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#56766
Early impressions 6 Months, 1 Week ago  
My Game Tiles arrived yesterday, and I managed to leave work a couple hours early to go play with them. I set up a decent sized dungeon, and painted a few pieces to get a feel for the paints. I'm afraid I was a bit too distracted to get many pictures, but I'll try to get more tonight. I won't have the chance to actually run a game with them for a while. My next session is in a week and a half, but it's all outdoors and natural caverns. Maybe the one after that? I've run games with my own Hirst Arts dungeons, though, and I expect these to work at least as well.

I'm just going to run through all the different things in the box and give my thoughts on them. I got 3 sets, plus one of each addon except the diagonal wall pack. I also got the paints and brushes. I'll start with the simple stuff, and leave the actual tiles for last.

The Tote
I'm the one with the gaming table, so my players usually come to me. As a result, this won't be used to carry Tiles very often. I do expect it to be my new favorite grocery bag; it's sturdy, good looking canvas. It's simple, but very nice.

The Paints
First of all, the bottles these paints come in really are great. My girlfriend (an artist) picked up one of the bottles to inspect it; when she twisted the cap to open it, she got this astonished look on her face and just kept opening and closing it. The caps are very smooth to use, and the paint flows very well through them. The consistency of the paint is exactly right, and it stays wet for a long time on the palette. The only problem I can see is that there are only 4 colors. I want more!

The Brushes
It's a little difficult to judge the brushes without seeing how they hold up over time, but so far, they're excellent. They do the jobs they were meant to do. The hair is obviously coarser than my nice sable brushes, but that's not a problem for rough terrain work. If they stand up to extended use and are reasonably priced when they go on sale here, I will probably buy more.

The Tiles
On to the main event! The tiles are pretty much how I expected them to be. The material is quite stiff, but will flex with enough pressure. Thinner pieces will flex much more easily. It's heavy enough not to shift around too much, and the texture of the material grips on to the acrylic sheet I have in my table.

The sculpts are excellent, and the pieces all fit together with minimal issues. They certainly fit better than my HA dungeons, and I spent a lot of time trying to make those fit well.

A few pieces showed some slight warping, either from cooling improperly after being cast or from pressure during shipment. I have a couple doors that are difficult to open and close, and one that has one side of the frame bent slightly outward, giving it a strange look. A few of the straight walls are bent slightly (less than 2mm) inward or outward. For the most part, though, all the pieces are exactly how they should be. The one major exception is the larger floor pieces, both the ones in the floor pack and the pool for the CoS addon. It looks like these were cast as two pieces, the actual sculpted piece and a separate piece that inserts into the bottom (for stability?). Every one of these pieces is bowed up slightly at the corners. It's not a dramatic effect, and isn't very noticeable in a dungeon, but it makes the floors somewhat uneven at those corners, and shifts the pieces around it very slightly. I think the insert pieces are just barely too large, and that is pushing the rest of the piece outward and upward.

Aside from that issue, I haven't found any major flaws. I'm very happy with the Tiles I got, and I'll probably order a few more once they're available again.
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#56768
Re:Early impressions 6 Months, 1 Week ago  
Thanks for the report!
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#56772
Re:Early impressions 6 Months, 1 Week ago  
Great write-up, thank you! I am so glad the paints are working out well. It sounds like DF has a new success on their hands. It is too bad about the corners of the large floor pieces. I wonder how to remedy that...
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#56775
Re:Early impressions 6 Months, 1 Week ago  
LegoRick wrote:
Great write-up, thank you! I am so glad the paints are working out well. It sounds like DF has a new success on their hands. It is too bad about the corners of the large floor pieces. I wonder how to remedy that...


I'm going to see if I can fix it with some weights, but I'm not terribly optimistic. Honestly, I hope it doesn't work, because if it does then it means the material might warp if not stored carefully. If I get really ambitious, I might see if I can remove that inner piece and cut it down a little.
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#56800
Re:Early impressions 6 Months, 1 Week ago  
I think they came out great. I did notice the corners on the pool (I didn't get the floor pack), and there's also a dimple in the middle of it, but I didn't notice problems with the regular pieces; maybe a couple corners that aren't quite square. I haven't found any door problems.

The material seems pretty durable; it's very firm without being brittle. It seems much lighter than the old material, it has a pretty different feel.

Gotta give credit to DF for having such a huge project come in right on schedule... even most big companies can't manage that.
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#56925
Re:Early impressions 6 Months ago  
Shadaraman wrote:
I have a couple doors that are difficult to open and close

When I read this I immediately thought of the AD&D Open Doors roll.


P.S. Thank you for the write up on the GT.
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