When the D&D tile Sets first started to come out, I was not a big fan. Sure, I’ve enjoyed the use of miniatures with my gaming, but I never saw the point to using pre-designed pieces of cardboard to try and construct your maps. My group has always relied on the grace and beauty of dry erase grid boards (Tact-Tiles I believe).
However, recently, I’ve decided to give these tile sets a chance and see what they’re all about. Especially since there’s enough of them out now to make it worth while. Admittedly, my interest was sparked after reading several good reviews regarding them. And given that I like to hear gamer opinions about most products before testing them out, I figured “What the hell?”
And now, here I am, a large # of tile sets later and a wallet a good number of dollars lighter, looking over Wizard’s latest release, Caves of Carnage.
My first impressions were as they have always been with the past tile sets I’ve picked up. The artwork is top notch as always and the smaller add-ons (Such as the bridges) are a nice touch. However, one of the problems I’ve found with a number of the tile sets is that many of them do not line up quite properly in terms of walls between tiles. The cut of them too is off by a hair on some tiles, but I’m not too bothered by that.
Another problem I have is on the larger 8×8 tiles. Wizards printed corpses on the tile itself, which is kind of distracting. Given that the title is “Caves of Carnage”, the corpses are understandable. But I would have hoped to see them on 1×2 square tiles so they can be placed anywhere.
On the upside, the tiles themselves work great for small caves that branch off of things such as sewers(Streets of Shadow), woodlands (Ruins of the Wild), and dungeons (Any of the dungeon oriented sets). But as a stand alone, they falter a little as they may made for decent smaller caves, but nothing like what could be done with Lost Caverns of the Underdark.
All in all, I’d give this a 3/5 rating and highly recommend them to those who’ve already aquired the tile sets I mentioned above as this does make for a great expansion for them (4/5 in that case). But not so great as a stand alone.