|Thirty Fourty Sticks|
Thirty Fourty Sticks
We play on top of a hex/square battlemat and I was/am looking for a way to measure ranges.
Tape measures are nice, but they quickly become toys. Rulers are usually as wide as the miniature bases, they get in the way somehow. I wanted something that could be left on the mat and sneak between the miniatures.
The most frequent use case is "I move in that direction" and the "I" is a human character. That makes for a 30ft move (six quares) so I printed half a dozen of 30ft sticks to help me (the GM) and the players determine their max move for the round.
The 30ft stick also indicates the normal range of a javelin or a sling, and of a hand crossbow. Handy.
By using two 30ft sticks, one can determine the dash range of a human, or the move range of a horse.
The normal range of a dart, a dagger, or a hand axe is 20ft. I don't think it necessary to print 20ft sticks. I added a "hx/lh" at 20ft on the 30ft stick, I should probably change that to something simpler like "x".
But I printed 40ft sticks. Fourty feet is the speed of a dog or a wolf.
By lining two 40ft sticks, one reaches 80ft and that's the normal range of a shortbow or a light crossbow.
The 30ft and the 40ft can be combined.
Ftt for a heavy crossbow (normal range 100ft) and
FFFt for a longbow (normal range 150ft). But that usually falls out of the battlemat...
Each stick is labelled in feet on the top, in meters on the side, and in squares on the other side. The bottom is free of markings. The sticks are 5mm by 5mm thick. They are very light and are easy to move in and out of the setting. The 40ft sticks are handy as pointers as well.
I printed the 30ft sticks in bright color and I leave them in front of the players. The 40ft sticks were printed in black or grey and are left in front of the gm screen. The player mostly need the colorful 30ft sticks. The grey 40ft sticks are for encounters and ranges.
Here is a table with various ranges at low level.
F is for "fourty feet stick", while
T is for "thirty feet stick".
FFFt means 3 fourty feet sticks plus 1 thirty feet stick.
t-2 means 1 thirty feet stick minus 2 notches.
|human, elf, goblin||30ft||t|
|raven||fly 50ft||tt-2 :-(|
|ranges (normal, max)|
|Dagger||20ft 4sq 6m||t-2||60ft 12sq 18m||tt|
|Handaxe||20ft 4sq 6m||t-2||60ft 12sq 18m||tt|
|Javelin||30ft 6sq 9m||t||120ft 24sq 36m||FFF|
|Lt Hammer||20ft 4sq 6m||t-2||60ft 12sq 18m||tt|
|Spear||20ft 4sq 6m||t-2||60ft 12sq 18m||tt|
|Crossbow||80ft 16sq 24m||FF||320ft 64sq 96m||8F|
|Dart||20ft 4sq 6m||t-2||60ft 12sq 18m||tt|
|Shortbow||80ft 16sq 24m||FF||320ft 64sq 96m||8F|
|Sling||30ft 6sq 9m||t||120ft 24sq 36m||FFF|
|Trident||20ft 4sq 6m||t-2||60ft 12sq 18m||tt|
|Blowgun||25ft 5sq 7.5m||t-1||100ft 20sq 30m||ttF|
|Crossbow hnd||30ft 6sq 9m||t||120ft 24sq 36m||FFF|
|Crossbow hvy||100ft 20sq 30m||ttF||400ft 80sq 120m||10F|
|Longbow||150ft 30sq 45m||FFFt||600ft 120sq 180m||15F|
|Net||15ft 3sq 4.5m||t-3|
|spell ranges (cantrips and level 1)|
|0 Acid Splash||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|0 Chill Touch||120ft 36m 24sq||FFF|
|0 Dancing Lights||120ft 36m 24sq||FFF|
|0 Druidcraft||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|0 Eldritch Blast||120ft 36m 24sq||FFF|
|0 Fire Bolt||120ft 36m 24sq||FFF|
|0 Mage Hand||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|0 Message||120ft 36m 24sq||FFF|
|0 Minor Illusion||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|0 Ray of Frost||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|0 Sacred Flame||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|0 Thaumaturgy||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|0 Thorn Whip||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|0 True Strike||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|0 Vicious Mockery||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Alarm||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Animal Friendship||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Bane||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Bless||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Charm Person||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Chromatic Orb||90ft 27m 18sq||ttt|
|1 Command||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Compelled Duel||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Create or Destroy Water||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Dissonant Whispers||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Entangle||90ft 27m 18sq||ttt|
|1 Faerie Fire||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Feather Fall||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Floating Disk||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Fog Cloud||120ft 36m 24sq||FFF|
|1 Grease||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Guiding Bolt||120ft 36m 24sq||FFF|
|1 Healing Word||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Hellish Rebuke||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Hex||90ft 27m 18sq||ttt|
|1 Hideous Laughter||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Hunter's Mark||90ft 27m 18sq||ttt|
|1 Magic Missile||120ft 36m 24sq||FFF|
|1 Ray of Sickness||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Sanctuary||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Shield of Faith||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Silent Image||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Sleep||90ft 27m 18sq||ttt|
|1 Tenser's Floating Disk||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
|1 Unseen Servant||60ft 18m 12sq||tt|
|1 Witch Bolt||30ft 9m 6sq||t|
t-2 "twenty feet stick" might be worth printing, for now I'll try sticking to
t-2, using the "thirty feet stick" minus 1 or 2 notches.
And yes, you are right, one can cut wooden sticks at the right size and mark them to have even nicer whatever feet sticks.