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#20287
A good way to start collecting 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
Hi,
Just got into collecting DF stuff. Have started backwards and gotten the Den of Evil stuff first. Mainly because that really grabbed my attention when I checked out the webpage.

Also picked up some sci fi starters because unfortunately I can't stick to one genre at a time :)

However, my question to all the wizened elders of the forum is what does everyone suggest as a good starting point to collecting?

Is it better to go sets? Individual pieces? And if so, which pieces/sets?

I know it would probably be related to the type of gaming one does, but the way I look at it, I will eventually end up totally broke and buying most of the stuff anyway, but where to start first for maximum effect? :)

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#20288
A good way to start collecting 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
Welcome.

Personally, I'd recommend getting sets. Fantasy Rooms & Passages, either Caverns or Cavernous Rivers & Walls, and/or Medieval BuildingS, as a start.

When you use the sets you have, take note of what you are missing -- every time you say, "Wow, I could really use _____," write it down. Then buy the set(s) that contain the most of what you need. (Or, if DF doesn't actually make it, see if there is a thread in the forums about similar desires, or start a thread of your own to suggest/explain what you hope to see someday.)

Individual pieces are good for rounding out your collection, or filling gaps when the pieces you need are available for sale as single pieces, but I think you'll get more value with the sets.
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#20289
A good way to start collecting 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
Sets are better value than individual pieces and usually, (DoE excepted, in my opinion) have the right ratio of piece 'x' to pieces 'y' and 'z' so no headaches when you set up your first rooms/dungeons.

I like to save up and buy multiples of whichever sets take my fancy. This enables me to take advantage of deals (usually along the lines of buy 3 of these sets and get 'x' extra pieces or discount) and also enables me to have all the fun of obsessively checking the DF web site and this forum every other and get excited about imminent releases.

Dave :)
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#20290
A good way to start collecting 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
here is a link ( in french and with photos ) that show you how start with DF


www.dwarvenforge.info/dwarven%20forge/debuter/debuter.htm

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#20291
A good way to start collecting 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
Den of Evil is an exception in that it's a limited edition; once it's gone, it's gone forever. So I think you did well to grab it while you could. Other than that, collect the sets that you know you'll use, and then let your creativity guide you.

Some have a vision in mind, and pick up the sets that will let them create that vision. Others pick up the sets, and play around with the pieces to find combinations that they like. Both approaches can work.

Which ever path you choose, enjoy!

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#20292
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I just started as well and am sticking purely with cavern right now. I bought LOTS of cavern sets rather than some of lots of different kinds of sets - now i have all the cavern peices i need (at least that is what i am trying to convince myself of ;-) and can build just about any huge cavern complex i can dream up.

Next, i think i am going to get into MBS...

This is turning out to be an even worse (more expensive) addiction than plasticrack!!!
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#20293
A good way to start collecting 7 Years, 12 Months ago  
lupus Welcome to the few, the proud the Sci-Fi purchasers!

My suggestion is like what others have said buy what you will use. I was running a Star Wars game, and that game is what got me into buying DF even though i have known about if for proably 7-8 years of it's 10 year history. While the stuff looked good it wasn't untill Sci-fi and a desire to add that extra depth (3D) to my games that made me buy it.

But while i am a strong supporter of the Sci-Fi line, i must admit Caverns is a VERY useful set becuase it works equally well in Sci-Fi or Fantasy, just about anything that goes in or under the ground can use Caverns. But no matter what i would say buy a set of what intrests you, and see what you use and don't use, then round out with more of that. Seprate indy bits can be very nice to round out a collection, but become expensive to try to get everything with just individual buys, take jackattack's idea ( i had a similair approach) that when i was setting up stuff and i realized i wanted more of X i sat down and figured some where better to get in a full set, and others where better as individual bits becuase the combinations i wanted couldn't be done with out getting loads of what i didn't want at the time.

But what ever you do, hae fun, and BUY SCI-FI... ;)
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#20294
A good way to start collecting 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Thanks one and all for the various suggestions and warm welcome :)

This stuff is amazingly addictive. Have unpacked my Sci Fi starters, which arrived last week and have come up with some set ups already. Can't wait until the DoE wicked additions arrive :)

So much stuff and so little money!! :)

Will follow everybody's suggestions and pick stuff up as I need them, going with box sets first and then rounding up the collection with individual pieces as needed.

At least xmas is coming up and I will have some spare cash to order more goodies :)

Oh yeah, and Ghenghis, I intend to pick up more Sci Fi.....although do you have any sugggestions with regards to 'furnishings' for sci fi. I notice that DF has furniture and dungeon dressing sets for fantasy. Any stuff for sci fi? Or do you have any suggestions? I would prefer to avoid cardboard kits if possible.

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#20295
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lupus,

THAT'S an ongoing debate. Several of us here have been harassing Stefan & Jeff for sci-fi furnishings for decades (well, a year or two, anyway), and it looks like we MIGHT be getting them next year. Or at least, it sounded like Stefan was talking about them for the Sci-Fi Gamma set in 2007. No confirmations yet, but we keep hoping.
Actually, Grendel and JK both make some pretty good sci-fi furniture and accessories, but they are relatively expensive, must be painted, and don't exactly fit DF setups. But, as you mentioned, they ARE better than cardboard!

Again, welcome to the insanity; we're wacko, but mostly harmless. And we DO have fun here!

See ya!

Jim
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#20296
A good way to start collecting 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Jkratzer,
Thanks for the heads up. HOpefully we will be seeing some interior stuff for the sci fi with the next expansion :)
Only picked up my first lot of stuff about a week ago and have already sprung for more sci fi stuff off ebay. So far, have 3 starters and 1 passages. Will have to fill up with other stuff now :) Just gotta save up for the shipping and handling :)

Tom,
Sorry I didn't reply. Although that webpage you posted was in french, the set ups were amazing and gave me a better idea of what I needed. Many thanks for the page :)
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#20297
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The Grendel (now Megaminis?) was covered, but Megaminis also recently bought the old Armorcast stuff, so hopefully we will be seeing some of the old Sci-Fi models from that some time soon. And not sure if Megaminis got the old Nexus stuff (it is very different in style, which i like becuase i can use it for a different civilization). But some of MM's own Modern stuff isn't bad, and they also carry Fenryll which has some Sci-Fi themed items.

JR miniatures (i think that is who jkratzer ment) have some decent stuff. The beds aren't bad, I really kind of like that Reactor core as a big item, and the battle planning station to name a few of the ones i like.

Alpha forge games, is a company that produces a game called 'Star Mogul: Distant Worlds', and some of the bits, namely the "Salvage Cargo haul" has kind of intreged me as some interesting bits but i haven't gotten anything yet.

There are few more, Ainsty, which was bought by Old Crow Models, has some decent items in the base camp line, but it is slightly out of scale (it's mm not Inchs so some stuff doesn't mach up).

There is also a UK company called Antenociti's Workshop, that makes some interesting little add on bits I really like the Command Station.

Also Wizkids who made Mage Knight and make HeroClicks have some terrain for Herroclicks that can work (bookcase, computer, desk etc)

And Ground Zero Games makes a few things in the STARGRUNT line under ACCESSORIES & SCENICS 25MM.

That's all i can think of off the top of my head besides DIY and paper stuff.
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Classes of the Old Republic
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#20298
A good way to start collecting 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
GS -

Sorry guys, you're right; it IS JR minis, not JK (That's ME!). And yes, I have their battle planning station table, although I haven't painted it yet. I figure a 'glow in the dark' undercoat on the top (the old Armory paint) and a clear blue top coat from Tamiya or Testors Model Masters Acryl will give that holographic table a real fine look!

See ya!

Jim
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