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Novakidx
02-25-2009, 05:20 PM
I was wondering before I save up to buy a tile set
are there ANY required materials i need if i am going to use the tiles
[i so far only have the basic starter set]
[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/dndacc/9780786950195
this is the product]

sounds stupid i know...just checking
i mean if there are trap tiles in the set or something...

Grimwell
02-25-2009, 11:44 PM
Required materials? No. They are just tiles.

I have a few sets and the only requirement I have found is "More!"

Mainly because you can't expect a tile to answer for every situation. ;)

Kalanth
02-26-2009, 09:12 AM
I have all the sets and I don't use them nearly enough. That is from not knowing the tiles all that well, though, and nothing else. These are great for adding a touch of spice to an encounter and I love using them.

cplmac
02-26-2009, 10:47 AM
I agree with both Grimwell and Kalanth. I also like how it makes it easier to show how the passages go. The only problem is when you don't have a tile that matches the way the room and entrances & exits are, or the direction that a passage goes or splits up.

wbrandel
02-26-2009, 02:15 PM
I have a few sets and the only requirement I have found is "More!"

I agree I own most of the sets and found them highly useful and you always want more.


The only problem is when you don't have a tile that matches the way the room and entrances & exits are, or the direction that a passage goes or splits up.

And that is why the vinyl battle grid maps will always be around. I use the tiles on top of a battlegrid for when that happens.

spotlight
02-26-2009, 02:51 PM
I love tiles myself, but they are not inexpencive like the ad claims. You said yoursalf that you gotta save up for them. I have a 8' by4' white board and a hand full a colored dry erace markers. And a grid paper to keep hard copy of maps on.

Novakidx
02-26-2009, 04:08 PM
the reason I want the tiles is because
i'm making a series of quests and the next part is in a secret underground cave
so i figured the cave tiles would...well..make it beater

Grimwell
02-26-2009, 11:53 PM
The combo of tiles + dry erase is all win. I find the tiles fairly priced at $10/pack but if you go gonzo in one wave it can be expensive. Better to just buy it here and there ;)

Skunkape
02-27-2009, 08:52 AM
My only issue with any type of terrain, other than a mat and markers is that it has a tendency to shift when bumped, unless it's heavy, like with terrain made with plaster. What I would suggest when using any kind of terrain is find a way to allow it to be temporarily stuck to the table that you're playing at. Either with painter's or draftsman's tape, it'll keep the piece from moving and shouldn't harm the piece when you pull it off at the end of the session.

cpljarhead
02-27-2009, 02:15 PM
might i suggest that you laminate the tiles first then use the tape to keep on the board. the laminate will keep the tiles free of anything that could be spilled on them too.

Novakidx
02-27-2009, 03:10 PM
My only issue with any type of terrain, other than a mat and markers is that it has a tendency to shift when bumped
yeah i notice that

Grimwell
03-02-2009, 01:23 AM
The challenge that I'm struggling with is how to store it all and make it accessible when needed, but not a pile to dig through. Anyone have tips?

Skunkape
03-02-2009, 07:22 AM
The challenge that I'm struggling with is how to store it all and make it accessible when needed, but not a pile to dig through. Anyone have tips?

I think that's a problem with any terrain that you have, even 3D terrain. About the best thing that I can say to do would be try and organize them as best you can and use some sort of divider system so that you only have to look through groups of tiles instead of the whole pile. Also, you might consider at least during game time, storing those groups horizontally, like books on a book shelf, easier to get to a particular group of tiles that way.

Novakidx
03-02-2009, 09:24 PM
i made the quest with the starter tiles
because local [pen and card games] stores didn't stock them [tile set i want]

Kalanth
03-03-2009, 09:09 AM
My storage system is simple, but still time consuming. I store the pieces in various size zip-lock bags based on size. I just dig through the day before the game to ensure I have the right tile pieces for the dungeon when game time hits.

Novakidx
03-03-2009, 03:36 PM
i have a huge bag with them all in there

Kalanth
03-03-2009, 04:11 PM
i have a huge bag with them all in there

Oh no, I have mine in seperate bags stuffed into certain compartments of an old back pack.

tesral
03-03-2009, 05:55 PM
File folders. And a box of course.

spotlight
03-04-2009, 11:58 AM
I do have a few 'tiles'. In a file box just for my hand drawn on 3x5 cards. He He.

Grimwell
03-07-2009, 08:05 PM
I have mine in a ziplock bag for now. Rummaging through to find the right one is no fun. I'm trying to sort out how to make stands like the ones for Scrabble tiles that would work for these. Then I could have them organized, on the table ready to go, and use as needed.

Haven't got there yet. :)

Novakidx
03-07-2009, 09:04 PM
i could have gotten the cave ones at a bookstore
but i'm saving up for a PHB