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#39312
New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
I've had the bug to pick up a few DF sets, but without ever seeing them in person I have been at odds at what to get. I'm able to afford about 4 sets right now (about $450). I'd love to get the caverns stuff, but the base set is out of stock which leaves me with the classic sets. I won't get as much use out of the medieval building sets so I am not considering them right now.

I've put together 2 ideas for the sets to purchase:
1 Room and Passage
1 Room set
1 Wicked Additions 1
1 Wicked Additions 2

or

1 Room and Passage
2 Room Set
1 wicked additions 1 or 2

My only fear is that I have extremely limited capabilities at creating hallways with either set up. The narrow passages seem to small to make decent 2" wide hallways. The room and passage set does not have any straight hallway pcs... like wicked additions 1. The advanced builder has 3 hallways, but most of the other pcs I don't know if I would use. Seems a bit expensive to drop $99 on 3 pcs when putting together a starting set. I'd get 2 Room and Passage sets and 2 Room sets, but I've heard the "appeal" drastically drops for PC's with just those basic sets after a few sessions.

I'm going to be running a new campaign soon of the pre-made wizards adventures (starting with Keep on the Shadowfell). My group only gets through about 2 or 3 encounters per night so that's about the area I am looking to build with DF pcs.

Any suggestions?
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#39313
Re:New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Hello and welcome to DF!

I'd go with your first configuration. The R&P + one Room set should provide you with enough corners to make lots of nice 2-3 encounter dungeon set-ups, and the WA sets provide those nice large floor tiles, plus the long walls which will really help as well. Further, the WA sets give you so many interesting bits that you can use in so many different & interesting ways that they are really invaluable. Throw in the curved wall and hallways and even the one long straight hallway with bricked up passage and you can make quite a few interesting and different layouts.

Rest assured though, that no matter what sets you buy, you WILL be pleased with your purchase. There is just nothing like the quality, look & feel of Dwarven Forge!
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#39314
Re:New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Go with your first option. That's what I started with. Don't sweat not having enough passage pieces. I find that the best way to use Dwarven Forge is for room setups, particularly with 4th edition D&D. Unless there is an encounter in a hallway, there really isn't a lot of need for those pieces. I use my hallway pieces as support structures for multi-level rooms.
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#39317
Re:New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
1 Room and Passage
1 Room set
1 Wicked Additions 1
1 Wicked Additions 2


It was my first order and I never regreted it so come on !
Your possiblities are great with those 4 sets.
Remember too your aren't forced to "close" the rooms with corners.
It gives you a full line of sight and a dramatic addiction with the great view of the scenery for your players around the table... something they won't forget...
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Cavern & Cavernous passages set / Cavernous Lake & River & Wall set / Advanced Builder set 1 &2 / Room & Passage set / Narrow Passage set & Wicked Addition set 1 & 2 / Deluxe Room set & Octagonal Room set / Trap set 1 & 2 / Fantasy Floor & Starter sets / Den Of Evil set & Room & Wicked Additions sets / Medieval Building & Expansion set / ROTA set 1 & 2 & entrance / Hellscape set / All Accessories
 
#39318
Re:New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
I feel your pain!
It took me a while to decide what I wanted to get as well. After consulting the various threads in the forum on this topic I ended up ordering:

1 Room and Passage
1 Room
1 Den of Evil Room
1 Fantasy Floor


I went through many different versions of my first order before settling on that one.

The Room and Passage set and the Room set seemed to be unanimous from those threads as basic starter sets so I went with those. I then settled on the Den of Evil to give me more room pieces and to use as a final encounter area for the big boss at the end of the session. Plus it is a limited set so I got one while they were still available.

With all the rooms I was now able to make I decided to take the Fantasy Floor set to actually have something in those rooms instead of just empty space and monsters. I am running a module that requires slave pits and the coffin looks very useful as well as the pentagram seems to fit well with the DoE room.

That was basically my logic for my first order. Now I just have to wait until it gets here.
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#39319
Re:New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Your first option seems like a good one to me, although just about any combo that includes a Room and Passage and a Room set is a pretty good one regardless. If you're that interested in the cavernous stuff (and you should be because its gorgeous), I believe the base set is supposed to be back in stock sometime in August. I think that was posted in the news section last month. Either way, you're sure to love DF- welcome to "the Addiction."
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#39320
Re:New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
I know I sound like a broken record to longtime DFers, but using the TileSystem software (or cobbling together some equivalent graphics on your own) will allow you to mess around with various combinations of tiles/sets to see how they suit your needs.

But the R&P, Room, WA-1, WA-2 combo is a solid first purchase bundle, IMO.

Welcome!
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#39321
Re:New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Thanks for the advise. I did play with the tile builder for a while, but it was difficult to see how certain pieces fit together (mainly narrow passages and doors). I ended up going with my first option. I thought about the Den of Evil, but decided against it. I have enough self made furniture and props to liven up the rooms so a change of floor and wall scenery isn't called for just yet. I would have jumped on 4 sets from the Caverns series if they were available. The ancients stuff looks great as well, but I wanted a standard dungeon feel. Thanks again for the advise. I'm looking forward for Tuesday when the sets arrive.
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#39323
Re:New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
I'm not positive, but I think the base Cavern set will be restocked in August. You can contact the owners and they should be able to confirm/deny this.
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#39328
Re:New to DF. Any suggestions? 4 Years, 1 Month ago  
Once you, as DM, have made the initial investment it may be possible to persuade the other members of the group (if you are a homogonous and long lasting group) to buy a set each?

Another 4 sets would get you a cavernous setting too.

(and so the addiction begins.....)


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