D&D4e Review: Dungeon Master Screen
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Review: The Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Dungeon Master Screen
When I opened the package, the new DM screen surprised me. At the game store, my perception check revealed a somewhat weighty and rigid product in plastic wrap. Unable to peer inside, I assumed the screen was padded with cardboard inserts and a small booklet to give it substance.
However, at home I discovered to my delight the screen was the only thing inside, and the panels were thick! Finally, a screen solid enough to repel player-thrown dice, insults, and, dare I say, red dragons. Ok, maybe just one red dragon. Ok, one young red dragon.
The DM screen has four joined panels, which is fantastic. The screen is solid and stable thanks to the panel count. I’m not sure of the technical join type, but it seems like the screen will take a lot of abuse and the panels will not come apart easily. In addition, it seems like a lot of bending won’t cause frayed seams, like previous screens were prone to.
The feature I like best about the screen is that all four panels sit in landscape orientation. The 10 ¾” sides rest on the table. This gives the screen a wonderful, low profile. Tall screens that I own are sometimes a pain because I can’t see over them when sitting in a low chair and using a high table. A low screen also makes passing notes and reaching for minis and snacks much easier.
Here’s a listing of the information contained on the screen:
- Experience Point Rewards
- Food, Drink, and Lodging
- Light Sources
- Damage By Level
- Character Advancement
- Actions In Combat
- Attack Modifiers
- DCs To Break Or Burst Common Items
- Target DCs
- Fall Severity By Character Level
- DCs For Commonly Used Skills
- Rolling Attacks and Checks
- Healing a Dying Character
- Death and Dying
I’m giving the D&D 4E DM’s screen a thumbs up. A nice touch is page numbers sprinkled throughout the tables so you can reference the rules quickly for a certain table type or statistic. Oh, and I just tested and the screen is very Post-It friendly. Stationery fetishists around the globe will weep in joy.
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