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#49335
Any thoughts on another outdoor Terrain set? 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
DF did the druid grove, or elven village or the woodland set.

Has DF considered a canyon set? It could be similar to the cavern set but with slightly different sculpting and of course different paint.

Would anyone be interested?


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#49336
Re:Any thoughts on another outdoor Terrain set? 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
I would like to see some hard packed earth flooring, stockade walls, huts with removable roofs, standing stones.....
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#49345
Re:Any thoughts on another outdoor Terrain set? 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
I have so many conflicting thoughts...

On the one hand, I am generally not supportive of efforts to expand DF into the great outdoors. There are already plenty of suppliers of outdoor terrain, so this would make DF just another company competing for a position in an established market. Canyon walls in particular are apparently very easy to sculpt at home for very little cost and effort, so I don't really see the need for yet another supplier.

On the other hand, all three of DF's natural subterranean environments can be interpreted as canyons already. (Another great reason for no ceilings!) The Caverns line could be the bottom of a water-scoured canyon (especially with river pieces), the Ice Caverns could be the floor of a fjord or a glacial rift, and the HellScape (recent additions notwithstanding) could be the crust of a partially-cooled caldera. If you accept that, then any new natural subterranean environment can also, theoretically, be used as a canyon floor.

However, I believe there is a point of diminishing returns as new environments are introduced, so DF should consider carefully before creating a new terrain line. Water erosion, ice, and magma caverns are visually and thematically distinctive enough that they don't necessarily detract from each others' sales. Any new line needs to be generic enough to satisfy multiple roleplay setting needs and unique enough that another existing set doesn't do just as well.

I think I've posted before that a new cavern set that looks like Antelope Canyon could be spectacular, and elegantly simple. Whirled sandstone walls, sandy floors, and some sandstone columns and boulders. A passage or a corner piece could be sculpted to have natural steps to the top of the wall, and act as an entrance/exit point or access to another level.
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#49352
Re:Any thoughts on another outdoor Terrain set? 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Antelope Canyon is exactly what I had in mind. It could be a dessert set, canyon to the lost temple (ROTA) Indiana Jones-esque adventure and for the Star Wars fans, Tatooine.

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#49355
Re:Any thoughts on another outdoor Terrain set? 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
I think a desert terrain series would be cool, if it included ..... a pyramid set, to construct what looks like a dungeon inside a pyramid, with all kinds of Egyptian style designs and accessories like phaeroh's tomb. The latest treasure set would work nicely with this.
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#49356
Re:Any thoughts on another outdoor Terrain set? 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Could the mysterious set possibly coming this summer/autumn actually BE an Egyptian-themed set?

Did the Egyptian-themed treasure set foreshadow it?

Am I dangerously close to accidentally hijacking this thread?


Antelope Canyon would also be at home on Arrakis or Vulcan, and as a way leading to the Cave of Wonders, or as the tunnels of a colony of giant ants.

And we're back on topic!
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#49371
Re:Any thoughts on another outdoor Terrain set? 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
could someone post a pic of antelope canyon?
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#49373
Re:Any thoughts on another outdoor Terrain set? 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Here are a few for quick reference, taken at random from the internet.

One is a generic view. One has people in it for scale. One shows a shaft of light and a sand fall, which is apparently not uncommon there.

Hope these help, didn't mean to confuse.




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#49384
Re:Any thoughts on another outdoor Terrain set? 1 Year, 10 Months ago  
Df hasn't done an 'outdoors' set yet in my humble opinion. The woodland type set wasn't an open, oudoors woodland, it was simply a building made of trees?
A druid's house perhaps but not really a grove?

These are old arguments but in summary, I acknowledge that yes there are other options (other than DF) to do the outdoors, in the same way that there are other options to do dungeons etc. But no one does high quality, polystone, prepainted and 25mm gridded terrain sets to the standard that DF do. That is why they sell. That is why the great outdoors would be viable too.

Roads, pavements i.e. a cityscape would be a cool outdoors option, as would a medieval village e.g. wooden sidewalks, porches, gardens, streets, market square etc would stand as much chance of selling well as an alternative cavern set?

Just my opinion anyway.

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