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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian27 Aug 2016 9:25 a.m. PST

What is your favorite device for measuring distance on the tabletop?

* ruler
* yardstick

Dale Hurtt27 Aug 2016 9:31 a.m. PST

A grid.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2016 9:35 a.m. PST

Measuring Stick.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut27 Aug 2016 9:38 a.m. PST

Retractable measuring tape. Also good for mock swordfighting.

TMPWargamerabbit27 Aug 2016 9:47 a.m. PST

Retractable tape measure terrain textured to match the tabletop so it isn't seen in the game photos…. unless you really look for it.

Mako1127 Aug 2016 9:57 a.m. PST


Skeets Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2016 10:01 a.m. PST

Retractable measuring tape

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2016 10:06 a.m. PST

If there are any bridges on the table, a Smoot.

Dynaman878927 Aug 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

Hex Map

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2016 10:49 a.m. PST

My planck length stick.

Goes all the way up to 6.25 10^34 planck lengths

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2016 10:51 a.m. PST

Tape measure or those playing aids for FoG.

21eRegt27 Aug 2016 10:57 a.m. PST

Measuring stick for all the basic moves and shooting ranges, with a metal tape measurer in handy reserve.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2016 11:28 a.m. PST

Tape measure for long distances, ruler for short.

keithbarker27 Aug 2016 11:47 a.m. PST

Kallistra hexes

Cmde Perry27 Aug 2016 12:12 p.m. PST

retractable tape measure for longer sorts of distances (> 1ft.);
tailor's tape (with both 'merican and metric) for movement and maneuvers less than that. The tape is especially handy for correctly measuring pinwheels (sorry, marching band term)

MajorB27 Aug 2016 12:31 p.m. PST

Depends on the game and the specific rules in use.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2016 1:09 p.m. PST

Tape measure for long distances, ruler for short.

wrgmr127 Aug 2016 1:54 p.m. PST

Specifically cut measuring wooden sticks, for movement rates of units.
Otherwise tape measure.

Russ Lockwood27 Aug 2016 2:53 p.m. PST

Old MagWeb ruler…inches on one edge, mm on the other, fully bendable.

shelldrake27 Aug 2016 3:26 p.m. PST

If a game has movement rates that don't change I use specifically cut measuring sticks, otherwise a tape measure.

Timotheous27 Aug 2016 3:40 p.m. PST

The Short, Medium, and Long sticks for Ganesha Games rules. A triumph of simplicity in wargames design.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2016 4:32 p.m. PST

Tape measure for long distances, ruler for short -- sometimes yardstick for medium.

zoneofcontrol27 Aug 2016 6:02 p.m. PST

Retractable tape measure in inches.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2016 10:34 p.m. PST

Custom made white and red measuring sticks reminiscent of artillery stakes.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

goragrad27 Aug 2016 10:49 p.m. PST

Skewer/measuring stick or tape depending on game and scale.

jfleisher Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2016 6:07 a.m. PST

Laser rangefinder mounted on my scary black semi-auto rifle…

Black Hat Miniatures28 Aug 2016 11:15 a.m. PST


Mick the Metalsmith28 Aug 2016 12:55 p.m. PST

A beat up piece of coat hanger

mumbasa28 Aug 2016 6:44 p.m. PST

command caliper

Wulfgar28 Aug 2016 7:15 p.m. PST

Measuring sticks painted thematically with matching dice.

John Treadaway28 Aug 2016 11:21 p.m. PST

Hexagons or – failing that – a metal expandy ruler in metric and imperial.

John T

normsmith01 Sep 2016 5:00 a.m. PST


Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2016 11:46 a.m. PST

Slide rule and a 5 inch ruler

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