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#17642
medieval building set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
I just got my set today. Even though i realy like my set i found the secret bookcase door not very well done. I expected better . hopefully you will be selling this peice separety after you fix it .
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#17643
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As I saw this while at Gen Con, I'm curious...what was "not very well done?"

I thought it was pretty cool. It swung both directions and was nicely painted.
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62 sets and counting. In addition, a boatload of individual pieces or sets of pieces.
 
#17644
medieval building set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
I just got my set today. Even though i realy like my set i found the secret bookcase door not very well done. I expected better . hopefully you will be selling this peice separety after you fix it .
thanks.
Matt

Dear Falcarrion,

Not sure what might be wrong with it, but if you send it in we will replace it for you.
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#17645
medieval building set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Sounds like something was broken, maybe...?

Anyhoo, got my sets today. Some very quick thoughts --

The secret door is really cool! I'm quite happy with it. It moves well, it looks great, it's fun.

The geometry on these is stunning -- such sharp corners! Such straight lines! Maybe I'm just gettting dizzy after spending so much time in the caverns, but it's really amazing how crisp and sharp this set feels.

The detail in the walls is really something you have to see in person. The pics just don't do it justice. There is so much to see, even when a wall looks plain in a photo, in person there are all sorts of subtle changes in color and texture... These pieces have even more texture and color and detail than the dungeon pieces. They're by far the most elaborate "basic" building elements DF has yet produced.

The iron brackets "under" the floors are FANTASTIC.

Overall, this is a truly outrageously great set, look for more detailed thoughts from me slightly later....


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#17646
medieval building set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
So my son calls me at work today to tell me that the MBSs are very cool and that he moved one of my gaming tables up to his room and made a terrific setup. He said the doors are beautiful and the bookcase is just too cool!

Sigh...:)
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#17647
medieval building set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
OK, here are some more involved reactions to the set.

First of all, I don't think the "stripe" issue is a problem at all, in person. You don't really notice it. Maybe it's because I only have one set out right now, as opposed to six or seven -- but I don't really see any problems at all with the look of the beams.

The pieces themselves, as I said before, are remarkably detailed. There is texture to the plaster, it is not uniform, and there are lots of cracks and places where, even without breaking through to anything underneath, there are minor "structural problems" as it were. It looks amazing.

The wood grain is very well done, and the "checker" floor works extremely well. I worried a bit whether it would look slightly too "expensive," as opposed to a more basic wood floor, but really it has just the right effect, preserves the gaming grid, and keeps the utility of the wall pieces so they can be oriented however you want.

The doors are, of course, slightly on the small side, since they have to fit in the walls without going over -- as with the recent cavern sets, Stefan seems really taken by the idea of "stacking" and clearly didn't want to do anything that would make that impossible. The doors look good, though -- serviceable, not quite as ornate as the fantasy doors but not dull either.

Really, that's perhaps the biggest challenge in a set like this -- it has to look basic and non-fantastical in most respects, but you don't want it to be drab or bland. It's extremely impressive that Stefan has managed to pull this off.

Finally -- I wondered if I'd regret getting two sets, since one seems like it's pretty capable of doing everything you'd want. And, it kinda is and it kinda isn't. It's certainly flexible enough to do plenty, but I'm really glad to have two sets -- because one is a bit SMALL. It's big enough, don't get me wrong, for most things. But I have so much furniture! I have Grendel beds, Grendel kitchen stuff, DF tables and benches, I've got barrels and barrels and barrels and all that JR Minis stuff I've been showing for the past weeks. I want a really big common room for the tables, plus a kitchen in the back, and at least two bedrooms somewhere as well. For that, two sets is really ideal. I can get a decent sized common room, a big kitchen, and a moderate bedroom with one set -- but I'm glad to have another set waiting in the wings so I can expand... ;)

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#17648
medieval building set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Heh... I have 3 coming... I was thinking of ordering more but perhaps I'll use the money for more caverns and cavernous rivers instead. Thx.. this was useful feedback.
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#17649
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I have to admit after reading through all of the posts from people who were able to go to Gen Con, I had to rush home this afternoon from my lunch break just to see this set in person (I couldn't wait the extra 5 hours before I was done).

The set truly looks awesome! I'm looking forward to using it for years to come. I just wish I knew where the roads came from that were in the gen con pixs.

Keep up the great work DF!
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#17650
medieval building set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Lyarrt--welcome aboard! I posted earlier that I was excited because mine were coming today. Turned out they had been sitting on my porch all night overnight!

I opened one box (all I had time for) and I inspected the pieces very carefully. I agree completely with L--the detail is really, really nice. I started envisioning the great adventures to come--all being planned out in the tavern I'll put together!

L--I noticed those corner brackets right away too! Fantastic touch!

I literally panicked as I was unpacking each piece. I kept thinking, "This must be the bookcase. No... this must be the bookcase. No..." For a little while I was worried that I missed somkething and that you only got it with three sets but then I remembered that you got the other cool stuff instead. I finally found it and was pretty happy with not only the fact that it was there, but also that it swung both ways. I guess I was expecting it to be a center pivot sort of a deal but I'm glad that it pivots to one side.

Stefan and Jeff--great work guys. This is going to be a very well used set!
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#17651
medieval building set 7 Years, 11 Months ago  
Just copied my previous post here, adding minor edits.. It fits better here anyway.

Have to say the MBS gives a warm fuzzy feeling, or that could just be the bear skin rug. I opened one box as well and put together a layout. The set is perfect for large warehouses and a tavern. The set looks great and I am making plans for a little village. The secret door is excellent as is the sides of the floor pieces that will allow for stages to be easily made. Great detail. Stripes are not distracting at all.

I already know that I will need more corners, if such pieces become available individually or in a 4 pack (hint, hint). If an area is to have a lot of small cottages or even row houses or rooms inside a building, more corners are a must. A 3/4 size door that could fit next to a wall section could answer some of the corner issues. Railings also will be very useful. With enough railings, I might try to do the main deck of a ship. Though the Tudor captain's cabin might look a little silly. Plastered over square columns also could fit well in a large room. Now need a capstan. Saw L's wooden stairs and something similar could fit the design, i.e. plank stairs. Though a solid wood stair case would also work well.

Accessories that I need: beds and fireplaces. I have some fireplaces, but could always use more.
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#17652
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Hey, if they can build a cottage on wheels out of a Mercedes S-Class, why couldn't you have a Tudor Captain's Quarters?

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#17653
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I already know that I will need more corners, if such pieces become available individually or in a 4 pack (hint, hint). If an area is to have a lot of small cottages or even row houses or rooms inside a building, more corners are a must.
You know, what amazes me is that I haven't really encountered something like this. This set seems remarkably well balanced, for me at least. I've experimented around with my two sets a bit, and while occasionally I find myself wishing I had another piece, I haven't found that I regularly need a particular type, or that I need several of any type. Sometimes I want another corner, sometimes another wall, sometimes a floor. But overall, I haven't noticed a pattern, which makes me think the set doesn't really have a "hole" in any variety. I think the more regular sets you get, the greater your options are, and that single pieces are nice for particular builds, but that's all. What I mean by this is -- while there may be one layout that causes me to need two more corner pieces, the very next layout I build has extra corners, but needs one more wall. And once that is taken down, the next one just needs another floor piece. It makes me think that if I had those extra pieces, they'd go to waste on most layouts except for the very one I'm working on at the moment -- so I come away with the sense that overall, for most layouts, the set is really well provided.

Of course, that's just for my needs. If there are particular ideas someone wants to try out, they may find that they really do need certain pieces - it would be great if, like the dungeon sets, these pieces were eventually available singly.

I can see the appeal of large floor pieces, too. "Civilized" accessories take up a lot of room, and it'd be neat to put large rooms together faster, for large meeting halls or storage areas or even more comfy bedrooms....

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