I don’ know about you, but after playing enough 4th Edition I quickly tired of throwing little bands of color on different figures to identify bloodied and marked conditions. There are several solutions around this, like Alea Tools’ magnetic markers, but they require rebasing miniatures. There’s the aforementioned rubber band solution, which is inelegant but easy. What’s surprising is that nobody’s created condition tokens…until now.
Each token is meant to be placed beneath the miniature, with a 1-inch square center. The tiles are ideally meant for square bases, but can fit circular bases easily enough. Edging the center tile is text in four directions along the border. Each of these conditions are also brightly colored and designed: bleed has blood spatter, confused is a panoply of colors, dead is black, etc.
The markers include a range of conditions from both 3rd and 4th Edition: bleed, blinded, broken, confused, cowering, dazed, dazzled, dead, deafened, disabled, dying, energy drained, entangled, exhausted, fascinated, fatigued, flat-footed, frightened, grapple, helpless, incorporeal, invisible, nauseated, panicked, paralyzed, petrified, pinned, prone, shaken, sickened, stable, staggered, stunned, and unconscious.
I have a few quibbles with this set. It seems the creators have a loose grasp on the past tense. “Bleed” should be “bloodied” because that’s the 4th Edition term and it fits the tense used with all the other conditions. “Grapple” is also guilty of this – it should be grappled. I’m not sure what condition “broken” is used for.
The other problem is that these tiles, while very useful, only work for medium-sized creatures. It’s possible to increase the size so that the tiles accommodate larger creatures, but it would have been a lot more convenient to include the entire range of sizes (or even offer them separately). Still, for two bucks you’d be hard pressed to find a better alternative.
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