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#21948
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
My favorite sets from Dwarven Forge are the Cavern sets! I would like to see even more variety here such as lava cavern set! Lava flows on the floor cooling lava crusted with black oxidized rock ect. Something perfect for a fire dragon lair. Imagine, you could have some rounded lava tubes in sections, flowing lava rivers, pooled lava. Anyone else interested in this, if so do you have other ideas for lava based sets? I see this being similar to the cavernous lake/river sets but with a fire theme! Thanks
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#21949
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
A cool piece would be a waterfall addition to a cavernous river set which ended in a lava pool with billowing steam erupting! Might be hard to produce, but really cool.

Also lava tube based tunnel sections would be fun, perhaps with removable ceilings. A fun feel of walking through them for characters. You never know what you could meet in those claustrophobic corridors! Perhaps lava tube worms?
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#21950
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Maybe a lava cavern WA set.....but honestly I'd prefer more variotion on the existing cavern sets than a totally new line.
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#21951
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
I think these could be designed as a variation to the current cavern sets. You could have the lava areas attached to the rest of your chambers. What's to say you couldn't have a huge cavern with lava in one area, rock floors in another, and rivers and lakes in still another! That's what I meant by the idea of tile pieces which would tie them together well, such as the water fall into a lava pool producing billowing steam!
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#21952
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
joseph44,

You should find a number of interesting old threads containing some great discussions regarding possible fire accessories, lava, cavern and waterous wicked addition possibilities.

BTW, If you ever build something even remotely close to what you just described, please post pics -if at all possible. That would be awesome to see!

Anyway, hoping to see some of these sets soon.

Steve.
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#21953
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
I also posted a thread about module castles, but I think that the Lava Cavern / Lava Tube sets would be even better. They tie in nicely with the cavern sets you currently have which are my favorite sets. I especially like the idea of the Lava tubes. What a fun rpg underground environment crawling/walking through the lava tubes wondering if they are natural or created by some nasty beastie ;-).
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#21954
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Or wondering if they're really an extinct volcano!

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#21955
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
I've been interested in lava for caverns for a long time, and I can get behind the idea of a set of lava tubes, but I am squarely against removable ceilings. It is an unnecessary bit of complexity in design, production, storage, and use.
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#21956
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Perhaps the removable lava tube ceilings could be an optional component that only those who are interested could buy as an extra purchase? I just think having round lava tubes add alot to the atmosphere.
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#21957
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
Don't know if you saw these, but this was my attempt at rivers of lava.
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#21958
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
I regard lava tubes as a specialty set -- a fairly specific specialty set at that, as it can only be a lava tube, a monster burrow, or a spell-effected tunnel. I'm not saying it shouldn't be done, I'm just saying that it is VERY low on my personal list of (purchase) priorities.

It also has problems borne of the shape of the passage itself. A circular tunnel will need a flat floor to accommodate minis' bases, and the curved walls represent "lost" floor space (although they will make room for minis whose arms or weapons or wings extend beyond the area of the base).

I don't see the (practical) purpose of a ceiling. Are you trying to hide minis from the players? Better make sure the ceiling doesn't hit any long weapons, tall hats, long necks, or upraised arms/wings/swords. A ceiling is no help in hiding the layout of the tubes, as it would follow the shape of the piece beneath it. And the piece can only be a surprise once, so it isn't like the ceiling will conceal the "nature" of the pieces.

The only reason for having a ceiling is for aesthetic value, but I don't consider that to be a compelling reason in this case (especially because the cool ceiling blocks our view of the cool tunnel). Developing an expansion for an expansion doesn't seem like an effective use of time and resources, especially if the expectations on sales run certain ways. I would guess (important word there) that Lava Tubes would only appeal to about half of DF's consumers (all of them, not just forum-goers), and that Lava Tube Ceilings would only appeal to about half of those -- and no one who didn't buy a Lava Tubes set is going to buy a Lava Tube Ceilings set.

Modders, is the following theoretically sound?

I think you can get curved styrofoam or wood cylinders at craft stores. If you carefully cut or sand them to get a flat horizontal edge (dip it in a pan of paint or dye to get a good guide), you have something to press into molding compound to make your own (half-pipe) tubes with flat, even floors. These can be painted to be lava tubes, Horta tunnels, monster burrows, even ant colonies.

Turn the shape over to mold a curved ceiling (but make sure the mold shape is reversible). Paint and play.

Alternatively, wood (or styrofoam?) panels could be attacked with a router to get the same kind of tunnels, but you can go free-form -- tunnels and chambers anywhere you like. I recommend 12"x12"x2" panels. Either start with the square-foot pieces and be really careful with your measurements to match up passages and chambers that cross panels, or start with a larger section (3'x3'x2") and use a good circular saw to cut it down into smaller sections when the routing is done.

A ceiling would probably be a box lid (or lots of box lids) that goes over the whole thing, although if there is such a thing as a computerized router, it should be fairly simple to program it to create a mirror image of the previous cuts -- but you'll still have one big flat ceiling, so (again) I don't see the point.
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#21959
Lava Cavern / Lava Tube / Lava River Sets? 7 Years, 6 Months ago  
anisty/old crow made some bug tunnels that looked kind of interesting, but honestly i think i could knock something out for personal use that i would like better. (though i admit that might be above the skills and/or time level that other want to put in, becuase these last few holidays and snow days here in the North East have given be loads of time to work on various projects ;) ) Though they may be a good start for ideas on what it would look like.
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