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Torchbearer Props

Crafting. Making Things.

Some weeks it feels like the majority of the reason I play RPGs. As a kid, you could stick me in a room with a pair of scissors, roll of tape, stack of grocery bags, and I'd come out at the end of the day with a 3D model of Bowser's airship from Super Mario Bros 3 and a big smile on my face.


One of the things I did enjoy about Torchbearer was that there was plenty of opportunity for props. Conflict cards, equipment cards, status trackers, etc. Combined with the strong theme and great art of A Red & Pleasant Land, there was a lot to be inspired by.

Torchbearer Conflict Cards

Art is obviously Zak's from A Red & Pleasant Land. (Even if you never run the setting, you owe it to yourself to buy the hardcover just as a work of art.) Workflow here was something like: create playing card template in GIMP, "scan" images from AR&PL with my smartphone, insert into template, save sheets of cards as PDF, print them on cardstock, cut, darken edges of cards with black marker, put in card sleeves.

Equipment Cards

Art this time is mostly from Dark Souls 3 and Google Image Searches. Same workflow as before, except I ran all of the source images through the "Curly Hair" filter of the Prisma app to give them a consistent, hand-drawn look. Printed on a "natural" colored cardstock instead of plain white, which I think turned out nicer.

Turn Tracker and Referee Memo Sheet

More AR&PL art and GIMP work. Had this laminated so that I could use dry erase markers on it.

Cardstock Miniatures

A Red & Plesant Land is full of little character doodles in the margins. These made for terrific miniatures.

All credit for this miniature making method goes to Wyloch. His method is simple and gives great results. With the variety of miniatures you can make (any suitable piece of 2d art becomes an already-painted miniature), I'm not sure if I'll ever buy a 3d mini again.

Bases are 1-inch washers. Cheap and effective. If you're liberal with the hot glue when attaching the mini, it'll fill in the hole in the washer for you.

Conflict Mat and Light Tracker

I was always forgetting to keep track of what kind of light everyone was standing in. Made this and the miniatures to help with that.

Went to extra effort to match colors on everything: dice, miniature bases, card sleeves. Helped to keep track of what was whose, but also gave a nice, store-bought board game look to everything.

For those interested, I made artless templates for most of this stuff available here.

More (non-Torchbearer) props to come...

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