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Whiterook
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  Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Mon, 05 November 2007 19:06
Growing up in the Avalon Hill generation, I can still open a few of them beauties and find that crumpled up and tangled black thread I swiped from Mom's sewing kit, in order to check Line of Sight (LOS) hex to hex.

In this more modern age, I would like to suggest a cool little tool that I use (and perhaps, others have already discovered):

I work in an office building (ohhhhh Joy!) where we wear these happy little security badges. When this became our new stylish embellishment to our wardrobe, the security goons issues metal chains much like those used in the old claw foot tub days to hold the drain stopper...real fashionable. Next came lanyards of varying degrees of style and panache. One day I noticed in a gift shop, at a hospital of all places, a Patriots (ahhh, my beloved 9-0 Patriots!) retractable badge lanyard. Basically, a thick string that retracts into a small holder that clips to your belt (much like a tape measure).

Line of Sight tool!!!! Works great!!!!! Very Happy

I use it on all my hex-board games.
      
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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Mon, 05 November 2007 20:16
I use a small laser level... it casts a line, not a dot... you just hold it up and shine the line where you want it...

      
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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Tue, 06 November 2007 01:12
I've always used a piece of string. It is cheap, doesn't use batteries, and doesn't take up a lot of room in your box. Cool
Although I do think the high tech solution is cool, but its more expensive. Sad
      
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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Tue, 06 November 2007 04:42
I still have 30 year old rubber bands in many of my old AH games, the big long ones that we cut for los are still in there but are not as streachy as they once where...

and the cheapo lazer level was 8 bucks!!!! and you can get them at almost any hardware store. I used to spend a lot of time at Home Despot...
      
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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Tue, 06 November 2007 11:46
Randwulf wrote on Mon, 05 November 2007 22:42

I still have 30 year old rubber bands in many of my old AH games, the big long ones that we cut for los are still in there but are not as streachy as they once where...


Ah, you may want to take care there. Rubber degrades over time and has a tendancy to adhere to whatever it is in contact with. I had some in a game (Naval War) to bind the playing cards together. It took a while to remove the rubber band bits off the cards and did leave marks on them.

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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Tue, 06 November 2007 12:31
Randwulf wrote on Mon, 05 November 2007 19:16

I use a small laser level... it casts a line, not a dot... you just hold it up and shine the line where you want it...




that sounds so cool Razz how big is it Question
      
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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Tue, 06 November 2007 15:55
small torpedo level... about 4cm tall 20cm long and about 2-3 cm thick... has the laser in one end and battery in the other...

the laser and battery are about the size of a big pen all encased in the level housing...
      
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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Tue, 06 November 2007 15:56
nice one randwulf Razz
      
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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Tue, 06 November 2007 16:39
Roob - you can actually get them cheap in the UK as well. I've seen them in hardware stores like 'Robert Dyas' for £4 and you can get them on eBay as well for similar.
One of the guys in our group showed up with one a few weeks after I had spotted them - I think he was going to use it for Flames of War.

I was thinking about one if 'Tide of Iron' showed up regularly at our group as I though it might be overkill (but in a very 'guy' way) for Memoir due to teh board being much smaller and you only normally firing over three hexes.

But we may be playing 'Wings of War' a bit more as well - and that would defintely solve any arguements about being in the firing cone in that game, so maybe I'll get ma self a new tool. Twisted Evil
      
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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Tue, 06 November 2007 16:43
ah nice one anzac trooper i was thinking for my futuer wars stuff thers a robert dyers at the top of my street Razz Cool

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Re:Line of Sight Tool Suggestion Tue, 06 November 2007 18:57
Wow, now the laser level IS real high tech for what we're talking about. Very cool, Ranwulf!

The retractable badge lanyard is also a very cheap fix, I just want to add...a little over a dollar. I'm seeing them crop up more and more in the stores. And doesn't take up much room, as they're about an inch and a half square or round. If you're still into the string-thing (or rubber band, as the case may be), this is a no-brainer. The laser level brings it to the next level (pun intended!) Laughing

Guess, I'm going to check out the hardware section on my next trip to the store, and take a gander.
      
    
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