles, but not until you’ve read mine.) When they announced the carnival, one of the first things that came to mind for me was “ghost ship.”

This is actually an experiment that came to mind when I was making World Works Games’ (WWG) “Sea Maiden,” but instead I decided to try out someone else’s papercraft – I went with the “Sea Dragon” by Fat Dragon Games. The idea is this: instead of printing the ship out in full color, could you create a simple ghostly effect just by printing in black and white? Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: Papercraft Dragon Edition

This week, Wizards of the Coast posted a papercraft dragon on the D&D site. If you’d like to make one and display it on your desk, coffee table, or nightstand, here’s the link… just don’t take it in the shower with you. Below is the results of our efforts 

In this picture, I am moving his head up and down to make him talk. I swear that glass of wine has nothing to do with my behavior.

Do the characters in your game have no real connection to one another? Is “why are we adventuring together?” a question no one dares ask for fear that the answer will be a shoulder shrug? Try this exercise on the card provided at Some Space To Think this week.

Greyhawk Grognard posted his first impressions of Dungeon Crawl Classic. This is a new RPG system with a real old-school feel to it. If that’s something you’re hoping for in D&D Next, DCC might be a good way to get an early fix.

The new Charactergen blog had a good article on the power of “yes, and” and its nemesis “well, actually.” (Disclosure: F-bombs) You’ll remember we talked about “yes, and” in a recent article about quests.

RPG Musings posted some thoughts on what classes could look like in D&D Next. Some interesting thoughts on how “classes” might be more like “roles.”

Steve Winter posted a week’s worth of articles on the subject of random encounters at Howling Tower. They’re something that were eschewed in 3 and 4e, and may be making some kind of comeback in 5e.

Finally, Save Vs. Death posted their submission to the One Page Dungeon Contest, titled The Tears of Mother Pestilence. By the way, if you go to the contest page, you can find links to all the current submissions!

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Did Ya Miss It? Edition)

While this isn’t really the point of The Dungeon’s Master‘s article, I found the idea of having character “trees” in this article intriguing.  Does anyone else play with a stable of characters as opposed to one character?

RAWR! Lil' Flame is coming to get you!


DIY Area of Effect Templates

One of the greatest simplifications that 4th edition made to the game was making all areas of effect (AoEs) square. No longer did players have to take up precious game time going through all sorts of gyrations to figure out exactly which squares were affected by a fireball or cone of cold. Sure, there’s an element of simulation that is lost by making a fireball square, but in my mind, it’s a winning tradeoff.

This also makes DIY AoE templates a simple project that anyone can do. Compare this to days of yore when you needed a vise, needlenosed pliers, coated wire, a ruler, endless patience (and probably some other stuff I’m forgetting) to make a zone for your “Entangle” spell. Before I get into today’s project, let’s look at some common methods for marking off a zone or AoE on the battlemat. Continue reading

Merry Christmas and Free Papercraft!

Two days after Christmas, we know. But we figure that the shinyness of all your new stuff has worn off, so we thought we’d give you this freebie now. This year, our freebie papercraft is fairly simple. One of our Gamma World players came up with “pickup truck” for their starting gear, so we needed a way to represent that on the map. Of course, you could go for something 3D, but we decided 2D would be easier. We found this top down view of a rusty pickup that seems perfect. It should print out 2″x4″. The second papercraft is a nuclear reactor or a spaceship engine or some sort of energy generator. Basically anything you want it to be. Enjoy!


Happy New Year & a FREEBIE for all you Dark Sun fans!

When I posted the freebie trees for Christmas, it was brought to my attention that I neglected all you Dark Sun fans out there.  My apologies, and I hope that today’s offering makes up for it.  We have palm trees provided by the wonderful folks over at NintendoPapercraft.com, and some cacti provided by yours truly.

Palm Trees



P.S. – We’d love to see some pics of any of our papercraft in action…

Merry Christmas & a FREEBIE from the Misfits!

It’s Christmas come early around here.  We wanted to get you something nice, so here are some papercraft trees for your next wilderness encounter.  The pine trees were made by Quick Quests, and we thank them for allowing us to post the trees on our site.  Please take the time to check them out, their prices are very reasonable.  The Deciduous trees are a Misfits original, though the tree art is from Karen’s Whimsy. Just click the links below to start the downloads.

Pine Trees

Deciduous Tree

They’re our gift to you, so download and print as much as you want!  When things have wound down from the holiday, the files will find a permanent home in our downloads section, so they’ll be easy to find later.  Enjoy!

Decorate Your Dungeon

I know I’ve only made one installment of my Dungeon Accessories series, but I’m already taking a break.  Lately, I’ve been using my Hirst Arts molds to make a clone set of Dwarven Forge’s Rooms and Corridors set.  Unfortunately for you, that’s taken up most of the time I have for molding and building.  Plus, I only mold the pieces I need out of each mold, so there’s not a lot of extra pieces sitting around for me to play with.  I didn’t really think the “clone a set of Dwarven Forge” project warranted a post, since anyone can easily go to the DF site and see what the sets consist of.

I didn’t want to leave you high and dry, however, so let’s make a dungeon accessory that anyone can do, even if there’s no game or story mechanic behind it.

Rugs & Tapestries

It’s nice to be able to fill out a room with little details.  Since many dungeons were once castles, and some dungeons still house intelligent monsters, it’s fair to say that adventurers will come across rugs and tapestries in some of the rooms.  Hey, goblins like nice things too!

Lucky for us, the internet is rife with images of oriental rugs, and tapestries aren’t that hard to find, either.  I’m sure some of you see where I’m going with this.

  1. Do an image search for “persian rugs” or “oriental rugs” or “tapestries.”  When searching for tapestries, it helps to be specific about what kind of tapestry you want, e.g. “King Tapestry.”
  2. Download the images that you like, and open your favorite image editing program. (I use the free program gimp)
  3. Now, you’re going to want to shrink down the images to something that (roughly) covers a convenient portion of the map.  Most rugs are going to have a ratio of about 3″:2″ length: width once you’ve shrunk them, though you can probably also find some long hallway sized rugs as well.  Tapestries vary in their size, and as long as it’s not too tall for your room, you can make it any size you want.
  4. Print them out on cardstock, cut them out, and you’re ready to use them in your dungeon!
  5. I’ve found the best way to affix the tapestries to a wall is to use sticky tack.  Cheap and easy.  You can also do this to keep the rugs in place.

Other than mundane decoration, what can we use these items for?

  • To cover a secret door in a wall, or a trap door in the floor.
  • The tapestries may tell the PCs a story that ties some plot arcs together, or reveal the one weakness of the Big Bad Evil Guy.
  • The PCs have to arrange the tapestries in chronological order to trigger something (History checks, or leave the dungeon to do some research)
  • Anyone feel like designing an animated rug stat block for us?
  • Unweildy treasure.  The rugs or tapestries may be worth quite a bit, but are the PCs really willing to lug them around the dungeon?
  • One of the subjects in the tapestry is holding the magic item/artifact/quest item the party is searching for.
  • You could make the tapestries themselves into a quest: the PCs need to find several tapestries that belong to a set, but have been separated over time.
  • Two words: Flying rug.
  • What are your ideas?

Bonus feature! I’m offering a PDF of rugs and tapestries ready for you to print and cut out immediately.  Check out the downloads page to get it! What you get:

  • 5 Pages
  • 24 Oriental Rugs, different sizes
  • 8 Oriental rug runners (hallway rugs), different sizes
  • 34 Tapestries, including the famous “Unicorn Tapestries” Note: Tapestries are 1.25″ (33mm) high