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#16035
Some different ideas??? 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
I posted this one earlier today, but probably in the wrong section...sorry about that. I guess any new ideas should go in this part of the forum...
1) I'd love to see some rooms/passages with an "Egyptian-like" atmosphere. Possibly a treasure chamber rich with hieroglyphs and connecting mummy tomb with decorative sacarphogus(s) and obelisks...very cool. This could possibly be a tie-in for the Sci-Fi fans as well-- I'm thinking StarGate with the worm-hole portal, which leads me into...
2) I'd love to see a cool alternative for connecting all of your expansions together...something apart from the normal stairways or even passages. I have a custom built game table 6'x8' and it's still not BIG enough to connect it ALL together! How about some very cool looking "portals". I'm sure that the creative minds there could dream up a floor piece (or free-standing item for that matter) of a decorative portal that could be used where the dungeon dead-ends and you really don't want it to : ) (if that makes sense). That Den of Evil is way to cool to be able to gain access by a passage or staircase. It should be accessible only by "portal" and again this could be the "magical" teleportation variety or for the Sci-Fi fans, one appearing to be a work of science for teleporting.
3) This one might be "out there", but I'm 45 and you can blame it on my old age...probably too many D & D games under my belt -- I would love to see you guys make a Dwarven Forge, Dungeon Master Screen! Not some flimsy cardboard or cardstock. I'm talking true Dungeon Master atmosphere! I envision this groundbreaking "screen" (for lack of a better word), to be made of the famous DF Poly stone that you use for your dungeons! Just not quite as heavy, or thick. Maybe a 3-tier folding (w/Dungeon-door hinges???) 1/2" thick, with "sleeves" on the GM side to insert any tables, maps, images, etc. that the GM can customize on his own. The side facing the players of course would be extremely rich with Stefan's Art! A blood-red dragon bursting out from the entire length of the dark stonework??? ...D & D like artifacts throughout each of the 3 panels??? Surprise me (us)! I do know that after 30 years as Gamemaster/DM, I'm tired of buying yet another DM screen. Think about it please! A DF-DM Screen!!! You heard it here first! One you can use over and over -- and customizable to the individuals needs. If you guys can come up with such a thing...stand-by, because every DM in the world is going to want one. You'll have some shipping problems to think about then! *laughs* Put me down for two of these as pre-order please!
4) With a game table covered with DF Caverns/Rivers/Lakes, you can't really throw your dice onto the resin pieces and the dice rolls can kill your table over time, as well. I envision a new "DF Dice Tray" that Stefan makes (and everyone will HAVE TO GET) to be about 10 inches diameter with black felt inside to welcome your dice rolls in style!! The tray shape could be of at least 2 choices: square shaped in polystone resembling a small castle or similar and the 2nd one could be round or octagonal version resembling a dragon's nest or the like...extremely rich with decorative atmosphere, of course!! I think this would be an extremely popular item to purchase for both the collector and the hard-core gamer alike.
5) I would love to see a "ceiling" on my dungeon cavern. A CAVERNOUS DOME that sits on top of the multi-layer walls. One with serious stalagtites to top the whole thing off for that "final battle"! I seriously feel the it would give a better sense of depth for that Dragon and his wing-span. Of course it couldn't be a "whole dome"...probably couldn't see your miniatures very well, but give me a Half-Dome. That would be cool! Taking it a step beyond that, maybe there could be a couple of square holes cut-out in the top of this DF Cavern Dome where "special large stalagtite inserts" could be installed. These stalagtites could be standard variety and then when PCs venture beneath them, the DM pulls the standard ones out and inserts...DarkMantles with tentacles (see D&D MM page 39) or stalagtite with large spiders, giant bats, vampire or anything that generally hangs from giant cave ceilings. The center stalagtite could be removed altogether, leaving a square hole in the roof and the PCs actually enter your cavernous dungeon with a 100ft rope from the ruined temple or monastary layout from up above! Now we're talking! That would be cool to see a long rope dropped down into my sleeping dragon's den!
6) I would also like to see a special river or lake piece made by DF. one with a PILE of treasure half submerged. I envision this square water piece to have rubies and gems seen below water level (like the fish) along with a pile of gold that is spread half below water level and piling up about a half inch above the surface.
7) I would love to see a "River and Lake Traps set"! A few more unique water tiles to spice up that tranquil river setting that we currently have. How about a river tile with a subtle ripple effect and then another tile with some white foam and maybe a third with some white water effect to show rough waters ahead? I'd like to see a river tile with a large "whirlpool" or water vortex effect made within the resin, if it's possible. If not, then possibly an open-water, lake tile with resin banked to one side slightly in a curved fashion. If 4 such Open Lake tiles were connected together in a square, I envision a LARGE Whirlpool effect with the 4 tiles! This would be very cool as a whirlpool trap for those raft riders, an entry point to introduce that giant Water Naga arriving on the scene, or even a "down-the-drain" entrance for the raft riders to plunge into the next Cavernous River/Lake level below! Maybe the river based treasure tile mentioned previously could be added in to make this the River/Lake traps and treasure set.
8) I would love to see Dwarven Forge's interpretation of a "Spider Queen's Cavern" or Lair! Such a layout would fit in nicely with the current cavern sets that we have. I envision the passages to reach such a lair to be a little different from the standard cavern passages and dungeon walls...maybe curved (vertically) in construction. Not curved too much, but enough so that when the passages are put together, it would somewhat resemble a "tunneled" passage layout; still allowing miniatures to be moved around. Artistically speaking, I'm not sure how you could make the webbing effects, but I'm sure Stefan could pull it off. The curved passage pieces should have some sort of webbing effect heavily throughout; possibly webs "petrified" within the ancient, stone tunneled walls themselves! That could look great! I envision the Spider Queen's lair itself to be very intensive with the petrified webbing effects with cocoon-like structures built into the cavern wall pieces and large refuse piles of hardened webbing, rusted weapons and body parts piled up into some of the actual tile floor pieces. Large, round, spiderweb cocoons could also be built into a couple of floor pieces with maybe one floor tile showing a large cocoon that is intact, while another floor piece would show an exploded or "opened" cocoon. There could easily be a SCI-FI tie-in with a set such as this, with an alien-insectoid creature nesting here instead of a D&D Spider Queen. The slightly rounded "tunnel" passage as described could be used for entry into the Spider Queen's lair or...maybe even that SEWER that some others are suggesting DF make!
9) Yes, Dwarven Forge has them all beat with those labyrinths deep-down below, but how about backing up a click, to where most adventures start? How about an "above-ground" set? With Stefan's tested use of the resin(water) in the floor tiles, I'd love to see that water blacken a bit for a DF Swamp Set! Mix in some dark cypress knees, an array of thick, black, dead trees with heavy roots in the water and it could be a haunted bog/hell-swamp that drips with EVIL. Add in a few swamp tiles with "bad things" in the water, fallen tree trunks for natural bridge passage and a couple of "clearing" tiles for that NightHag and/or Were-Rat encampment and you have an above ground setting with some flavor! Cap it off with some cool tiles for an above ground Crypt/Ruins with an unforgettable entrance into the lower depths and we'll tie it all together -- Imagine your minis wading through a twisting, snake-infested swamp setting in search of the outlying, Nosferatu crypt-ruins that until recently, have long been lost through the passage of time... the crypt ruins with the secret entrance that LEADS down into those famous DF Dungeons and Caverns!
10) What WOULD actually lie below numerous tiers of caverns, underground rivers and cavernous lakes...many levels deeper??? Maybe a "Cavernous Dragon Graveyard" and adjoining "Dragon's Lair/Treasure Chamber"!
If such a set were to happen, I envision this mythical place to look...well, very "Mythical". I see the passages of the cavern walls to be of a much darker stone and/or mineral when we start to venture that deep...maybe black, volcanic, obsidian stone with more jagged edges in the wall-work than what we have seen so far. Embedded in these ebon-walls could be large skeletal structures that have been fossilized over time. A huge skull w/attached
spine-work might run down a long stretch of passageway. Wing-shaped skeletal structures might be seen in the walls further down. Prehistoric Lizards or Pteradactyl Flyers you ask? ...ummm, no. -- DRAGONS! I see these passages as described above, culminating into a large "Dragon's Graveyard" where Stefan's artwork could just...run amok! There could be fossilized dragon bones, teeth, horns, claws, wings and tails (dragons have such a cool anatomy!) jutting out of both floor and wall pieces here and there. Maybe in one large cavern wall, there could even be a full-size, Dragon Lich that "appears" to be petrified within the wall! I also envison a new passage that would attach to this graveyard and lead to an adjoining treasure chamber, where the real beast awaits! I envision the walls leading into this trove to have raw ruby crystals jutting out... or maybe "veins" of gold throughout the wall pieces! When the players enter this treasure chamber, they should say the same thing that they said when they saw my cavernous river layout -- "Oh My GOD" were the words as I recall. From either an artistic or gaming viewpoint, the possibilities are endless for what could be in this Dragon's treasure chamber! Just leave us a spot to plant that dragon mini! If such a set will ever be realized, it would definitely be the (!) after the title: Dungeons & Dragons!
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#16036
Some different ideas??? 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Neat ideas!

The Egyptian stuff might be really popular -- Bruce Hirst came out with Egyptian molds for his line, and they just exploded, people loved them. (If you haven't seen them, check out www.hirstarts.com and look at the forums for people's posted pics, as well as on Bruce's own "tips and tricks" pages)

I know that a lot of SF fans want to see that line fleshed out more, and of course new DoE expansions would be welcome, but I think Egyptian stuff might be cool, too. Only problem is that it is far more limited in use than everything else DF has been doing -- you could get some Stargateish SF use, and of course some fantasy, but it is never going to be as tabula-rasa-versatile as the regular dungeon or cavern pieces. That might cause some people to hesitate.

I LOVE the idea of connectors -- maybe that would make a neat limited edition set for fans -- something with pieces that explicitly (and imaginatively!) blend from SF to cavern or SF to dungeon or dungeon to DoE or DoE to SF or .. or. . or.. . Heck, a river dead-end piece on a SF section or DoE section would be REALLY cool! Or on a dungeon section, for that matter -- why can't the rivers go right INTO the dungeon?

Actually, that last idea has me drooling. . . I'd LOVE it. It would sorta match what some people have been asking for with sewers -- just rivers running along neatly carved out canals... mmmm.....

As for the DM screen -- there you're gonna run into licensing problems. The screen would have to have charts on it, and while d20 licensing makes it easier than it was a long time ago, I'm not sure how much Stefan wants to invest in that sorta thing.


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#16037
Some different ideas??? 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
Two things, here:

1.) Ghostmage, I thought I was bad with a 4'x8' table; YOU are even worse than I am (and anyone here will tell you I'm more than bad enough!).
2.) L, IF Stefan used Ghostmage's idea of clear insert pockets inside the screen, then DF would NOT be placing ANY charts, from ANY game system, on the screen. The user could insert whatever charts (s)he needs.

However, I wouldn't make the screen from Polystone, because that would be one HEAVY, awkward screen. I'd use aluminum in a polyethylene jacket, printed with whatever designs Stefan paints.

See ya!

Jim
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#16038
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D'oh! I musta missed that part!

Ah well -- I have to say, looking at my river and anticipating my lake, my wish list for DF is very small right now.

"Please let me rest!"

:)

I love the stuff, but I've grown used to the "1 item every 2 years" approach. Now I have DoE, CRW, and CL on the way, not to mention the mystery set. While I do have things I'd love to see for additions to all of these, I can't think of anything I'm dying for in the immediate future.

Other than, for the love of all that is holy, the SF furnishings. I am not a die-hard SF collector, but I'd love to see that line take off.

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#16039
Some different ideas??? 8 Years, 1 Month ago  
...and another thing that I'd like to see from Dwarven Forge, in a style and art that only THEY can do (to go along with the Dwarven Forge DM screen I mentioned previously). A "one-of-a-kind" Dice Tray!

If all of the DF collectors and die-hard gamers here in the forum are like me and JKratzer, we need something to protect our nice Game Tables...and our Dwarven Forge dungeon pieces. I layed out a grand Cavernous River/Walls set-up that quickly took up my monster table -- just wait until lakes arrive! You can't really throw your dice onto the resin pieces and the dice rolls can kill your table over time, as well.

I envision the new DF Dice Tray that Stefan makes (and everyone will HAVE TO GET) to be about 10 inches diameter with black felt inside to welcome your dice rolls in style!! The tray shape could be of at least 2 choices: square shaped in polystone resembling a small castle or similar and the 2nd one could be round or octagonal version resembling a dragon's nest or the like...extremely rich with decorative atmosphere, of course!! I think this would be an extremely popular item to purchase for both the collector and the hard-core gamer alike.

I have many more interesting ideas, but being the newcomer here on this forum, I don't want to scare anyone yet. You guys must think I'm crazy! I'll slowly trickle them all in here, a few at a time. I'm always looking to enhance the full gaming experience at my table...got a feeling that the customers that purchase your fabulous products are wanting the same.

Thanks L, for the web-site on the Egyptian stuff...not bad.

Here I thought that maybe I had an original idea with that one. Even still, my money goes down on the betting table that DF could DO BETTER than those!
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#16040
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Ghostmage -

Only thing I'm worried about, and I guarantee RabidFox* and others will be too, is that taking Stefan away from DF sets to do the Screen and the Dice Tray will slow down DF too far. This could have a deleterious effect on DF. If we have to choose between DF Screens and Dice Trays, and DF Dungeon, Sci-Fi, Cavern, and DoE sets, then screens and trays will have to go somewhere else to ge designed and manufactured!

Perhaps Ghostmage Industrie, Ltd., would care to enter an agreement with Dwarven Forge?

See ya!

Jim
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#16041
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Careful, Jim...*laughs* don't give me too many ideas. My "part-time" job as a biomedical engineer is probably suffering enough.

I must admit though, that company name that you invented does sound cool...hmmm, I love it!!

Regarding the DF DM Screen and Dice Tray...just brainstorming here for new ideas. Maybe it is time for Dwarven Forge to expand with more dungeon making people, artists, and... Ghostmage Industries, Ltd research & development??? *smiles* I definitely do not want them pulling resources away from making MY new dungeon pieces! I'm just throwing my wish-list out there and adding a twist. I can't help it -- it's in my DNA

Have a good one!
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#16042
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Fenryll (www.fenryll.com, select "English", go to the "Amazones" section) makes a nice portal that looks to be about 1"x1.5", but it has a nude Amazon warrior stepping out of it -- I don't know if she can be easily detached or not.
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#16043
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Hi Jackattack, man you guys can come up with some websites *laughs* That portal with the nude chick is ...different. I guess it's a European thing -- not exactly what I had in mind, but that's the general idea, I suppose.

I'm really high on the portal idea though. It would really solve a lot of dungeon connectivity limitations for us! I hope Stefan reads through these threads. I would love to get some of these ideas...and more, directly on his door-step.

Thanks for passing me the web-site.

~Cheers
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#16044
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jack -

WHAT???? de-TACH the chick!?!?!?!?!?
Are you CRAZY????? Detach the mirror, KEEP the chick (make a robe for her for when the kids are playing, or the missus is watching)!!!

All kidding aside, the mirror is a perfect mini-Stargate.

But yeah, Fenryll makes, or carries, a GREAT line of sculptures. Even if you DON'T get the nekkid chick ones.

See ya!

Jim
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#16045
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Hey, don't get me wrong, I'm just trying to keep THIS hobby family friendly...

Why not get two portals, detach the Amazon from one and attach her to the opposite side of the second portal, and have good and evil Amazons coming out of either side of the second portal?
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#16046
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Even better;
Get two, detach one, and paint them EXACTLY the SAME.
Swap them in and out of the setup as needed to have her popping in at the most opportune (or inopportune, as the case may be) moments.
And remember, the Amazons don't HAVE to be...unclothed. With proper paint jobs, they could just be wearing VERY form-fitting jumpsuits, the infamous Star Trek Lycra Spandex Spacesuits, or other apparel.
It's only our lewd, lascivious imaginations that insist they're nekkid.

Boys with toys, as Natalya, from GoldenEye, would have exclaimed - loudly.

Ain't we got fun?

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