I have not given the book a thorough read-through yet, but I plan to do so during my June vacation. :)
One part that clicked for me was the use of wooden blocks as scenery. Here's an example pic:
I've recently dug through several boxes of wooden blocks in my garage and I've liberated some blocks for use in my games. Here's a pic of the "block box":
I haven't decided if I'm going to paint them yet. I guess I'll just need to see how they work out in play.
Some of the blocks are tall and relatively thin. I think they'll make fine pillars. Other blocks are more "wall like" and I think they can be used effectively to give more dimension to battles. There are also some blocks that will be fine stand-ins for doors. Others for altars. Some odd pointy ones for who knows what. There's a cone and pyramid in there somewhere too.
I've had these blocks a long time. I think I got them years and years ago when I was in college to be an elementary school teacher.
I don't get any commissions off these links, but to save you the trouble if you are thinking of buying some blocks....
http://www.amazon.com/Maxim-Natural-Wood-Blocks-100-Pieces/dp/B000JUTX3G -- $16.99 -- these are natural wood
http://www.walmart.com/ip/KidKraft-Wooden-Block-Set/15135626 -- $15.98 -- these are part natural wood and some are painted...
This is an expensive set, but Wells and Chesterton would be proud!
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Guidecraft-Tabletop-Building-Blocks/12388509 -- $46.20 -- here's a pic:
Here's a set that intrigues me. Called "vari-design" these are funky shapes like urns, pillars, spheres, eggs, etc.
Also, here's a post about using blocks to map a DUNGEON ADVENTURE FOR KIDS! Cool pics over there too! Check it out!
Enjoy your blocks and enjoy LITTLE WARS!
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