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Props to the Prop Mistress

Posted in: Meta-gaming by Ariel on March 1, 2009

This is my favorite picture of Michelle.

This is my favorite picture of Michelle.

Michelle, our DM,  is quite crafty and in her “spare” time she makes some sweet props and terrain for our Wednesday game.


The “acid” in the picture is Flubber. If you ask Michelle, she’s tell you all about the compounds that go into making it. I know it has glue & Borax. And that the Borax has long arms that wrap around the glue molecules…… er, or something like that.

Michelle and Angel both have the Lego gene. So sometimes we have Lego NPCs and Lego monsters like the sea monster that almost ate Debbie’s character on her birthday. In this picture, the red-head, she’s one bad mutha.

Sometimes it's the simple things that make a difference

Being crafty also means that Michelle just happens to have loose feathers laying around to use for the Cathedral of Feathers!

For real. Potions.The purple liquid pictured is pure chemistry. Again, don’t ask me what she used but the flavor text in the Shackled City book says that two clear streams fall into the pool and the liquid becomes purple. And Ta Da! She made it happen.

Better living through chemicals

When two of the NPCs got married, Michelle made wedding cake. We had sparkling cider, cake and mingled with wedding guests. The mingling was very clever: Michelle put the names of dozens of NPCs on index cards. On the backside she put information that the NPCs would tell adventurers like us.

Those are strawberry peeps around the edges.

I’m grateful for Michelle and the time she gives to the game. I’m also grateful to all the Divas. Great props and no players would not work very well, either.


  1. Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is a common ingredient in drain opener. It mixes with protiens and oils to make soap. So things that are not usually dissolved in water can be changed to something that can be washed away.

    Phenolphthalein (one of my favorite words) is the active ingredient in Ex-lax, a laxative. This compound is also an acid-base indicator. It is colorless in acid and neutral liquids but turns bright (bright!) magenta pink in base.

    So, the next time you need a special potion do this:
    1. Grind up some laxative and dissolve it in 99% isopropyl alcohol, available in you local grocery store. Phenolphthalein is not soluble in water.
    2. Dilute some drain opener in some water.
    3. Mix the colorless liquid from step 1 with the colorless liquid from step 2 and voila you have bright magenta pink liquid.

    note: it would also work with other bases like baking soda or ammonia, but the baking soda doesn’t dissolve to a clear liquid in water and the ammonia smells funny .

    Comment by kaurophon — March 11, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

  2. Prop goddess it’s so funny and gets you into the game. 😀 You divas are amazing!

    Comment by Megan — March 11, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

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