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Rick the Grumpy Gnome08 Aug 2022 1:59 a.m. PST

Following the fulfillment of the Kickstarter for Wildlands Dwarven Forge is releasing new stock to their retail website on the 10th of August 2022.


We only just got our Wildlands pledge, being among the last 10 backers to get their pledge.

If you are curious about our review, check out our unboxing blog post.


What are your thoughts on Dwarven Forge terrain? Has the new forest, swamp and mountain terrain in Wildlands changed your opinion?

CeruLucifus08 Aug 2022 2:23 a.m. PST

Magnetic and large tiles. I may have to invest in this one.

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2022 4:19 a.m. PST

GG, we need to keep DF a secret, at least until after Wednesday. ;-)

I used Wildlands and Dread Hollow to build a Weathertop for a LOTR game day this weekend. I used the Terrain Trays to pre-build 4 1x1 boards and flew them to the FLGS table. Easy-peasy!

45thdiv08 Aug 2022 4:25 a.m. PST

Very nice looking setup. I'm glad everything seems to blend into the overall look to you table. If you like tabletop world buildings, they are running a new Kickstarter for a new townhouse.


How do you like the hagglethorn buildings from a space perspective with putting figures inside the buildings?

Rick the Grumpy Gnome08 Aug 2022 4:52 a.m. PST

I debated with myself the Hunger Games aspect of the retail launch day Lost Pict but in the end decided to put the interest of Dwarven Forge and the public at large interest before my own. I am a bit foolish like that.

We will be backing Tabletop World's latest Kickstarter. We already have Townhouse 1 from a lucky eBay bid.

As for Hagglethorn Hollow, we love the buildings. But the small interiors are more annoying to me than to Mrs. GG. I would have liked some of the exterior steps to have been sculpted just a bit bigger as well. But overall we love the original resin buildings enough to get some 3d printed ones in the future from Printable Scenery (yes, we backed that Kickstarter too… even though we do not have a 3d printer).

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2022 5:16 a.m. PST

I found their dungeon terrain superb, but their prices made it untenable for me. I invested in printable 2D tiles, printing them on regular paper, covering them with clear Contact Paper (shelf liner vinyl, translucent), then I applied them to the glue side of peel-n-stick vinyl floor tiles. I cut them to shape, and they work superbly, for a fraction of the cost…

Then I discovered how much work they are to employ within a game; I discovered how they transform the RPG into a miniatures-based game; I learned how much this slows my games down, narrowly focusing it to the limited scope of a mini's game, drastically altering the dynamic flow of my RPG game sessions, for me, and my players.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good dungeon crawl, on occasion, but that is not my preferred style and approach to gaming. My players love my more open-ended style, with the occasional dungeon crawl.

I also love a good miniatures game -- I love 2e BattleSystem and 2e BattleSystem Skirmish! I just do not combine the two gaming interests very often. Not all of my players enjoy both types of gaming.

The DF terrain is superb, the gold standard, as it were. However, I find it too pricey, too heavy, too slow to use often. They would disrupt the flow of my games (wilderness, castle, city), except when I am running a dungeon crawl (see cost and time/effort concerns, above).

Having tried the various options, I have found, along with my players, that vinyl mats and markers work superbly, without the time/effort investments required by 2d and 3D terrain setups. I still do full 2D and 3D setups for one-off games. I just can't justify DF terrain for such infrequent uses. Cheers!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2022 5:52 a.m. PST

Am I reading this correctly? $112.00 USD for three painted trees?

Rick the Grumpy Gnome08 Aug 2022 1:14 p.m. PST

Fair points Sgt. Slag.

Terrain and miniatures can start to pull an RPG from the broad freedom of "theater of the mind" into the narrow focus of a tabletop wargame.

Mrs. GG and I like our games to have a narrative but we also like to be immersed in the visual aspect of terrain and miniatures.

And Dwarven Forge is expensive. No two ways about it.

We have tried various types of terrain from cardstock to 3d printed, model railroad pieces to home made, hand carved foam hills. Different things work best for different people. We like the durability, modularity and out of the box practicality of DF. But we do wish it was less expensive.

Rick the Grumpy Gnome10 Aug 2022 12:34 a.m. PST

79th PA for less expensive trees I would recommend the new conifer pack coming to retail today. Unpainted but three trees with good line of sight blocking rocky bases. Easy enough to paint if you follow the painting guidelines on the DF website.

48 dollars.


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2022 6:07 a.m. PST

Thanks, but still way overpriced.

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