I’d like to state that I’ve fallen in love with the Dungeon Tiles from Wizards of the Coast. While the debate about 4th edition rages on, I feel that this little product line has been sorely neglected. Let me give you a little rundown of the product, shall I?
For your crisp ten dollar bill (they retail at $9.95) you get one package of dungeon tiles. They come in (I think) 5 sheets of very thick cardstock (I’m talking maybe 1/10th of an inch thick) that’s been laminated with this very durable and water repellent plastic coating. They smell a bit funky coming out of the box, but I’ve spilled all manner of salsa and soda on these things and they’ve come out just fine. In other words, they’re more durable than you really need, even for us messy gamers.
Each of the tiles are doubled sided, which adds a lot of value. The newest set, Streets of Shadow, has the topside with street scenes and the other side as sewers: a very nice touch. Other sets aren’t quite that opposite, but all give you a lot of versatility.
Quite frankly, for your $10 you get a massively good deal. You can’t make a massive dungeon complex all at once with one set, but at that price you can afford to get multiples. My lovely wife actually got me 5 more sets for my birthday, bless her heart. With my 8 sets I can more or less make a dungeon so huge that it would take up about 3 of my dining room tables.
Visually they’re very nicely done, which is saying something considering how picky I am about my maps (being a professional and all). They really add a nice dynamic to the game, helping imaginations come alive (at least in our group). That right there was well worth my Hamilton.
So, to recap: they’re cheap (good), pretty (very good), and versatile (good). There’s literally no downside here, unless you somehow think they should be free. Well, they can slide around if you get overly excitable/clumsy and use a lot of the smaller tiles. But that’s about it.
To give you an idea of just what you can do with these things, I set up a part of the village that my players had to defend from kobolds. I must have spent a good 30 minutes finding a good setup, all of which was fun. As you can see, the end result is rather nice.