Recently I received an email from a reader who’d read over my CheapassDM segment on condition markers and decided to let me know about a solution he makes for similarly comparable price. He was kind enough to send me out a set for review and I’ve put em’ to the test for you!
The markers are aimed at being an Alea Tools alternative and do a pretty good job of it too. They are made from a soft, bendable foam like you would find at a hobby store and are about 1/10th of an inch thick, perhaps a little less as I didn’t actually measure. You get a buttload of colors and 110 markers in total for the 8$ he charges which seems like a steal, but are they worth it?
While running a test play session I found that the markers very easily adhered to one another when needing to stack multiple conditions and their circumference is only marginally larger than the base of a medium sized mini which kept them from feeling obtrusive. They worked well with tokens too and their lightweight/bendable nature made it easy to place on even some of the bigger minis with cramped or awkward bases. (Be sure to check the full image gallery below)
Even with 3 or 4 markers stacked up under a mini, the figure only stood about as tall as one would with a single Alea Tools marker beneath it. For the most part, the markers worked well when the mini on top was being scooted from place to place but if that wasn’t an option, picking up your mini also meant picking up the stack of markers underneath it as well. I found this a bit cumbersome, although no more than any other non-magnetized condition markers that use the mini’s base as its foundation.
The only other downside to these would be that the soft material they are made from can be easily stretched and disproportioned, which i quickly learned after my daughter got a hold of one – it now looks like an amoeba – with bite marks in it. If you don’t have rug rats though this shouldn’t be a problem, unless of course you’re playing with that guy. So in summary – great product for the price, you could probably make your own with supplies and a 1″ round hole punch but if you’re not crafty or just plain lazy like me I think they’re a great catch.
- No magnets, no repelling polarities
- No “flying” minis (markers are thin so figures stay close the the play surface)
- Foam-like material makes for easy sticking/stacking
- Work well with tokens also
- Markers do not stick to minis
- Soft material can damage somewhat easily
- What: 110 markers in 22 different colors (5 each)
- Where: DungeonWerksGA.com
- Why: You like 4e combat conditions to not be forgotten
- How (much): $8.50 (Free Shipping)
UPDATE: Correction – shipping is free!