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#40626
Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
With a decent sized tax return on the way, this seemed like a good time to finally take the (fatal?) plunge into Dwarven Forge terrain.

I'm going to be using this for skirmish-level fantasy combat more than "real" role-playing.

I've got about $500 to spend. Here is what I was eyeing to get me started (all from the Classic collection):

2 * Room Set = $198
1 * Room & Passage Set = $119
2 * 2 Large Columns = $20
6 * 6" Tile = $50
8 * 6" Passage = $80
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Total = $467 + shipping

How does that look for a start? Is it smart to buy all of those 6" passages and 6X6 tiles, for example? It seems like that would be a great way to be able to set up some dungeons quickly, but maybe I'm wrong? Would I be better off getting another Room or Room and Passage Set, for example?

Any great, useful pieces that I'm obviously missing?
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#40627
Re:Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
You may want to consider the narrow passages set- its really underrated but can make for some awesome, claustrophobic battle areas and choke points.
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#40628
Re:Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
Well, you're really at a disadvantage at the moment because 2 of the best sets, Wicked Editions I and II, are out-of-stock.

1 * Room Set = $99
1 * Room & Passage Set = $119
2 * 6" Passage = $20
3 * 6" Tile = $30
1 * Diagonal Walls, set of 4 = $12
2 * 2 Large Columns = $20
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Total = $300 + shipping

That gives you a really good base to start from. I wouldn't overspend on 6" passages or 6" tiles. You can get some big tiles from other sets, and passages are more useful as supporting structures than passages.

With the remaining $200, pick a couple of sets to accessorize. You can actually mix and match in some of the other sets fairly successfully. Imagine the floor from Den of Evil Wicked Editions surrounded by classic dungeone floors. My recommendation, in order of preference:

1) Save $100 for when Wicked Editions II comes back in stock
2) Narrow Passages - great for alcoves, entrances, pillars, etc.
3) Ruins set
3) Den of Evil Wicked Editions
4) Realm of Ancients set 2
5) Medieval Building Expansion Set
6) Wicked Editions 3
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#40635
Re:Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
BrettKing wrote:
I wouldn't overspend on 6" passages or 6" tiles. You can get some big tiles from other sets, and passages are more useful as supporting structures than passages.



Could you expand on this statement a bit? Why aren't the 6" passages good for creating passages? Is it because they tend not to sit flush with the other pieces (as I was reading in another post)?
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#40637
Re:Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
Oh, they're fine for creating passages. I just have found over the years that I don't create that many encounters in passages. When I do, a couple of long passages is plenty. Most encounters are room-oriented, with some passages leading into or out of the rooms. This is especially true in D&D 4th edition. There isn't much point in laying down passages if you don't plan to have encounters in them.
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#40638
Re:Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
i started with that amount and you cant go wrong with the basic.(1)Room and passage,(2) room set, (1) 6"large square floor, (2)dungeon accessory set is what i started with works great with our d&d as well as our reaper and GW games.
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#40642
Re:Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
Darn the beauty of those Realms of the Ancients sets! They have me totally rethinking my approach!

I realize that the Classic sets are more versatile (due to having a much wider variety of sets available), but would I be totally insane to try to build dungeons using *just* the Realms of the Ancients sets?

I was thinking of starting off with two of each of the sets--or is that not nearly enough to do anything with? Also, if I was to get a third of *one* of the sets, which one would do more for me (I'm thinking Set #1, but Set #2 does have those cool 6" long wall pieces)?
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#40663
Re:Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
Well, I went with my heart over my head on this one and bought all Realm of the Ancients stuff:

3 * Realm of the Ancients 1
2 * Realm of the Ancients 2
1 * Realm of the Ancients Entrance
2 * 2 Large Columns

And since every dungeon needs some good accessories, I added:

1 * Monster Nest
2 * Dungeon Accessories Set
2 * Medieval Furniture Set


And, you know, I need to have someone for my adventurers to fight, so I also added:

1 * Skeletons with polearms (high)
1 * Skeleton troops (mixed)
1 * Skeletons with polearms
1 * Skeleton swordsmen
1 * Skeleton archers
1 * Orc and Lieutenenat
2 * Orcs with polearms

Needless to say, I exceeded my original budget by a tiny bit (I expect that happens a lot 'round here!).

Now the most terrible part begins: the waiting!!
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#40664
Re:Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
Congrats! I'm sure you'll love them.
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#40667
Re:Help a noob with $500 to spend 3 Years, 5 Months ago  
Ebonsword, Great choices! You'll definitely have great times with the sets you bought.

Remember to post pictures of your set ups! We can't wait!
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