Your trusty broadsword gleams in the torchlight as you look to your compatriots adventuring with you in this dank cavern. You signal for your archer to take the high ground and line up the perfect shot against the Gnoll raiders as your wizard prepares a spell of warding. The cavern walls drip with moisture, and strange fungi sprout up through cracks in the rock. Or.. at least... that's how the Dungeon Master describes the scene. All you see is a square grid of paper with some hastily made scribbles on it denoting rocky outcroppings. Are you tired of playing your epic miniatures games using pens, pencils, or, at best, a dry erase marker? Maybe it's time to upgrade your tabletop accessories. WizKids sent us several items from their WarLock series of Dungeon Tiles to check out, and we brought them to the table to see them in action.
What Are WizKids WarLock Dungeon Tiles?
WizKids WarLock Dungeon Tiles are sets of modular, 3D, fully-painted tiles for use in tabletop roleplaying games and, honestly, any other game that uses miniatures. There are currently two different main sets of WarLock tiles: Dungeon and Town & Village, with a third set - Caverns - available for pre-order at the time of this writing. Each set of tiles comes with everything you need to build out a major set piece scene, like a pivotal fight in the dank of a dungeon or a brawl in a taproom.
These modular pieces all fit together in a grid, with straight walls connecting to floors via their EZ WarLock clips. These clips - small, plastic pieces that fit in between the tiles - are by far the easiest tile clips I've ever used. They clip in easily, and (most importantly) are easily removed, while still keeping everything safe and secure.
What Are The WizKids WarLock Dungeon and Town & Village Tiles Like?
Let's start with the Dungeon Tiles. The set we received was an expansion set which included tall stone walls. Even without the base set (meaning we had little in the way of flooring), this expansion set made for a striking castle wall design. We placed it over a neoprene mat that featured grasslands, and it made for an excellent "ruined castle overgrown with moss" vibe.
I love the look of these tiles. The way the stones are constructed and painted create an incredibly dynamic look, without the run of the mill "square stone over square stone" approach. Also, the castle doors that come with this expansion set actually swing open and closed, which I found really tactilely pleasing. The set even includes small pieces to slot in to cover any gaps in your construction, though I found the unfinished look to be fine for my D&D party's needs.
Now let's check out the Town & Village set we received, which was technically an expansion but had everything we needed to create a full tavern (complete with a secret room in the back). I absolutely love the look of these tiles, and the way they interlock with each other. The contrast of white spackle with the brown wood is incredibly iconic-looking, and I especially love the half-height walls of this set. These half-height walls, in my opinion, are a stroke of pure genius. Sure, you're sacrificing a bit of realism, but now the whole table can see all angles of the action.
What Is The Upcoming WizKids Warlock Dungeon Tiles Caverns Set Like?
As much as I like the Dungeon tiles, and love the Town and Village tiles, the true show-stopper here is the upcoming Cavern set and all it's accessories. Instead of square pieces locking together to create a grid of stone or wood flooring, these tiles are all shaped like natural rock formations, and can be angled together to create a truly realistic-looking cavern.
I'm totally over the moon for these cavern tiles, and feel like they're a perfect addition to so many underground games. I laid down a magma-filled battle map, and by simply placing these tiles on top created a truly sweltering and dangerous situation for my gaming ground. I love the addition of perilous rope bridges, as well. Speaking of...
In the above photo, we added in elements from the Dripstone Bridges Accessory expansion to the Caverns set. With this set, you can now perch perilous rope bridges across intense chasms by setting them up on top of large dripstone outcroppings. The effect is palpable, and really hammers home the danger of this encounter we set up. We also received the Mushrooms and Pools, Stalactites and Stalagmites, and Spelunker's Docks Accessory expansions from WizKids. Though not necessary to building out a playable battle path for your miniatures, they push the overall look and feel of this set to entirely new levels, and add a fun and atmospheric effect to the scene. We decided to throw it all together for one big look at the Caverns sets. Behold!
From sprouting mushrooms (don't ask what they're doing so close to the magma) to jutting stalactites, and a perilous dock bobbing in lava (again, don't ask... it's magically protected), the full display of these sets all put together is nothing short of amazing.
What Are Our Final Thoughts On WizKids WarLock Dungeon Tiles?
These are, by far, the most easy to use and approachable RPG tile set we've ever reviewed. They're perfectly packaged and easy to store via the flat boxes they come in, so the shelf-space footprint of these sets is nowhere near as daunting as other brands we've seen. Also, especially with the Caverns set, this makes incredible terrain for miniature wargaming. We've used the Caverns set not only in our D&D home game, but also as blocking terrain in games of Warhammer, where it fits both in the Age of Sigmar fantasy setting and as strange alien outcroppings in Warhammer 40,000. All in all, this is a versatile dungeon tile system that deserves more attention.
Should I Buy WizKids WarLock Dungeon Tiles?
If you're looking to make a huge impact on your gaming table during a Tabletop RPG or wargaming session, these WizKids WarLock Dungeon Tiles sets will truly wow your table. It should be noted, however, that the MSRP on these sets isn't the cheapest, so if you're trying to game on a budget these may not be the perfect fit.
*All minis shown in the photographs above are WizKids miniatures, but they are not included with any WizKids WarLock Dungeon Tiles Sets.
The products used in the creation of this review were provided by WizKids.