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#43264
A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hello everyone,

I am seriously thinking on buying my first DF sets. I was thinking to start lightly (with one or two sets) and steadily buy one additional set every two months or so.

I will be using this sets to play my D&D 3.5 campaigns (I play every two weeks or so) and the settings are pretty variable, from a volcano to a crypt, a dragon's lair, a black knight castle, etc.

With which sets would you recommend me to start?
And for any further purchases?

Thanks in advance for any recommendation.

Dragon Lord
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#43265
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hello and welcome to the boards!

This is a tough question right now as SO MUCH is out of stock. In fact, I don't think I can ever remember so many different sets being out of stock at the same time. I think the next re-stock isn't until this winter? Anyone know?

Out of what IS in stock, I'd say go with the Room & Passage Set (maybe 2) and get yourself a few 6" straight hallways from the Single Pieces section. This will give you enough floors, corners, walls and hallways to build a lot of different basic/versatile set-ups. Myabe throw in a Wicked Editions 3 for some spice :-)

The other option is to start with the Realm of the Ancients sets, both of which are in stock. Its maybe not as versatile as the classic dungeon sets, but its really beautiful!

No matter what sets you get though, you will be VERY pleased - there just isn't anything made with the care and quality of Dwarvwen Forge!

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#43267
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Dragon lord

Welcome to DF F. There is alot of out of stock sets that would be great to have now. With that being said I Found that I use all the basic Room & Passage sets and the Cavern sets the most. I normally don't do huge set ups of any one type of speciality sets like Den of evil or Realm of ancients(a few of each worked for me) I normally use most of the speciallity sets for feature rooms or deco hallways.The Wicked additions sets are very cool , and the Ruins set you will get tons of use from.
But what do I know, I'm just a GOBLIN lol

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#43268
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Harneloot, rydendragons,

Thank you very much for your recommendations.

I think I will be going with the Room & Passage set and one of the Wicked Additions (not quite sure of which of them, as I like very much the 3 of them). I hope they will restock more sets soon!

I found this buyer's guide on the internet and it's pretty similar to what you said. What do you think of following up the advice in here for my future purchases?

Thanks again!

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#43269
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Welcome to the addiction! I will second Harneloot and ryendragons. Start with Rooms and Passages x2 and a Ruins set. Grab a few extra stairs, some pillars,some pillars, and 6" hallways and you should have a nice start.
The limited edition sets are beauties but not as versatile. Stick with classic dungeon line to begin.
Have fun!!
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#43271
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
For sheer versatility - go with the basic dungeon sets to start with.
My second environment of choice for versatility would be the Medieval Building
Third (and the best looking in my opinion) go caverns!


Saying all that, for pure "eye candy," jaw dropping miniature goodness, I'd go for a load of caverns with all the associated passageways, water and chasm options. Not as versatile I admit but still my favourite as a classic D&D Underdark setting.

Enjoy!

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#43272
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Medieval Furniture and Dungeon Accessory sets are also great. At $40 they are much less expensive than full sets and they really allow you to flesh out the dungeon rooms which adds a lot to your setup IMO.

And welcome to DF!

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#43274
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
I will actualy diverge from the crowd a bit. When I first started picking up my DF stuff I would and still do mostly build my roooms at my D&D table in room by room set-ups. That said I find that I dont use my Rooms and passage set nearly as much untill I got to the point where I was setting up Large sections of DF. That said my first two sets were cavern and I still smiply love them. But were I to start over again I think this would be my list of first sets due to the way I still find myself using DF every game session at my table and from watching my 3 other DMs using my DF in play as well. I would build my set around the Room set not Rooms and passage. SO I would go like so Rooms set x2. then I would strongly look at wicked edditons and wicked additions 2.. I love WA 3 but 1&2 give you far more options for floor shapes with the 6x6 and 4x6 floors. That said Ruins has GOT to be on your radar for and early buy. Reason, it adds age and wear to your set ups and can be anything from crumbling walls from centurys of age or damage from a recent raid by bandits. After that I would defently pick up at least one pack of pillers but I would sugjest two. They give you so much in the way of options. once you drop a few Pillers into a room you compleatly change the way a room looks and how a fight will take place in that room in a D&D setting and for as subtle as they are they make a room pop.. added to the fact to their use when making leveled set ups.
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#43276
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hi Dragon_Lord

As you might notice I am also new to Dwarven Forge as well so welcome (and be prepared to loss a lot of money) ! :)

Although I cannot provide you with a lot of insight, I can at least share my experience. My first purchase is the rooms & passage + the woodland set (and woodland accessories) since I found the woodland set are really attractive by its very special theme. I tend to favor these type of uniqueness as it can add a great deal of flavor into my campaign. And the accessories looks very promising in terms of details and also adding layers to Dwarven Forge product.

Oh and for the basic rooms & passage set, I am not quite sure but given that a lot of veteran (I bet they are all SERIOUS gamers!) in this forum suggest it as a must, I don't think you will find it disappointed anyway.
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#43280
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
All good suggestion, everyone!

However - you do all realize that most of what you suggest he *purchases* first is currently out of stock and not expected back until February at the earliest?

For an initial purchase that doesn't have to wait 3-5 months, I would still say R&P is the best bet, along with the accessories sets that erc1971 suggests.

Cheers!
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#43281
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
To my earlier suggestion of R&P, Ruins etc, I will add Monster Nest and Diagonal Walls. The diagonal cn be used for cool room shapes plus narrow diagonal passages off a main passage. And the Monster Nest is just too cool!
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#43284
Re:A good set to start? 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Wow, thanks everyone for all the suggestions. It was a lot more than I expected; seems to me that DF has a very cool community :)

I finally decided to go for the Room and Passage Set and a Room Passage (I will buy this one on ebay, as it is currently Out Of Stock). I think that I will wait until the restock for other purchases, but in the meantime I think I will be buying some accessories or Wicked Additions III (is the only one still on stock).

Thanks again for everything, I will probably be asking all of you for further purchases.

Cheers from Costa Rica ;)!
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