For a lot of people, one of the hardest part of role playing is the immersion. No matter how hard your game master tries you just can’t see the dragon’s lair. It’s hard to forget you’re just a person in a room narrating a story and taking actions. One of the simpler solutions to this is the use of miniatures or other tokens to represent characters and enemies on a map. For those of us who don’t get a feeling of immersion from a 2-D world there are 3-D terrain options out there, and amongst those Dwarven Forge is king. The biggest problem with 3-D terrain has always been cost, though. This leaves a lot of gamers wanting more without having to pay the price for these things, and they have been left wanting. That time, though, is now over.
Last year, Dwarven Forge announced via Kickstarter that they were launching a line of products using their “Dwarvenite”. They have replaced the resin they had used for years past for their various bits and pieces of terrain for dwarvenite since it is cheaper and more durable without sacrificing any detail to the overall product. Their first line was their dungeon tiles; a large assortment of modular board pieces that could be used to create all the sorceror’s lair, the cruel king’s tower, the tavern known as “The Last Rest” and wherever else your party may travel to. The dungeon tiles also had the ability to be purchased painted or unpainted, and a video tutorial was released to aid those brave enough to paint their own dungeon tiles. They launched the Kickstarter on March 25, 2013. The initial goal was $50,000, which can be viewed as. They had reached $86,000 later that day. The ended the drive on April 30th with a whopping $1,908,155 in total contributions.
This year Dwarven Forge is back with their heads held high and a new line of these awesome dwarvenite tiles: the cave tiles! Starting last Wednesday (3/12/14) this Kickstarter launched with a line of similar investment points and tile pieces. For those of us who have wanted and yearned for a more immersive roleplaying environment, the time to strike is now! At the $75 pledge level, you get one unpainted set of the cave tiles. However, at the $145 you will receive two of the unpainted sets as well as all the stretch goals. Considering they were fully funded within minutes, the only place for them to go up; meaning the room for stretch goals and additional add-ons is nearly limitless! I fully recommend that any serious game masters or frequent hosts of RPGs invest in this product. These pieces are truly durable and detailed, and make a great addition to any gaming collection.