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#28934
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
YAY Wife!

Good Choices - just don't forget a few 6" straight hallways to supplement!
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#28935
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
mshea,

Your choices are good and you will not be dissappointed. To be honest I loved the product when I had only 2 sets and I love it now that I have more. Either way I do not think you can go wrong. Enjoy.

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#28936
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
2x Room and Passage
1x Wicked additions 1
1x Floor Set

hmm.

you will get many floor pieces and not enough walls to put all the pieces on the table at one time.
If you really want to get a floor set, i would recommend a Wicked Additions 2 (cause of the 6" walls)
Passages are not as needed in my opinion, but if you like them it would be a tough choice.

i would suggest the following sets:
1x room and passage
1x wicked addtions 1
1x wicked additions 2
1x floor set

or
2x room and passage set
1x wicked additons 2
1x floor set

or
2x room and passage
1x wicked addtions 1
1x wicked additions 2

evil as i am ;) the best solution would be:
2x room and passage
1x wicked addtions 1
1x wicked additions 2
1x floor set
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#28937
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
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Mike (A new addict who doesn't want to rent a U-haul to play D&D)

Hrm, I found that renting a cargo van is a bit less expensive and uses less gas ;-)

Welcome aboard...

If I were to limit myself to three, I would personally recommend the Den of Evil stuff. 1 DOE Room & passage (upon restocking) and 3 DOE room sets.
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#28938
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
You have the right idea for limited funds. I get a ton of use outta the Fantasy floor set and wicked additions sets for my D&D dungeons. I've found that I don't always lay out the whole dungeon, but instead set up different key encounters or areas. The wicked additions sets along with the Fantasy Floors are ideal for this...

I have to agree with Aracon, the DOE stuff is a far more detailed product for the money. The DOE wicked additions is my MVP, with the raised platform and 2- 6"x6" floors. You may want to consider the DOE room and passages set, if you do alot of 'outter planes', 'arcane ruins' or 'Gothic' type of adventures. I'm running my campaign through Hell right now and the DOE stuff is superb for this!!!

1 Room and passages set (or DOE?)
1 Fantasy floor set
1 wicked additions #1
1 wicked additions #2 ( or DOE wicked additions (when available))

Either way, this set up will get you far for your gaming. Plus with the MBS you have the city adventures covered....
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#28939
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 3 Months ago  
I love the DOE sets... I just wish there were some 6" passages and 6" room walls sold separately. I think DoE is the way to go for a beginner because you may not see them (limited edition) in the future and you can always get classic dungeon sets when you pursuade the wifey to let you buy more....

"Honey, look! I bought you that a Cricut thing, isn't that great! Oh yah, when I was searching for that online to surprise you, I stumbled into a couple of Dwarven Forge items... ok well a couple cases..."
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#28940
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
I would forget the floor set. Go for
1x room and passage
1x wicked addtions 1
1x wicked additions 2
1x room
You don't have enough in 3 or 4 sets to do caverns. 30+ sets is a good start btw.
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#28941
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
I keep thinking 2 Room and Passage sets and 1 deluxe Room Set. Lots can be done with passages as part of the room itself. I remember getting all geeky with 2 of the R&P when the DOE was comming out...
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#28942
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
That works, too. I didn't buy DOE and probably never will. I probably won't buy the new one either. I would rather see more new sets of the originals myself.
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#28943
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 2 Months ago  
My wonderful and beautiful wife informed me, after much cajoling, that I can get four sets!

So now I am considering the following:

2x Rooms and Passages
1x Wicked Additions 1
1x Fantasy Floor set

What do you guys think?

Greetings Mike,

Welcome to DF... It is not madness, it is love... (Just ask any serial collector...*Smirk*...)

Anyway, I think you are on the right track in wanting to ID a few useful sets that will get you through some basic (and functional) DF lay-outs. Here are my thoughts, which are mine alone and are not meant to be taken as "The way to do it"...

- I really think that the passage pieces, while awesome in their own right, are the least important elements in small set-ups.

- Passage pieces are a little tricky to work with because (until ABS2) there are limited means of connecting them to your rooms.

- A few extra 6" walls can be used as passage pieces with a lot more flexibility because you can create wide passages very easily, and they can run right along side your rooms...This saves space on the gaming table.

- Fantasy Floors are beautiful. But, their usefulness with minimal extra walls (either extra 6" walls, or lots of the 2") is a bit limited.

- Room and Passage Sets are great add ons to larger collections, however, you are still getting relatively few walls, floors, and corners, which is what you really will use a lot of.

- Wicked Additions #1 is a really great set, as you point out, because of the pillars and stairs. I think including this set is a great idea.

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Taking these thoughts into account, I would suggest asking yourself a few questions about how you will be using your DF...

How much corridor are you looking for? Because in the final analysis the R&P set is kind of a starter for more expansive dungeon lay-outs.

Are you willing to use 2D cardboard or paper "Tiles" to fill in for either some rooms, or for your corridors? If so, the passage pieces can be made more flexible by allowing you to utilize some of your "Dead space" by placing 2D paper "Rooms" within them. Alternately, you can use 2D corridor sections to expand the overall lay-out, and keep your encounter areas separated.

Are you really planning on only ever buying the four sets that you are talking about now? Or, in your deepest soul-searching do you "Know" that you will be buying more in the future? In other words, you need some utilitarian sets to get started with and use for a while before decideing to invest more later.

How much space do you need for your encounter areas? Do you have a small gaming group with just a few party members, of lower level, who will be dealing with small numbers of opponants? Or are you dealing with larger parties, or higher level encounters where a lot of small minis, or a few larger minis will be in use?

These are just a few basic questions, and, likely, you'll have others yourself. But, in my less than humble opinion, I suggest asking these sorts things before you decide.

Also, I read that you were considering the possibility of minimizing your wall usage, and asked about leaving areas "Open" along presumeably one or more "Walls". This is totally doable, though to minimize confusion for your players I would suggest using something along those edges to visually cue them (and yourself) that there is a wall present. Books, Index cards (Folded lengthwise and tucked under your floors), Battle mats (with sections filled in with pen to define walls), Styrofoam, and many other items can be used to "Cheat" your walls.

Regardless, nothing looks quite as solid as a DF lay-out that is completely enclosed (as in having all of its walls).

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All of this having been said, I would go with a suggestion similar to Bravhearts, and something like this...

- (3) Room Sets. (Great basic set, no frills, but three of these will allow you to create a good selection of different lay-out sizes and shapes).

Remember, each of these sets contains:

- (10) Corners
- (13) 2" Walls + 1 with a secret door
- (12) Small 2x2 floors + 1 with a pit-trap/trap door
- (4) Doors.

So three of these sets would really offer a lot of possiblities for different room sizes.

- (1) Wicked Addition #1. (Also look around for E-bay or similar sources for buying some extra Collumns/Pillars. At one time these were available in sets of 6 or 8 individual pieces).

I know that you are limited to just a couple of sets (four actually), so you are going to want functionality before flash. If you can wrangle the extra money (and if you can find them), I would also suggest a few sets of the 6" walls. These are crucial for medium and large sized rooms.

Okay, so, and as usual, I have given a long-winded response, and would briefly close with this thought, Whatever you end up buying you will love. Regardless of how utilitarian or flashy you end up going, you--as a creative gamer and in partnership with DF's awesome artistry--will find solutions and make any of it work. And, finally, do not forget your existing MBS stuff. Those wooden floors can be used in interesting ways to jazz up the dungeon rooms you create.

So, success to you on your choices, and again, welcome to the fray...

vay' DaneHbogh yIchargh!
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#28944
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 1 Month ago  
So I've been using the dwarven forge sets for about two months now. I've got a weekly game that uses them quite a bit.

I've done different styles of games; some by having the whole dungeon laid out ahead of time. Some I've done by building the rooms as we play, building only the room we need at the time. This style seems to work well though it takes more table time and I might not get it perfect before we want to get playing.

The sets I got worked great but, after getting a raise at work, I've gone and bought the Wicked Additions 2 set for the extra walls, floors, mermaid statue, and other goodies. This should really push me to the point where I can build five rooms interconnected into one huge dungeon.

I love this stuff, and yes, the addiction has set in.
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#28945
Which sets should I buy? 6 Years, 1 Month ago  
heh heh heh. Congratz on the promotion! From past experience, the next thing in your future is to quit your job for someplace else to get a sign-on bonus to get more stuff NOW

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