Folds what kinds of things? Well, I have discovered cardstock modeling.
This actually came about for mundane business reasons. Or as mundane as any business reasons can be in a business where a bag of plastic eyeballs is a legitimate business expense. GnomeCon is in a couple of weeks, and I always try to have something interesting and different at the booth. I had the idea of some kind of 3D display showing some of the places in a typical setting that TableMaster could be used to describe. After dorking around with ideas for a while and making no headway, I picked up some of the E-Z Dungeons PDFs from Fat Dragon Games on DriveThruRPG. I printed … cut … folded … and now I’m addicted.
So what can you do with TableMaster and a bunch of little cardboard foldy things?
Right now, sitting on my desk, there is a tiny altar (with bloodstains), a bookcase, and a fountain. There is a TableMaster table, mostly in Fantasy Table Pack 2, for each of them.
The Books in Fantasy Table Pack 2 table will generate all the books you need to stock that bookcase. Amid all the dozens of mundane books, a spellbook created by the Spellbooks table in the basic tables would be hard to spot.
There is also an Altars table in Fantasy Table Pack 2. Just roll up a dozen or so altars in a moment, ignore the descriptions since you already know what it looks like, and apply whichever set of effects you like.
There’s a Fountains table, too. After all, that fountain can contain a lot more than plain water. Writing that table took me back to the days of text adventure games.
In a bag, I have an assortment of pit traps for the floor. (those were easy to cut out!) Naturally, there’s a table for those, too.
I’ll admit, I’ve been intimidated up until now by the whole idea of card modeling. That, from a miniatures painter who scratchbuilds terrain. It’s just that with a mini, or a plastic model kit, you have a thing. You might need to connect various pieces to make it a more elaborate thing, but that thing is there. With a card model, you have a flat piece of paper, only different in image from what it looked like a few seconds ago when you put it in the printer. And that is supposed to turn into a castle? So I never got started, beyond assembling the little cardboard buildings that came with various miniatures games over the decades.
Well, I’m not quite up to castles yet. But I’m certainly going to have a nice display at GnomeCon, showing ways to use TableMaster in a typical dungeon room.