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#53521
Descent into Xak Tsaroth, take 1 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
OK, I admit it. Xak Tsaroth has defeated me. I was really looking forward to putting this together, a sunken ruined city, out of just ROTA and cavern sets. (With some Chasm and Wilderness set pieces thrown in where needed to fill it out)

But -- wow, this is hard! As I anticipated, the footprint of the cavern pieces being four times as big as the regular ROTA pieces makes it very tricky. The difference is easy enough to compensate for (in theory) by swapping in Wilderness set floor pieces to fill in "gaps" when you need to make a 4x4 floor piece out of ROTA floors (but don't want to just do a simple 4x4 grid). The hard part is that you are STACKING these. Cavern pieces stack REALLY easily on top of other cavern pieces, but placing ROTA and Wilderness floors on top of cavern pieces has proven hard.

Plus, somehow my mojo just escaped me. I didn't have any really interesting ideas, and I don't think the result is that attractive. It's messy and cluttered.

I will have to try again tomorrow. But for now, I admit I at least like some of the close-ups. The overall layout may be ugly and clumsy, but DF is still gorgeous, and seeing a ROTA wall set next to a cavern piece, or the interplay of ROTA and Wilderness floor pieces is still pretty freaking awesome. So, yeah, I still have a mess of pics. ;)









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#53522
Re:Descent into Xak Tsaroth, take 1 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
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Re:Descent into Xak Tsaroth, take 1 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
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#53525
Re:Descent into Xak Tsaroth, take 1 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
I really like the figure in picture #786. He has such character. The rest of the pictures look great.
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#53533
Re:Descent into Xak Tsaroth, take 1 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
The upcoming Cavern Game Tiles will help you deal with the 4*4 vs 2*2 problem as these will be 2*2 pieces (PVC/Dwarvenite molds apparently cannot be that big).

Also, I imagine Xak Tsaroth to be in ruins and very greenish. Maybe you could use some Ruins Sets in there?
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#53535
Re:Descent into Xak Tsaroth, take 1 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Mixing sets and themes in a single dungeon is always going to be tough.

To help me (and others) who are not familiar with Xak Tsaroth, is this the dungeon you are trying to emulate?



I find for most 'module' set-ups that a 2 x 2 works better, but they do take an age to build.
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RSx8, DRSx3, DRSx4, CWPS, R&Px6, CSx3, CPx3, AB1x2, AB2x2, T1x2,T2x2, NPx3, WA1x2, WA2x2, WA3, CR&WS, CR, CLS, HSI, HS2, Rota1, Rota2, Rota entrance, Nest. Ogres Den(At last!) & various KS1 sets & Add-ons
 
#53536
Re:Descent into Xak Tsaroth, take 1 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
dandare, yes this is Xak Tsaroth! It came from the first adventure (DL1) of the Dragonlance series. Law was talking at length about it here.
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#53547
Re:Descent into Xak Tsaroth, take 1 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
I love how these sets look together. I cant wait until we have ice chasm and hellscape chasm sets ;-)so we can build levels upward like this in those sets
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Please produce more ice, lava, and elevation tiles
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12x cavern ks sets
6x lava river ks set
5x lava cavern ks sets
1x wicked cavern ks set
1x stalagmite cavern set
12x hellscape #1sets
10x hellscape #2sets
2x resin ice cavern sets
6x gametile ice cavern sets
4x ruins sets

Hoping for more lava and ice tiles in the future!
 
#53560
Re:Descent into Xak Tsaroth, take 1 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Yup, Xak Tsaroth, from DL1 Dragons of Despair!

I have experimented a bit more and have more satisfying approaches to post later tonight. And I agree -- chasm versions of Hellscape and Ice Caverns would be very welcome! So would ruined ROTA pieces. ;)
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