DM Riches: Dungeon Tiles Go 3D

Dungeon Tiles from "Harrowing Halls" set

Encounter area created using Harrowing Halls Dungeon Tiles

Some of my favorite Dungeons and Dragons accessories in recent years have been the Dungeon Tile product line.  While I’ve written about free methods of creating your own Dungeon Tiles, I appreciate the quality of those published by Wizards of the Coast.  With their two most recent sets, WOTC have added three-dimensional elements to their tile sets allowing for even more interesting map and room layouts. 

The first set to include 3D elements is DU6 Harrowing Halls

2 of the 6 tile sheets contain 3D elements, the remaining 4 sheets consists of mostly wooden floors and furnished rooms with wooden floors.  The 3D elements can assemble as either stone or wooden construction.  The pieces include platforms: 2 pcs 2″ x 4″ x 1″ high, 1 pc 2″ x 2″ x 2″ high, 1 pc 4″ x 4″ x 2″; a 2″ x 4″ x 2″ high set,of stairs, a 2″ wide doorway, and 3 tables.  Also among the 2D tiles is a 2″ x 8″ tile which includes a wooden bridge to stretch between your choice of platforms. 

The second set with 3D elements is DU7 Desert of Athas.

Again, 2 sheets out of 6 are used for 3D elements, the remaining tiles tend to be desert sands on one side, with water and some greenery elements on the other.  The 3D pieces include: a  4″ x 4″ x 2″ high platform of a more sand colored stone, which can reverse to a small adobe/plaster style house, a 2″ x 4″ x 2″ set of stairs colored to go with the large platform, a 2″ x 8″ x 1/2″ high platform printed up as a dock on one side, with gray stone on the other, a 2″ x 4″ x 1/2″ high platform again decorated in the dock/stone combination, a small market stall, a small wooden cart, and a 1″ x 2″ table that reverses to a stone sarcophagus. 

Overall I really love the sets, they assemble fairly easily, though it might be nice if they added some instructions, especially for some of the more unusual elements like the cart and market stall.  I’ve debated about weather the tabs should be a little longer, but as things assemble now, the tabs are close to flush allowing miniatures to stand flat on the various platforms, so I think they’re probably about the right length.  The inclusion of so many water tiles in a desert theme set might be a bit surprising, but I am glad to have those tiles, and I’m looking forward to using them with my RPGA ship tile. 

While I’ll still make use of my free tiles, I also expect I’ll wind up with 2 copies of each of these sets, and if your budget allows, I definitely recommend you buy  a set of each.

Additional photos on my flickr page.

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