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Dungeons and Caverns and Limited Editions, oh my! 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Greetings, Dwarven Forge enthusiasts! I am a young GM looking for the best features to present at my D&D sessions. I have spent much, much time in the past looking for supplies that could really enhance our roleplaying experience. When my hunt for such products brought me here, I knew my search was over.

For several weeks now I have been visiting this website, admiring each beautiful set of 3D miniature terrain it has to offer. I am extremely interested in becoming a collector.

There are just a couple problems..

1) Scarce savings, and a hefty price tag (though I'm sure many DF customers have faced this problem. ;D). I certainly won't be able to buy numerous sets all at once. For that reason I will need to start (very) small, and purcahse one or two sets at a time.

2) I know that most people suggest products such as the Room and Passage Set to start off, but considering how infrequently I'll be buying DF sets, I'm worried I'll be waiting too long before some great-looking stuff like the Den of Evil line will permanently run out of stock (and it already seems like the first Realm of the Ancients set is out of my reach).

Knowing that the dungeon, cavern and medieval buildings sets will never be permanently out of stock, I would feel more comfortable purchasing the Den of Evil sets first. That way, by the time I actually can afford these products, I'll be able to snatch my copy of a limited edition line before it goes out of stock forever.

Now for my questions to you, the experienced Dwarven Forge collectors:

-How many of each product should I buy should I begin with Den of Evil?

-Is it really a good idea to start with a limited edition set?

-Before I even consider starting a DF collection, should I wait until I obtain a stable source of income that would enable larger savings (and perhaps use what money I do have to purchase cheaper alternatives like Gamemastery maps for now)?

Thank you very much for your time. I look forward to reading your advice!
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#47392
Re:Dungeons and Caverns and Limited Editions, oh my! 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
As a collector you would probably want to start with the Limited edition stuff. They will turn up on ebay ever so often but after they are out of
print permanatly, they usually sell for more than retail price.


As a gamer I would suggest the classic dungeon line. They really are
way more versatile.


One or two sets each from Den of evil should be pretty good. I tend
to like bigger rooms so the large floor tiles appeal to me. The
newest DOE set should be in stock for a few more years so I would
focus on the room and WE.

The realm of the ancients isnt completely sold out(well the entrance is) It will be back in stock so dont worry. The only limited edition set that is completely gone is the DOE room and passage set but they appear on ebay ever so often. Also with the newest DOE set and the limited edition passage pieces you arent missing a whole lot anways as there are enough passage pieces there to make do.
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#47393
Re:Dungeons and Caverns and Limited Editions, oh my! 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Welcome Nekron!

True, the classic Dungeon, Cavern and MBS lines are not limited edition, there are times when some of those sets go out of stock for 6-18+ months. (I myself have been waiting longer than that for the Chasm set to come back in stock). So my advice is to buy whatever you like best and whatever you feel you will get the most use from. As JLS said, the DOE R&P set is the only set completely gone, and that set was on sale for years and years, so you shouldn't fear too much that something will *disappear* in the next 12-24 months. Next to go would be the DOE WA set I believe - that's the one that has been around the longest anyway.

Cheers, and welcome to a truly excellent extension of our common RPG hobby!
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#47394
Re:Dungeons and Caverns and Limited Editions, oh my! 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
When you have some extra (!) money, pick up a DoE Room Set. Make some rooms, then figure out whether you need another.
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#47399
Re:Dungeons and Caverns and Limited Editions, oh my! 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
I am not sure that all of the 'Limited edition' sets are the best way into DF. It took me some years of play to be certain that the extra effort and work of storing and carrying and setting up all the DF sets was worth it. Like almost all of us - we do. It really enhances everyones enjoyment of 'the great game'.
Once I got to that place - then.. then I wanted more and wanted to expand my range for all settings.

I say - spend your money first on sets that are most useful and versatile.
Have some fun and check back in some months. By then you will either be hooked or selling on ebay.

My concern is that only by getting the 'stock' sets. (Dungeon and Cavern) will you be able to flexible and extensively use your DF sets.
If I started with 3 x DoE sets - I could only use them for a small single 'special ending' section of a dungeon / adventure. Once my party had risen some levels...
With the 3 x basic Dungeon (Corridor and Room) sets - we had months of fun. So I then bought more and moved next into the Cavern sets.
These two main stays get used every session.
I have since expanded and now want to buy the more esoteric sets and settings.
I guess as I own 30+ sets now - that I am becoming a collector ;)
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#47413
Re:Dungeons and Caverns and Limited Editions, oh my! 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
If you can't afford to buy many sets, or will only be acquiring them very slowly, then I would recommend buying sets that have the most utility.

I'd start with 2 sets of the basic dungeon line to be honest. You can then start adding to them 1 set at a time. I wouldn't worry about the oop sets at the start, those are really for people who have the cash to buy lots of different dungeon environments. I have most sets and the basic dungeon sets still get the most use by a long chalk.

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#47425
Re:Dungeons and Caverns and Limited Editions, oh my! 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
I'd have to throw my 2 cents in with the utility crowd. I had 6 or 7 basic dungeon sets before I bought anything else, and the second line I bought from was the Medieval Building Set. I use the MBS and Basic Dungeons all the time.
In my opinion the Limited edition stuff makes some great specialty stuff, but it's not particularly flexible. For example I run a Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay campaign and I use the DoE stuff to lay out Chaos temples because the floors have kind of an 8 pointed star pattern. I only have one Room set and one WA set, and I probably won't buy any more than that. I can get a pretty big room out of those two sets alone. It would have been nice if I wasn't too late to buy the Room and Passage set though, but for the amount I use the DoE stuff it's no big deal.
I spent the money that I had at the time on Basic dungeon sets and if I had to do it all over again I would do it the same way. After all, I could still make a convincing Chaos temple with the Basic Dungeon sets, as long as I dress it up with properly Chaotic miniatures.
If money is tight it's better to buy what you can use for the most set ups, not necessarily what you think looks coolest. It's a lot cheaper to buy miniatures to define your set ups than it is to buy Limited Edition stuff. Once you have enough Basic sets to put down a decent lay out, or if you get a more steady income, then you can worry about the Limited Edition stuff; and if you miss out, you'll probably be able to make do with the sets that you do have anyway.
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#47437
Re:Dungeons and Caverns and Limited Editions, oh my! 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
I think my ideas fit in line with most others here. It kind of all depends upon your goals- are you a focusing on being a collector? A GM? A mixture of the two?

If you are ok with throwing down the basic dungeon tiles and then describing the scene to your players (lay down basic dungeon tiles but tell your players, "this cave you have just walked into is dark, covered in fungi and spiderwebs" etc), and laying down just one room at a time, you can probably get away with a basic room and passage set, maybe another room set on top of that. You can do the same with the cavern set if you prefer- cavern set and avernous passages, one of each at a minimum.

If your goal is to build up a collection of the finest miniature terrain money can buy and want to have damn near EVERY set DF makes, go with the limited stuff first. 1 or 2 DoE Room sets and a Wicked Additions would be a good start. I would only recommend this route if you are ok with the idea that early on, you won't have tiles for the most basic settings (dungeons, caves) but you're ok with that because your collection will eventually catch up with your needs as a GM as time goes on.

Don't forget DF also sells gift certificates, so you can hint strongly to your loved ones around birthdays and/or christmas/channukah/festivus.
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