Why Miniatures Enhance Your Game
I just read a blog post here telling about a new system of playing D&D without miniatures. The one thing I didn't really see a compelling answer for is "Why?" I'm not really seeing an advantage to not using miniatures and a battle mat. For many, gamers, the consideration is cost, more than anything else.
Let's not mince words here. Minis are seriously cool! I don't get the same thrill of fighting little tics on a piece of paper as I do when the DM drops a huge dragon on the battle mat. Maybe you feel the same
Use Miniatures... on the Cheap
There are a lot of ways to enjoy the advantages of gaming with a battle mat and miniatures, without breaking the bank. Here's some ways to enhance your gaming on a budget: www.creative-role-playing.com/article-mi...
Cheap/Free Battle Mat Solutions
Rather than spending $30+ on a battle mat, here are some ways to easily make a battle mat on the cheap: www.creative-role-playing.com/article-mi...
Use Tokens... Until You Can Afford Minis
Here's some inexpensive alternates to using miniatures while you're building your collection of minis: www.creative-role-playing.com/article-mi...
Don't Miss Out On the Full D&D Experience
If you're not using miniatures in your game, I think you're missing out on what your games could be. While I'd love to buy every mini available (my wife thinks I already have), we all have budgets to consider. Use the ideas in the links above to get started using minis without spending a lot, adding miniatures to your collection as your budget allows.
Learn to Paint and Customize Your Own Miniatures
If you'd like to learn to paint or customize miniatures to match your D&D character, consider giving this site a look: www.how-to-paint-miniatures.com/