Locator Wheels

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Details

  • Locator wheels tray base holds a map or other artwork that does not have a solution location marked. Players must turn the dials to numbers found in clues to reveal the secret location.

  • Reinforced cardstock construction allows players to grip and twist.

  • Dials snap into distinct positions when turned, like high-end stereo knobs.

  • Peering through the eyepiece gives a feeling of seeing something secret.

  • Includes art for stone, wood, or gears motifs, plus blank templates for you to edit.

  • Includes four examples of usage scenarios: map, crowd, gems, and gate.

DM: You find a treasure map.

Players: We go to the red X on the map.

DM: OK... that was too easy.

Maps can be great handouts for in-game clues. But, marking the location of treasure or secret stuff makes it too easy. And, not marking those locations means that the players need to figure out something that seems undefined.

The locator wheel prop is a fun way to add drama and challenge to the process of revealing a specific location on a map (or other artwork). The map fits into the bottom of the device. The large and small dials cover up most of the map, leaving a smaller and smaller focused area. The eyepiece further narrows it down to a small peephole showing one location. Players need to find clues as to how each dial should be set to solve the quest.

Materials

How to Make

Paper crafting difficulty: Moderate.

  1. Pay what you want for the templates at DMsGuild.com. You will also gain access to a Google Drawings that you can copy and edit.

  2. Select parchment, plain, or light-colored cardstock.

  3. Choose included art or customize with your own. Print at home. Make as many as you like.

  4. Follow instructions to cut out, fold, and glue.

Game Night Advantages

  • Add drama to plot points that require players to discover the location of something on a map.

  • Give a sense of discovery as players figure out how to use a mysterious device at the table.

  • Keep player's hands and minds on the game with a tangible prop that feels good in their hands.

  • Create a sense of secrecy by having one player at a time peer through the eyepiece.

Treasure long thought lost
Now awaits discovery
But wait, there's a twist