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#59668
How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
I suspect the answer is somewhere near "too much is never enough."

However.

I have a modest living space already packed with weird and precious gaming and weird stuff. My 15 kickstarter sets (5 painted and 10 unpainted) remain boxed. I'm thinking I can keep some and perhaps sell or give some away as gifts.

I'm perplexed to know how much is a reasonable, usable amount. I imagine I could keep them all if I got rid of some stuff - but I'm not sure if I want to do that if some of it will end up unused.

I game on a table(s) approximately 58" x 144" at its maximum. With space around the table for players, what would make sense layout-wise (I.e., more precise than calculating square footage) that would get used without buckets and bins of unused pieces that are excess and don't get (regularly) put into set ups?

Additionally, storage space is tight. How many sets can I reasonably expect to have readily available for building? (In other words, how many pieces could I have before pulling pieces from plastic bins, or separating walls from tiles and corners is no longer cost-effective in terms of time). Or will I have enough pieces that the overage is never needed on the table and sits taking up storage space?

I realize this is a vague question and insufficient data is a perfectly logical answer. Perhaps what I'm trying to get an idea of is how many of your sets are kept readily available for any given game night, or are regularly used? How many sets can you keep "on hand" before the pieces get lost in each other?

I hope this makes sense. In my short time here, I've found this forums fertile ground for ideas and you all are very kind and helpful.

I look forward to your responses.
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#59669
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
I recently ran something that was 50x20 - it used most of 5 sets w/stretch goals

i would suspect with 58x144 you could use every single one of your tiles - whether that is realistic for the way you game (or even the ability to reach and move minis) is up to you to decide

not sure if that helps
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#59670
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
I have a gigantic gaming table...

I highly doubt many people game on a table that is larger than mine.

I bought 3 sets + stretch goals.

I also bought 1 Floors pack (A huge factor in creating larger layouts/multilevel layouts)

I bought one stairs pack

and one diagonals pack.

I have found my sets are plenty adequate for the dungeon designs I have wanted to produce so far.

I would recommend keeping 5 sets + stretch goals. That will leave you enough space around the table for books etc.

Just my opinion based on what I have used. Plus you are very likely to go in for the Caverns Kickstarter, and that will also take up storage space and table space. You simply can only have so many gaming tiles on the table at once!
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#59672
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
When you have DF taking up space you need for RL, like in kitchen cabinets or a bedroom closet, you have too much.

When you are forced to to keep gaming stuff at an alternate location like a storage unit or the attic, you have too much.

When you have to get rid of sets you own in order to make way for new sets, you have too much.
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#59673
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
My solution to that "problem" was to get very organized. How many Sets you have of a specific kind limits your ability to make huge Setups of the same theme while having many Sets of different kinds gives lots of versatility in the types of setups you can make. My Flat File cabinets give me access to every DF pieces I own with ease, allowing me to build everything on the fly if necessary.

In terms of Game Tiles pieces only, 6 Sets with stretch goals is "enough" for me; I'm not a fan of super big setups (such as dungeoncrawls).
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#59674
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
the biggest dungeon I have made took 5 room sets with 4 6*4 floor tiles, 2 AB1 sets, a few cavern corners and 20 diagonals (had to use some Den of Evil diagonals)
this filled a 4*4 space.

the largest cavern setup had 3 caverns, 1.5 passages, 2 Hellscapes and 2 hellscape IIs) - 8.5 sets.
this filled 80% of a 6*4 space
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#59691
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
I have 5 sets plus 5 sets of addons. I was able to it everything into a 19" x 36" x 6" plastic container ($15.00 at Lowes). it fits under the end portion of my son's twin sized bed. we could fit two more containers under the bed if we needed.

our dinning room able is 3.5' by 8' (with both leafs in it) we used every piece we owned and did not even close close to taking up the full table.

You know what your space looks like, but I have to go with bio-wizard, find a way to organize it..... or give it to your extra sets to your new best friend, TK266 LOL.
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#59703
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
3645 sets.
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#59704
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
thebigteacher wrote:
3645 sets.


You bought or you live in the DF factory ?? lol ??? :)

Soon

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#59706
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
Organization is the key....flat files are a great idea....

I personally keep about 40 sets because of the different types...I need a minimum of 3 sets of each style....hellscape, den of evil, cavern, standard dungeons, ice caverns, lakes, rivers, medieval, ancients, ruins, catacombs, etc....
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#59707
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
Stefan also keeps about 300 sets on standby in the warehouse. ;-)
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#59744
Re:How many sets are too many? 8 Months ago  
Very helpful responses everyone.
Thank you.
Now I can jumble everything you've all said and come up with an answer.
I love the thought of having DF in kitchen cabinets and drawers all over the house! Kind of the opposite of organization, though.
:)
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