How to Make a Reusable "D&D" Battle Grid

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How to Make a Reusable "D&D" Battle Grid
Some "D&D;" players use graph paper as a battle grid, which is not as immersive or interactive as a full-sized battle grid. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

"Dungeons & Dragons," or "D&D," is a fantasy role-playing game that relies heavily on imagination and luck. Most of the actions a player takes in the game are based on twenty-sided die rolls. The battle system is turn-based and requires some type of grid on which to place character markers, which are usually miniature action figures resembling your characters. You can purchase pre-made "Dungeon Tiles" to piece together a visually aesthetic battle grid, but it is very simple to build your own reusable grid with basic, inexpensive supplies.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Dry erase board
  • Permanent marker (ultra fine)
  • Ruler
  • Dry erase marker

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  1. 1

    Purchase a standard dry erase board, preferably at least 20 x 20 inches in size. It is always better to have as large a board as possible because this gives you more options for drawing dungeons of varying sizes.

  2. 2

    Mark off every inch along each edge of the dry erase board with a ruler. Measure very carefully to ensure that your lines will be straight after you draw them. Dividing the board into 1-inch squares is a typical method as the miniature figures tend to be based on 1-inch scales. If you are using custom figures or markers, you can make slightly larger or smaller squares.

  3. 3

    Draw straight horizontal lines across the board from edge to edge with a permanent marker, and then draw straight vertical lines until your board is a grid. Use a yard stick or thin piece of cardboard as a straight edge to guide your marker as you draw. Using an ultra-fine-tipped marker is best so that your dry erase marker lines are clearly distinguishable against the permanent grid lines.

  4. 4

    Draw a dungeon map on the grid with a dry erase marker, using the permanent lines as a guide for creating a neat floor plan. When you are finished with the map you have drawn, you can simply erase it and draw a new one without causing any damage to the grid underneath.

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