Dungeon Porn

I’ve spent the last couple of hours browsing through Dungeon Porn.

Yes, you read that correctly. Now, depending on what you were thinking when you read the title of this article, your curiosity was piqued by what displays of unapologetic nerdery in Dungeons & Dragons I was perusing…

 

 

…or you immediately thought I was linking you to some sort of BDSM website, and have forgotten what kind of blog this is. If you are the latter, shame on you. You are a disgusting pervert. Leave.

If you are still with me, or are just lying to yourself (you know who you are!), let me tell you of a wonderful piece of fantasy gaming that’s making dungeon crawling an experience of epic proportions!

Back in my early days of gaming, when I was a wee lad in grade school with my very first Dungeons & Dragons Box set (No no…The 1983 Red Box; I was OLD SCHOOL, son!), I had little in the way of gaming supplies. Sure, I inherited my uncle’s entire D&D library, which was extensive, but I didn’t have the luxury of miniatures. That didn’t stop me or my friends, however; we were creative lads, and pillaged our LEGO Castle sets for character minis and dungeon tiles. They were perfect at the time; the knights with their swords and wizards with pointy hats satisfied our need for a proper representation, and the raised pegs on the bricks and flats were great approximations for the squares of grid paper still used today to measure space on a battlefield. Still, however, we did long for the gaming terrain seen in Dungeon magazines, and the high-quality awesomeness of Ral-Partha miniatures that all of the other cool gamers had.

…and thus, LEGO decided to just take the idea and make a game out of it!

Nowadays, intricate terrain and painted miniatures, be they pre-painted or lovingly hand-painted and customized, are a staple of gaming. In fact, most people will NOT let you play a game of Warhammer unless your minis are painted. It’s a sort of rite of passage for most gamers to have painted a few miniatures, right next to buying your first core rulebook and snagging a Crown Royal bag to hold your dice.

 

 

Crown Royal: The world’s foremost maker of fine dice bags…oh, and they make whiskey, I guess.

Miniatures have become more affordable in recent years, with the influx of prepainted plastic minis, but good terrain is still out of the range of affordability for most gamers. Most gaming groups simply use graph paper for major combats and leave the rest to the imagination.

 
If you want the “Rolex” of gaming terrain, you go to Hirst Arts for their “Castlemolds” line. It’s a do-it-yourself plaster mold kit that you cast and paint yourself. While the castlemolds require work to achieve the end goal, the result is visually amazing.

A game of Descent with custom Castlemold board pieces.

A mold for a single building or set of figures will run you around $35-50 (not including the cost of plaster). Unfortunately, it’s not a lot of bang for your buck. This is, in the end, really only something for the devoted gamer with plenty of disposable income.

Castlemolds: Beautiful, but you’ll end up draining your coffers of every last gold piece.

I wasn’t rightly prepared for the discovery of a line of gaming terrain called “Terraclips” for a miniatures wargame called “Malifaux.” At this year’s GenCon, I happened by a huge display at the World Works Games booth that had the most gorgeous full-dungeon setup I had ever seen. Upon closer inspection, and a few questions posed to the representative at the booth, I found out that this magnificent model was made entirely of clipped-together CARDSTOCK.

The World Works Games booth at GenCon 2012.

According to World Works Games:
TerraClips™ is a highly modular 3D terrain system which is 100% table ready. Simply punch out the robust die-cut components and clip them together using our patent pending TerraClips™ connector system . No printing, no cutting, no painting, no crafting skills required. TerraClips offers time constrained gamers the ultimate solution in modular tabletop terrain construction.

 
They’re high-quality glossy full-color cardstock that can be arranged any way the game master chooses, making it an invaluable gaming resource. What’s the icing on this cake? These huge dungeon sets are $50. Smaller “encounter sets” are even cheaper.

 
Pictures speak louder than words, as the saying goes. Here are just a few photos of the Terraclips line, along with the brand new “Dungeon Rise” line.

 

Terraclips is one enticing lady…she’s a head-tuerner, for one. You can’t just steal a glance; you have to do a double-take. She flirts you up and laughs at your groan-worthy jokes and your stupid wizard tricks. She’s interesting, good-looking, and knows how to have fun. She’s also a cheap date, so she won’t empty your wallet. After a few great dates, she’ll leave you wanting to see her again. Soon, you’ll probably be thinking of commitment and forsaking all other gaming terrain for her. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating your anniversary playing a rousing Dungeons & Dragons campaign on her…and she’ll be every bit as beautiful as the day you married her. Of course, that means you have to share her with a bunch of others…

 
…okay, so it isn’t a PERFECT metaphor. Bite me.

 
Terraclips has more than one line of gaming terrain; The Malifaux line, the new DungeonRise line, and the newly available Deadfall “wild west” line…

 

…OH MY GOD! The PERFECT DEADLANDS TERRAIN!

 

Also included in the upcoming lines are “Inn of the Feisty Friar,” complete with beautiful props and furniture. Lastly, there’s an entry for “Sector Sigma,” which I’m guessing is a Sci-Fi themed terrain line. There’s a wide variety of “SwiftScenic” terrain for your games with various themes. It’s less flexible than Terraclips, but it’s still the perfect touch for any Roleplaying Game.

 
I’m not certain what Terraclips has planned for the future, but I hope that they plan to expand their line tenfold. High-quality gaming terrain this good at such an affordable price should make bank for the company, and have a following of many happy gamers!

 
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I need a cigarette…

 

 

Get your terrain fix at:
World Works Games
http://www.worldworksgames.com/store/

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Posted on October 17, 2012, in Role-Playing Games and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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