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#34256
Some questions - considering purchasing 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
I've been thinking about buying some Dwarven Forge products to accompany my new 4E D&D campaign, but I have a few questions that I wanted to ask before taking the plunge. I figured this would be the place to ask.

1) The room corner and wall pieces in the fantasy set seem to only have half squares adjacent to the walls. How does this play out in-game? It seems that if you have a smallish room, things could get quite cramped quickly, and having only a half-square near the walls could make it even worse.

2) I would only be picking up a small collection - perhaps just the room & passage set - to begin with. Clearly, I would not be able to lay out an entire dungeon in one go, so I'm concerned with the amount of time it would take to build the dungeon as we go - how does it compare to drawing on a battlemat or Tac-Tiles?

3) Doors - Do the door pieces just sit on top of blank floor tiles in the appropriate places? I'm a bit confused as to how they work.

Thanks!

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#34257
Some questions - considering purchasing 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
1. Things can get a little crowded in a small room. Consider expanding every room by two inches in each dimension (and prohibit placing minis directly adjacent to the walls) and the problem goes away.

2. If you know exactly what the new set-up will be, then it doesn't take too long, especially if the group helps by pulling minis and accessories out of the way. If you are winging it, then it takes longer.

3. Doors sit on top of blank floor tiles.
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#34258
Some questions - considering purchasing 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
I DM a game at someone else's house, but the DF collection is mine. I transport it in small boxes with little 8 x 11 foam board pieces, so that I can quickly grab a "room" and drop it into place. Works pretty well, and I can add rooms as we play quickly.

Don't expect a single set to carry you very far, but don't let that stop you from beginning your collection. Pretty soon you'll have piles of this stuff, and then you can really go to town.

Also, RE 4E, will this be your first time with it? Are you building your own adventures or using something canned? I'm running my 1st 4E campaign right now, and would be interested in sharing thoughts on the system.
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#34259
Some questions - considering purchasing 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
I've been thinking about buying some Dwarven Forge products to accompany my new 4E D&D campaign, but I have a few questions that I wanted to ask before taking the plunge. I figured this would be the place to ask.

1) The room corner and wall pieces in the fantasy set seem to only have half squares adjacent to the walls. How does this play out in-game? It seems that if you have a smallish room, things could get quite cramped quickly, and having only a half-square near the walls could make it even worse.

2) I would only be picking up a small collection - perhaps just the room & passage set - to begin with. Clearly, I would not be able to lay out an entire dungeon in one go, so I'm concerned with the amount of time it would take to build the dungeon as we go - how does it compare to drawing on a battlemat or Tac-Tiles?

3) Doors - Do the door pieces just sit on top of blank floor tiles in the appropriate places? I'm a bit confused as to how they work.

Thanks!

Shidara

1). When I play I just say if your in the "half" a hex your swing is limited or you do receive a reduced strike. It discourages people to try to use it. Or you can always say they do not exist.....

2). Some folks do not like it other do the build as you go scenario. I like to have it completely set up so can not really say one way or another.

3). Yes the door pieces fill up a square but is at one side or another of the square. SO you could still have a character next to the door with out it being "open".

Hope that helps a little.

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#34260
Some questions - considering purchasing 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
1. ditto with the expand the room. However, this is obviously less possible with a smaller, just starting out collection

2. I have several small peices of plywood cut to various sizes (18"x18", 2'x2', 2'x3' etc) I set up individual room encounters on these and just plop them down as the players get to them, often right on top of the one that is alrwady down on the table. This can allow you to only set up the best/most interesting/climatic encounters with DF while the other parts you can just draw on the battle map.

3. Hey DF - bring back the attached doors! Or better yet, a new door set!
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#34261
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Hello Shidara,

I think a Room and Passage Set (and maybe add also a Room Set) would be fine for "basic" dungeons...you could also choose to build only the "special" encounter room where the Evil boss is....

I personally have found that nobody actually goes to the walls during combat....it always seems to take place in the middle of a room...but if so, I just count it as a normal square...the reason it's designed so, is to allow better flexibility in building...

If you build a small room, I feel that our dungeons illustrate quite well just how small a space it is, and just how hard it would be to fight in one...realistically, in my view, that should be reflected in the combat.

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#34262
Some questions - considering purchasing 5 Years, 7 Months ago  
For your second point I can just say that you have to organize your DF stuff a bit so the placing of the pieces goes fast. My group had objections it would take too long, but just as I described the rooms, I placed the pieces. It goes very well as long as you don't have to seek your pieces in the box.

I have a small "map" with numbers for the individual pieces and each piece is numbered with a post-it.

Hope this helps and welcome.
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#34263
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I've already said squares were a problem with some boardgame rules.
I use this "impossible playable space" with decoration items (shelves, treasure chests, dead bodies etc)
There is always a way to erase the problem ^^
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