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#9498
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
A secret door opens a way to a new world.


The walls and floors are cold. Colder than mere stone. They draw the warmth from my flesh as if trying to draw the very life from my bones. As I pass the statuary on the walls, they seem to regard me with a cold, inhuman gaze.


Good fortune so soon?


I'm tempted to use my dagger to remove this bauble from the wall, but it's eldritch gleam and the faint sounds of screaming that come from within the massive gem convince me to leave it alone.


The frescoes upon the wall seem to move out of the corner of my eye. Two dimensional art in this world that is somehow linked to something more three dimensional in another?


The path winds upwards. The markings and symbols on the walls seem to share some sort of secret alignment that fills the place with a dread power.


It is obvious that Evil Deeds have been done here. The place is built upon layers of tortured souls


The walls seem to be aligned along planes of Non-Euclidian geometry. There are intersections that make my mind ache to look upon them.


I lose my way several times, or are the walls actually moving when I look away?


The markings on the walls are misty and insubstatial, as if they are portals to other dimensions.


The way leads downward to another depth. Dare I go on?


I decend...


...and wander through vaults containing strange apparatus. Tombs filled with unidentifiable remains...


...sacrificial altars to unknown gods. What power might I gain, if I dare use some of the secrets held here?


I wander on, hopelessly lost, for what seems like days...


And then - literally - a light at the end of the tunnel.


I thankfully find my way back to the comforting stone walls of a more familiar dungeon.


I make my way to the sunlight above, and search out the safety of the nearest tavern. I drink in silence, since I doubt anyone will believe my tale.

Yet the angles of the place seem to have altered my thoughts, the memory of "the walls that watch" compels me, draws me back, and I know in my heart that I will return again to this Den of Evil.
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#9499
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
I like 14-16, cool concepts and something i was going to try myself a little later....
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More Sci Fi Please, request a DEAD END for Sci Fi Passages
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#9500
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Whoooo Haaaaa! I’m totally digging these pics! Nice prospective and layouts, truly amazing! If you add in a few miniatures and props and you could tell a nice little story, like Conan, Indiana Jones, Cthulhu, Lost Alien Tome, etc… I’m so upset after seeing these that we didn’t order a few DoE sets. When’s the next batch going to be sold? Or can we order them now?
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#9501
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
I didn't like the thumbnails, so I've reposted the pics with a little Lovecraft-style commentary.

Ghenghis Ska: Yeah, something about this set really calls for multi level setups. The Den of Evil should LOOM over the adventurers traveling through it.

invincibleoverlord: You are the master of "adding a few minatures and props." I'd love to see what you'd do with Den of Evil. Another two hundred sets have just gone on sale. The rest will be available next summer.
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#9502
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
OH MAN…I WISH I HAD YOUR WRITING SKILLS!!!!!!

You told that story so well; And with no miniatures or anything! I felt like I was in the head of the storyteller, like in a book. Very cool Transit!
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#9503
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Transit;

Please excuse me for a minute while I go turn up the thermostat.

WOW!!! Edgar Allen Poe, eat your HEART OUT!

The setup was good on it's own, with the varied levels; but that NARRATIVE! Whoof!

Excellent writing, and damned good layout. The camera work wasn't quite as good as the rest, but that's probably because you had the camera set for auto-focus, didn't you?
AF will getcha every time with close-up work like that.

Still, that storyline made up for it, big-time!

See Ya!


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#9504
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Thank to everyone for all the complements on the captions. The Den of Evil is certainly inspirational when it comes to creepy atmosphere.

The camera work wasn't quite as good as the rest, but that's probably because you had the camera set for auto-focus, didn't you? AF will getcha every time with close-up work like that.
In order to get down "inside" the setups, I was using a digital macro setting, so the depth of field was really tight. In some of the pics, both the foreground and background got blurred, with only a little bit in the middle kept in focus.

The lighting is too soft also. In order to have a roof over the pieces, I put a sheet of white paper over the setup and lit it with a desk lamp. I think creepy shadows and dark corners would be better than soft diffused light, but I'm not sure how to control the lighting in such a tiny space.

I wonder if there's a company that makes really tiny 25mm scale photography lights? :lol



Frankly, as soon as my DOE sets arrived I just excitedly started trying out setups and snapping pictures. I'll need to keep experimenting with camera settings if I want to do a better job with these "point of view" type pics.

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#9505
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Great, great, great stuff, man!

Fantastic -- I love those "you - are - THERE!" shots...

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#9506
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
The camera work wasn't quite as good as the rest, but that's probably because you had the camera set for auto-focus, didn't you? AF will getcha every time with close-up work like that.
In order to get down "inside" the setups, I was using a digital macro setting, so the depth of field was really tight. In some of the pics, both the foreground and background got blurred, with only a little bit in the middle kept in focus.

The lighting is too soft also. In order to have a roof over the pieces, I put a sheet of white paper over the setup and lit it with a desk lamp. I think creepy shadows and dark corners would be better than soft diffused light, but I'm not sure how to control the lighting in such a tiny space.
Transit

I had a sneaking suspicion the macro setting might be the problem. Don't feel ike the Lone Ranger on that one; it's caught me MANY TIMES when I try to shoot super-close stuff, too!

I once saw a digital camera (I think it was a Minolta) that had a DETACHABLE CCD Head that you could actually take the head DOWN IN THE HALLS to shoot; with a butchered set of LCD flashlights, you could actually do the miniature photography! Unfortunately, the camera is long out of production (I Think!), so that probably isn't happening any time soon.

Now I've tempted myself to try the chopped-up LCD lights; it shouldn't be TOO hard, and the lighting effects available with that, in a multi-level setup, would be FANTASTIC!!

Hey, the fact that you were able to get the shots you did is something close to amazing! PLEASE don't think I was actually knocking your work; I was merely commenting on the one less-than-perfect element of your visual story!

Ya Done GOOD!!

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#9507
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
I remember, when I was into model railroading, seeing an ad for a video camera (I don't even think it was digital, this was back in like 2000 or 1999) that you could mount on a train to get a video of the layout from the train's-eye-view.

I still kinda think that's just about the neatest thing ever. I want one, for my DF.

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#9508
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
Just Awesome Transit!

Wow!

I actually like the fuzzyness in some pictures. And I LOVE the cold light, as though you are actually outdoors on a misty morning in some minotaur maze... Are you a writer? Your text is awesome and creepy...

Stefan.

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I actually saw it first before I logged on and all the pictures were cropped and bigger for some reason. I liked that even better!, it was even more mysterious and wierd...after I realized I was not logged in, I did so and then saw the pictures again uncropped which were great but not as incredible as the close up very much cropped version I saw unlogged...it made the story so much more mysterious and creepy...
Edit: HHmmm. the cropped pics don't seem to have anything to do with logging in or out...probably just taking time to upload the pics...
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#9509
Enter the Den of Evil 8 Years, 11 Months ago  
I am afraid... much fear... sob... don't want to go... er... wait!!! I AM the DM!!!! COOL!!!!

Truly enjoyable Transit!! Thank you!!!
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I want my DF Spiderweb Accesories Set!!! ^O^U
 
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