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#43023
Novice Builds from a Novice ;) 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
We did several different setups tonight in my C&C game. Quite basic compared to most of what is shown here, but I thought I would still display them as they made the game a blast for us.

For starters, I took the River Crossing and Forest Paizo Flip Mats and slightly overlapped them for a large map area. I added some cardstock PDF buildings I made, some trees meant for model railroads, an awesome ruined tower I just bought off ebay, and some resin furniture pieces (fire pit, well, barrels, etc.) Made for a great opening scene as the party tried to save a roadside inn besieged by goblins.





Next the party fought the Goblin chieftain in his feasting chamber along with several of his allies. After setting it all up, several members of the party took down the chieftain on the first round with natural 20's and the rest of the goblins surrendered at the end of the round. Not much action for this setup, lol



Lastly was the bad guy cleric who had bought off the goblin chieftain. He was animating zombies to assist in his evil plans. Great battle here that included the party's half-orc barbarian slamming a zombie through a pile of rubble.



Setup was nice and quick - usually done while our 1 smoker when outside to smoke. Nothing fancy, but DF added a lot to our game without me having to spend time I don't have beforehand to make an elaborate setup.

Eric
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Re:Novice Builds from a Novice ;) 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Nice work! I use mine in a similar way, usually a small, modest build for games. It adds great atmosphere to the table and we would never get through a huge layout in one session anyway. Your players probably loved it.
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#43031
Re:Novice Builds from a Novice ;) 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Excellent builds! Really like the way the map under the 3D pieces really pulls everything together. Small simple set-ups are all that are really needed (despite how much I LOVE Kronos, L, Tom, Thod, IO and other's beautiful works of art!) to really change the whole gaming experience!
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Re:Novice Builds from a Novice ;) 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Cool setups erc1971! :)
I also like the story info of what is going on in each setup. Really sounds like fun! :)

Small simple set-ups are all that are really needed (despite how much I LOVE Kronos, L, Tom, Thod, IO and other's beautiful works of art!) to really change the whole gaming experience!
So true! Big setups are fancy (one could say I like them a little bit ;) ) but even the smallest setup enhances the gaming experience drastically. When I saw my first Dwarven Forge setup, it was on the rare occasions when I was a player and not the GM, and the GM build a small room as we looked in a shock of awe I was soooooo amazed and impressed. It took a game which was already great and fun to a level I never anticipated. For me it was a complete new way to experience the game.
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#43061
Re:Novice Builds from a Novice ;) 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Glad everyone liked the maps. Even after using them for a couple games, it is still amazing how much these simple little setups enhance the game. Another thing I am learning as that I can make things even better by combining various products (like the Paizo flip map for example - it was the unanimous favorite of the 3 setups I did that night).

In the next game session the party is going to have to try and stop the a city mayor from betraying the city and opening the main gates so the opposing army can waltz on in. The finale will consist of the party trying to keep the gates secure. I plan on using my newly purchased Worldworks street set to create a multi-level street market scene, then enhance it with some cardboard buildings I have, some of the interior pieces from the DF tavern accessories set (the bar will make a great merchant stand for example), etc. Combining these products creates something superior to what any one of them could have done alone.

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#43062
Re:Novice Builds from a Novice ;) 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
Kronos wrote:
Cool setups erc1971! :)
I also like the story info of what is going on in each setup. Really sounds like fun! :)

Small simple set-ups are all that are really needed (despite how much I LOVE Kronos, L, Tom, Thod, IO and other's beautiful works of art!) to really change the whole gaming experience!
So true! Big setups are fancy (one could say I like them a little bit ;) ) but even the smallest setup enhances the gaming experience drastically. When I saw my first Dwarven Forge setup, it was on the rare occasions when I was a player and not the GM, and the GM build a small room as we looked in a shock of awe I was soooooo amazed and impressed. It took a game which was already great and fun to a level I never anticipated. For me it was a complete new way to experience the game.


Ditto. It was Palladium Open House '06 (the first one). James Brown ran a game with an elaborate setup that probably cost $700+ to purchase by today's prices. I had never heard of DF before. We sat down at the table, and he had the whole thing covered in cardstock. He began to reveal the map and our jaws all hit the floor.

A complete new way to experience the game is 100% accurate, I could not have said it better myself.
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#43123
Re:Novice Builds from a Novice ;) 2 Years, 9 Months ago  
I think the mixed media approach works really well.
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