Status Markers

What's the point of status markers? Sanity. They are tokens to represent various status effects during combat and are placed under dungeons & dragons minis and tokens. It makes things go very smooth when both DM and players can at a glance tell when the 14 orcs are fighting the party of 6 that 5 orcs are Charmed, 3 are Baned (2 of which are also part of the 5 that are Charmed), and of course, everyone is running around...you see where this is going.

 

There are some really cool premade magnetic status tokens with stickers over at Alea Tools to indicate status effects and monster numbers, etc. but it seemed cost prohibitive (~$0.50/token) personally and I would also rather 

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Keeping track of who are under different effects has never been easier.

get just the colors I want. If you want to go the magnetic route then they are your people. I was able to create my own for the fraction of the price per token.

 

Supplies

Notice: Although I try to update all of my links & prices at least once a month, Amazon sellers may change or remove the particular items or prices since the time they have been listed here. The items I have listed are the best that I have found at the time, but any item matching the general description should suffice for this project.

 

I've broken these down by size and then by part. In addition, I have added the keywords I used to find these items if you want to do your own searches or in the event that the seller has changed/removed the item listed below.

 

  • Craft acrylic paint set $9 - They cannot be oil based or they will streak horribly. You will only need a dab or 3 of paint per token. Walmart & Michael's have had some killer deals as well

    • Keywords: craft acrylic paint set

 

  • Paint brushes (optional) $5 - I simply preferred one a little thicker than what came with the paint set

    • Keywords: paint brushes

 

 

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Process

  1. Figure out all the different status effects you actually need & what colors would represent them. For example, in my game I have: 

    • Red = Hunter's Mark

    • Orange = Paralyzed; Hold

    • Yellow = Negative status effect; Bane / Fear

    • Dark Green = Positive status effect; Bless

    • Light Green = Poisoned, Poison

    • Blue = Flying; Fly

    • Purple = Mind magic; Charm / Confuse

    • Brown = Impeded movement; difficult terrain, Slow

    • White = Invisible; Invisibility

    • Grey = Cursed; Bestow Curse

  2. Figure how many you may generally need on the field at one time. Charm affects multiple creatures but statistically will never affect every single creature at once in the AOE.

  3. Paint the edges & let dry for 30-60 minutes.

  4. (Optional)  Paint the top as well & let dry for 30-60 minutes. It's a lot easier to ID when it's laying around not in use.

  5. (Optional) Draw the symbol of the effect on the top.  For me, this helps to remember the type of effect the color represents after a break from gaming.

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