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#14353
Rooms: Spider Webs 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
"Rooms" is an idea for expansions to the Fantasy line that enhance the existing pieces without creating an entirely new line. A "Rooms" set is not necessarily a room unto itself -- it might be just a few pieces that allow the builder to add pieces to other DF sets to evoke scenes and environments not previously available.

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One of the real classics in dungeon adventuring is the room full of giant spiders. So why not have pieces and/or accessories to bring the room full of webs to life? Whether the webs consist of big ropy strands, fine fluffy cobwebs, or a combination of both, spider webs would be a wonderful addition to our DF set-ups.

In a R:SW set, I'd love to see two straight 2" walls with webs (one where the webs form a sort of leaning tent against the wall, one where they form a standing triangle between the squares on the floor), one straight 4" wall (unless it drives the cost of the set too far up), and two corner pieces. Alternatively, if done correctly, the webs could be stand-alone pieces that fit against walls and corners without actually being attached -- which would allow the GM to quickly remove the webs when the players get out their torches and Fireball spells.

Originally, I had the idea that a webs set should include two standard red column with webs on them, and two columns connected by webs, and maybe it still should. But as above, it shouldn't be too difficult to create a column of freestanding webs, wide at the bottom and top and narrow in the middle; I'd also like to see a 2" long wall or barrier of webbing.

For extras, consider a webbed-up body (to lay on the floor, or "suspended" in a column of webbing), a drained husk (in the position not used for the webbed body), and a dead spider laying curled up on the floor.

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of freestanding pieces. Two to go against walls, one to tuck into a corner, two web "columns", and possibly a "web wall" with one or two of the suggested extras would make a set of six to nine pieces. (Ten to thirteen if you put the red columns back in...) If necessary, a second set could be made to fit in Caverns.

What do you think?

As ever, if you have alternatives, please share. Post pix if you have them!
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#14354
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Neat ideas.
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62 sets and counting. In addition, a boatload of individual pieces or sets of pieces.
 
#14355
Rooms: Spider Webs 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Jack -

At the risk of sounding terribly trite;

"Deliciously evil."

I LIKE it!

See ya!

Jim
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#14356
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I remember making spider webs with Tester's glue back when I was a kid. All you had to do was smear it on your fingers (I think it's non-toxic) and rub them together. When you spread your fingers, you get a number of web-like strands. I bound up some plastic Army figures in cocoons of "silk."

The only problem would be that the strands are not going to last. They're ephemeral as the spiderwebs they resemble, and are very prone to being destroyed.

This, though, might work to your advantage. If your players want to explore a section of dungeon or cavern that is covered in webs, you could set this up and then remove it as they explored, revealing something hidden within.

That, or get a pet spider and let her spin her web in some of your Master Maze. I know my wife would NOT like that option. ;)
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#14357
Rooms: Spider Webs 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
I remember making spider webs with Tester's glue back when I was a kid. All you had to do was smear it on your fingers (I think it's non-toxic) and rub them together. When you spread your fingers, you get a number of web-like strands. I bound up some plastic Army figures in cocoons of "silk."

... . ;)

You are talking Testor's model glue, right?
Are you feeling well these days Kradlo?
I hope you did not play with it much because it was QUITE toxic.

I remember back when Testor's tried a lemon-scented version back in the 70s.
Several teens killed themselves sniffing the stuff.
Boy, was there an uproar!

I would not recommend for anyone to "play" with Testor's in the fashion you recall Kradlo.
Instead, I recommend going to your local party supply place and buy spray-on spider webbing that they sell for Halloween.
It is not toxic unless you eat it.
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#14358
Rooms: Spider Webs 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Well, that explains some references from "That 70s Show"...

It's a good idea, but I'm a little concerned about the clean-up on spray-webbing.
Does it come of without solvents or water?
Does it come off in a contiguous mass, or will I have to clean it out of the crevices in the stonework?
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#14359
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Rabidfox, that might explain a whole lot about my growing years. ;)

Honestly, though, thanks for bringing up the toxicity of Testor's glue. The LAST thing I want to do is to direct people to do things that are potentially hazardous to their health.

I recently walked into an office for a company that produces adhesives - i.e., glues. They had large open containers in their foyer, and the fumes were horrible. Their receptionist seemed a bit loopy, and I think breathing those fumes, even filtered through a doorway, must cause some serious brain damage over time. I know I sure as heck wouldn't want to work there. I didn't stay long, and won't be going back without a gas mask.
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Rooms: Spider Webs 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Well, that explains some references from "That 70s Show"...

It's a good idea, but I'm a little concerned about the clean-up on spray-webbing.
Does it come of without solvents or water?
Does it come off in a contiguous mass, or will I have to clean it out of the crevices in the stonework?

I will have to check on that.
A guy I knew back in the late 90s in Baltimore did that and I do not remember how tough his cleaning job was.
Maybe JK can remember who it was exactly if he has crossed the guy's path.
The guy said he never missed any of the cons back there so maybe JK has run into him.
I think his name started with a "D", but I had not thought of him for years until this thread so I am a bit fuzzy on the name.
Sorry.
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#14361
Rooms: Spider Webs 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
I am actually very curious of a good way to make webs, i know there were some custom DF pieces that were up on ebay, that had some really nice webs, and some one had a picture with webs all through out their layout (i want to say either L or invincibleoverlord, but can't remember for sure... I just want to find a way to do that or somehtign similar for a setup i want to do...

Anybody know rememebr what i am talking about?
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#14362
Rooms: Spider Webs 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Hi guys!

I talked to my gamer friend Joe, and he suggested using a hot glue gun; the melted glue "strings" quite well, and most hot glues for home use are non-toxic, or at worst, only mildly toxic (stoner, not dead). And that only when still hot.

So, it looks to me like the hot glue is the recommended way to go.

See ya!

Jim
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#14363
Rooms: Spider Webs 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Yeah, i have been seeing a few places on the net (mostly over at the Games Workshop page, Shelobis lair) that most use a Glue Gun, just wondering if there was another way. I remember a great caverns set up from here with a different look and was wondering how it was done.
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