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#30352
Jumping into DF sets 6 Years, 1 Month ago  
I've scanned through a number of forum posts on the subject, but it never seems to hurt to start another thread that lets people discuss how to spend other people's money. :)

I'm thinking about getting some sets for the office and am making lists of different possible combinations from which to choose.

For the MM set-up, I was considering:

Room & Passage Set x2
Room Set x1
Wicked Additions #2 Set x1
Wicked Additions Set x1
Advanced Builder Set x1


For a cavern system set-up:

Cavern Set x2
Cavernous Chasm Set x1
Cavernous Lake Expansion Set x1
Cavernous Lake Set x1
Cavernous Passage Set x1
Cavernous River and Walls Set x2

For an MBS:

Medieval Building Expansion Set x1
Medieval Building Set x2

Odds and ends:

Dungeon Accessories Set x1
Medieval Furniture Set x1
Tavern Accessories Set x1
Maybe some 6" passages and/or cavern floors, depending on which set(s) I end up going with.


These will most likely be used for fantasy roleplaying games as well as the occasional miniatures battle, I'm sure, so it's a toss-up between the "dungeon" sets and the cavern sets as for which would be most useful there.

Composition-wise, do these sets make sense? Do they offer good flexibility? Are there some individual sets that I should drop in place of others?

I've seen most of the individual sets in person, so in general I really like the look (like it enough that I pretty much ran past the booth at GenCon to avoid standing hypnotized for hours) of DF sets. My real hesitation is the MBS. Seems really repetitive to me. All those evenly spaced vertical lines, perhaps. I'll start a new post on "Any examples of how to make large MBS set-ups not look identical?" ;)
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#30353
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Good mixes, but I'll offer my 2cp anyway. I hope others with more building experience will as well....

For the vanilla MM, I'd say you need more 6" walls and maybe large floor tiles than you'll get in that mix. Also, how can you pass on the Fantasy Floor set? Nice stuff in there!

As for Caverns, I definitely say you need a 3rd cavern set for the curved and straight walls as well as the floor tiles. I'd also maybe opt for another Cavernous Passage set as I like twisting interconnected cavernous passageways but you can probably get by on one.

No DOE huh?
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#30354
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Hello All,

not bad for a good start if you plan on later on adding here and there. I would suggest if you are going to add water to river set 1 more river set and some blank water tiles. Maybe another cavern set also. Everything else is a great mix for decent sized setups. however I always used to run out of odd ball pieces when adding water to caverns.

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#30355
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I must agree with Harneloot... no Den of Evil? Or for that matter, the Fantasy Floor?

Otherwise, for the MM, I would also suggest the Narrow Passages. I use these pieces to represent pillars and other odd parts of rooms almost more than actual passages.

While I have limited Cavern sets, that mix seems pretty good to me. Also, from what I've seen of the MBS, it does not look as repititious in person as it does in the pictures. Not sure why that is, but I have made that curious observation.

The only real requirement is that you post lots of pictures once you get all those sets! :) That's a lot!! :)

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#30356
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No Sci-Fi??...
Sci-Fi needs some love!
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#30357
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I would suggest if you are going to add water to river set 1 more river set and some blank water tiles. Maybe another cavern set also.
Extra water tiles are tempting, although it for large areas of water it seems like there must be a better way. I saw a picture of someone here using shower sheet plastic to good effect, but we'll see.


No Sci-Fi??...
Sci-Fi needs some love!

Not running a sci-fi game, but thanks. :) To be honest, I'm not a big fan of that series anyway. Not my style of sci-fi, perhaps.

For the vanilla MM, I'd say you need more 6" walls and maybe large floor tiles than you'll get in that mix. Also, how can you pass on the Fantasy Floor set? Nice stuff in there!
Is there any way to get more large floor tiles that don't have the bowties? I'd buy that set of 6 6x6 floor tiles sans bowtie indentions. I won't bother adding my lament regarding individual piece purchases. Hehe.

Regarding the Fantasy Floors, I think they're pretty cool, but I'm not sure about their utility (and least on an "everyday use" basis). Still, tempting...

As for Caverns, I definitely say you need a 3rd cavern set for the curved and straight walls as well as the floor tiles. I'd also maybe opt for another Cavernous Passage set as I like twisting interconnected cavernous passageways but you can probably get by on one.
Hmm, that brings it up to twelve cavernous sets:

Cavern Set x3
Cavernous Chasm Set x1
Cavernous Lake Expansion Set x1
Cavernous Lake Set x1
Cavernous Passage Set x2
Cavernous River and Walls Set x3
Open Water 4x4 (set of 10) x1

$1500 just for the cavern system? And that seems to be the "minimum" from what you're all saying. Hmmm.

I must agree with Harneloot... no Den of Evil? Or for that matter, the Fantasy Floor?
Don't really care for the look of the DoE set. On the other hand, the new Ancients previews...nice stuff. :)


Otherwise, for the MM, I would also suggest the Narrow Passages. I use these pieces to represent pillars and other odd parts of rooms almost more than actual passages.
Interesting ideas. I was thinking that to make closets or other small nooks, the narrow end pieces would be pretty handy.

Also, from what I've seen of the MBS, it does not look as repititious in person as it does in the pictures.
I hope not, and maybe with a lot of interior work/models it will draw attention away from the exterior pattern.

The only real requirement is that you post lots of pictures once you get all those sets! :) That's a lot!! :)
Well, I didn't say I was going to get *all* of them. Ok, I'm leaning that way, but it gets harder to justify when everyone is saying "just add two more of this and one of that...oh, and two more of those" and no one says "you don't really need *that* set". ;)

Thanks for all the food for thought, folks, I appreciate it.
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#30358
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I'm thinking about getting some sets for the office
Where do you work and are you hiring ???? ;)

Kidding aside, I think you have a great list to work with.

I would also suggest adding the Fantasy Floor set to give you some classic dungeon "points of interest". It's a lot of flash for a decent price.

And, to that, I'd also suggest the 6" walls and corridors ... especially if you do get more of the large floors.

I know, the bow-tie / no bow-tie dilema is a tough one ...

... so let's all beg Stefan to finish up the Realm of the Ancients so he can go fill more bowties :D
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#30359
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Dang, the impression you guys are giving is leaving me a little intimidated about investing in DF stuff...

You are saying the lists that he has up are a good place to get STARTED???

He's got like $2500-3500 worth of stuff on there (not sure on exact amount, just taking a rough guess). I like the stuff and have been close to starting my investing in it, but that much money is WAY more than I think I could ever intentionally spend on this stuff, and you are telling him thats a good place to START? I'm struggling with the idea of spending $200-$300 on this stuff, let alone $2500-3500.

I'm not poor by any means, but seriously, having to spend that much money just to get started on it seems outrageously excessive.

Just out of curiosity...what office do you work at that they would allow for bringing in a bunch of gaming stuff? And why would they set aside that large of a budget for it - why not just spend a few hundred $$ and get one of the newest video game systems out there for the office? I know if I brought in a bunch of DF stuff into the office and tried to set up some gaming it would be a 1-way ticket to "No-Job-ville." I'm in a pretty relaxed office too (Nerf gun fights every now and again to blow off some steam).
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#30360
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I used to have my Dwarven Forge stuff shipped to my work because I didn't want UPS leaving the stuff outside my apartment. I remember gleefully opening packages and showing the stuff off to my co-workers, who thought it was way cool (and it is).

You don't have to invest thousands of dollars in DF to have fun with it, though I've spent over six grand and never regretted it for a moment. Mind you, that's been over the course of more than ten years, so it's been a few sets here, a few there.
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#30361
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Yeah, I agree with Kradlo - our comments about "a good place to get started" refer to the long term collector/player. At 2 - 3 sets per year ($200 - $350 depending on sets) for 5 years will net you 10 - 15 sets! Even if you only buy 2 sets every other year you'll still have a nice collection in 5 years...

Its also not that you can't effectively use it with only 2-3 sets - you certainly can! Just ask RustyBlade who only recently started collecting (and has only 4 sets I think...check his sig). Its more that once you start using it you often want more to do more and varied layouts. But again, just a few sets can work great. My first exposure to it was a game I played in where the DM had only 1 R&P set, 1 Room set and 1 WA set and he made lots of different set ups ofr us for more than a year and everyone was very satisfied and happy!
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#30362
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why would they set aside that large of a budget for it - why not just spend a few hundred $$ and get one of the newest video game systems out there for the office?
Already have those. ;) Tabletop games are often better for bringing people together, and it's never a bad thing to step away from video games to explore other types of gaming.

Just out of curiosity...what office do you work at that they would allow for bringing in a bunch of gaming stuff?
It's a game development company, so this isn't quite like buying a bunch of, oh, scrapbooking supplies for the office.

If you're planning to use it primarily for RPGs and will only build the current room/rooms your party is in, I don't see a "need" to buy heavily. Even one set (Room or Room & Passage?) would be fine, especially if you don't "need" to represent every feature, etc.
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#30363
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Thetang22,

I agree with Kradlo and harneloot. I started with an octagon room set, curved passages set, and R & P set. For a long time I had those 3 sets and would setup one room or 2 rooms at a time. Real nice. Then I bought a few more sets to have several rooms setup before the game, then a few years later I bought a few caverns... Then I decided to put together a yearly budget for gaming. Some folks drink, smoke, buy tvs, video games, cars whatever. I really do not do those things, I collect df. I have been collecting for 10 years next week. I started to collect when my wife and I moved out of our 1 bedroom apartment and I could setup a room in the other bedroom for gaming. Some years I collected more than others. The whole point is to purchsae what you can afford and to be honest with you a single R&P is good enough for Most/ if not All encounters IMHO.

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