GM Screen - Portrait or Landscape


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I've been deliberating on which version of the GM screen to order.

What are the major differences? Is it just art & layout?

What will everyone be picking up?


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I’m buying the landscape one.
Looks like it’s only the orientation and art yes.


If I'm going to use it as a screen, landscape.

If I'm just going to use it as a reference document, portrait.

Odds are I won't be using it as either though, gaming primarily through my laptop.

However, since HeroLab is going online & subscription only, I might roll back to analog.


I have the portrait one for PF1 and it is too high for me to see over easily and I'm not a short person. I think landscape will work better as an actual screen.


I prefer landscape, they are shorter and there is less ambient shadow thrown on the interior of the screen from where the light is usually situated for me.

Be aware that we are getting an advanced screen early next year.


Thanks for the input! Looks like landscape may be the way to go.

The Gleeful Grognard wrote:


Be aware that we are getting an advanced screen early next year.

I hadn't heard about that - are there details somewhere for it? Do you know makes it 'advanced'?


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Frames Janco wrote:

Thanks for the input! Looks like landscape may be the way to go.

The Gleeful Grognard wrote:


Be aware that we are getting an advanced screen early next year.
I hadn't heard about that - are there details somewhere for it? Do you know makes it 'advanced'?

Pathfinder Advanced GM Screen (P2)

(slated for February release, but could also come out in January alongside the Gamemastery Guide)
Product description from another outlet wrote:
There can be a lot to keep track of while running a thrilling game of Pathfinder, but the right GM screen can make all the difference. This four-panel horizontal screen has a lavish illustration on one side and a wealth of useful charts and tables on the other, referencing a number of the advanced rules systems first presented in the Pathfinder Gamemastery Guide. This screen will help keep your secret notes and maps hidden from players, while making your job as GM simpler than ever!

So it's a screen containing the extra/alternative rules from the Gamemastery Guide.


There was also a GM screen as part of the Kingmaker Kickstarter, which will have kingdom building rules ... but that won’t be available for at least a year.


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Bardarok wrote:
I have the portrait one for PF1 and it is too high for me to see over easily and I'm not a short person. I think landscape will work better as an actual screen.

The struggle is real!

I might have even had difficulties with an old landscape one so there is no way I will get a portrait one


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I got the landscape one for PF2 in. It looks great but I will say it does take a up a fair bit of space when you have it fully opened.


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The Gleeful Grognard wrote:

I prefer landscape, they are shorter and there is less ambient shadow thrown on the interior of the screen from where the light is usually situated for me.

Be aware that we are getting an advanced screen early next year.

I'm waiting for the advanced one so I can have all those tasty tasty extra rules. My players love customizing things so i'm sure it will come in handy


GentleGiant wrote:


Pathfinder Advanced GM Screen (P2)
(slated for February release, but could also come out in January alongside the Gamemastery Guide)
Product description from another outlet wrote:
There can be a lot to keep track of while running a thrilling game of Pathfinder, but the right GM screen can make all the difference. This four-panel horizontal screen has a lavish illustration on one side and a wealth of useful charts and tables on the other, referencing a number of the advanced rules systems first presented in the Pathfinder Gamemastery Guide. This screen will help keep your secret notes and maps hidden from players, while making your job as GM simpler than ever!
So it's a screen containing the extra/alternative rules from the Gamemastery Guide.

That's what gets called "Advanced" these days? I was expecting something along the lines of Kenzer & Co.'s Hackmaster and Kingdoms of Kalamar GM shields, which were essentially books in the form of screens. They were effin' crazy.


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Landscape for the win.


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Landscape for me as well.
Now I'm just sad the landscape character sheet is gone...
Here is hoping they bring it back as well!

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