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Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Screen Board book – August 19, 2008


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Product Details

  • Board book
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 4th edition (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786949279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786949274
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Hands down the best gm/dm screen I have ever seen.
Stewart W. Perkins
The good thing is, the chart which they fixed in the PDF file has the correct dimensions to print out, cut and tape onto the board.
Brian Heath
The art is great and finished in a nice gloss and the stock for the screen is quite thick and sturdy.
T. Renk

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Toon on August 19, 2008
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One thing I didn't realize until I got this screen is how thick it is. I'm used to heavy cardstock screens, but this one is built like the cover to a hardback book. Imagine a landscape (wide) oriented 4-panel screen built like the cover to your Player's Handbook and you're be spot on. It's even glossy.

On the downside, one of the panels is mostly wasted on things like XP charts which I'm unlikely to need in the middle of a game. I'd have preferred to see that panel used perhaps for summaries of area attack types (bursts, blasts, zones, etc.) Additionally, the default DC (Difficulty Class) for tasks in D&D4 has changed since publication, and this change didn't make it to the DM's screen. On the plus side, the errata is a nice printable .PDF you can cut out and paste on your screen. Won't be the first time I've had to do this (looking at my Call of Cthulhu Keeper's Screen.)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James T. Mcduffie on August 21, 2008
I was surprise when I first opened the packages for this DM screen, it's not just cardstock, it's the back of your players handbook cardstock. They said it would stop a dice being thrown and they were right!

The second benefit of it is all of the tables inside, and while I probably don't need the xp listings in the middle of a game, I do like how they have all of the status effects and standards DC checks all listed in a very easy to follow and find format. And while some people prefer the new DCs the errata has release (which did not make it onto this dm screen), personally I prefer the more difficult checks that were originally published (and are on my screen!).

Lastly the landscape format of the four panel wide screen is amazing, it makes it feel that your still apart of the table without cutting you off from your players. You can still see most of the dice rolls, and the action on the dungeon tiles (if you use them) without having to stand up every time something happens.

Overall, and by FAR, the BEST DM screen I have ever purchased, and for $9 it's a total steal!

That DM guy...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Shaffer on October 18, 2008
This is by far the best DM screen I have every seen. It breaks down all those little things that can happen during gaming and provides you with a basic description of what it does and where you can find it in the main rule books. The artwork isn't too bad either. If you game master, then you should get this screen for fourth edition!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kris Kent on April 16, 2009
Whats there to say, its got everything you need to keep the game flowing, and if theres a detail that you need to know, its got the page number next to it along with what book you need, brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Gough on July 23, 2009
Well, obviously it's lovely to now have a DM screen made of thicker, sturdier material, but the coolest change from old DM screens is the height! A DM can now sit in a chair and see over the screen to what's happening on the table! Wonderful decision there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lone Granger on September 29, 2008
This is by far the best screen I've ever owned and might only be surpassed by the customizable screens available. The screen is a 4 fold, landscape format made with thick cardboard that is laminated. The lamination is such that it can handle standard cellophane tape without marring the surface of the screen, which is handy for taping additions or corrections (q.v.). The inside contains lots of handy tables taken from the Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide and presented here for quick reference. The outside is a well-done piece of artwork.

I do have a couple nitpicks, that didn't keep me from giving this 5 stars. My screen arrived very stiff such that it felt like I was ripping it apart or pulling at some adhesive. It's also a little annoying that the skill DCs were modified in the errata after this product was already sent to the printer. However, I've already printed out and taped over the old table since the lamination protects the screen. I've also taped over part of the standard XP chart with a list of defenses for the PCs in my game, since I typically don't need the XP chart in game. I think they could have found something else to go there, but maybe some people will end up using the screen during their preparation time.

I definitely think my money was well-spent on this product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stewart W. Perkins on February 8, 2009
Hands down the best gm/dm screen I have ever seen. It is the most durable cardoard screen possibly ever printed, the art is nice, the tables are useful and best of all it is built in a landscape (read: sideways) style so that it isn't super tall. This gives the benefit of not having to get up every 10 seconds to look at the players/table/rolls/minis etc. Great screen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Pimentel on October 16, 2008
The style and material of screen are so great. In my old game sesions, the screen of 3.5 edition always fall down with wind. The orientation of this new screen, avoid it. I recommend.
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