After the jump I've included the instructions and materials list of how you can make your own elevation or depth marker similar to mine. I'll also show you some alternative methods to indicate height or depth if you don't want to go this route. Though these elevation markers are some nice gamer bling that your players will absolutely love.
Speaking of gamer bling, I also want to point you to another elevation marker system by one Walter C. Napiorkowski, who sells the Dr. Wizard's Patented Elevation Indicator on the Emerald's Emporiums website. Walter is the inventor, and patent holder, of his elevation marker which uses an laser etched acrylic rod and some colored elastic bands, similar to hair scrunchies. After some initial concerns with my elevation marker (parties associated with Walter jumped the gun and sent a cease and desist order to me thinking I was selling my elevation or depth marker, which i'm not) were put aside, he explained the process of how he came up with the marker and the materials he uses. Those materials are why it commands a premium price of $10. I have to agree, as Walter uses premium and durable products in his construction of his device. Walter uses
|using ROYGBIV (I don't have orange dice)|
wavelength = height or depth
you just use one for a generalized indication
Red is highest/lowest etc.
|d10s under a mini dice box|
|final height or depth marker|
(63 units, the thousands, pink
and the hundreds, yellow
markers left off)
|Click on image for number template|
print on transparency at 300dpi
(hint practice on real paper first)
cost (see below)
|Dice Game Box, its a little big|
(this one is 1.25 in x 2in tall)
cost 1box @ $1.15
|cotton balls or other "stuff" to insert into the cube|
to create a desired effect.(air/water/fire/etc.)
cost 2 cotten balls @ $0.01
|used to secure your figure to the dice box|
cost 1 @ $0.40
|color cord, this is a plastic-y type of cord|
typically found in the kids craft section
its somewhat stretchy and used to make
cost 4 bands @ $0.02 total
|after printing out the transparency you slightly "score"|
the lines and then fold them, if you did this correctly
they will fit perfectly inside a 1.25 mini dice box that is 2in tall.
cost is $0.10
|storing the gekko dots into the base when not in use|
keeps em clean. if they do get dirty just run them
under water like those ole wacky wall walkers then
you can reuse em!
|gekko dots hold surprisingly well and leave no residue!|
|After folding just slip the transparency into the dice box.|
|Followed by some cotton balls if the figure is flying if|
you so choose or leave clear, up to you! You can also
print out a water texture or use other things for various
Thats all there is to it! As you can see you can use a variety of items to indicate elevation if you need to do so, the added gamer bling is always appreciated by the players as long is its not too fussy to use and allows them to better "imagine" the activity involved!
Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!