Call me a completest, call me WOTC’s bitch, but despite my initial claims to friends and to myself that I was not going to pick up a copy of the DTMS: The Dungeon set (mainly due to the uncertainty of acquiring more tiles that I already had compared to what I did not), my inner geek decided to take a chance and drop the $20 for this box.
I’m both pleased and disappointed.
Let me sum up.
First off, the tiles themselves are as well made as sets in the past. They are still made of that sturdy cardboard and are packaged in the usual ‘flash sheets’ like previous sets. I was glad to find a number of tiles that I did not have since I started collecting them as well as a few that I don’t actually mind having repeats of. The box as well doubles as a tile of sorts, printing two large 9×12 grids on both sides. This, sort of, give the set a 3 dimensional quality though no actual 3D tiles come with it (Much to some folks dismay).
The other upside to this set is that it’s been said that WOTC plans to use these tiles as parts to other Essentials adventures they will be releasing so this particular tiles set will remain in print (unlike the limited prints of ALL of the previous tile sets).
All in all, a well designed product.
However, I do have several issues with the set that are minor, but still a slight irritant (And something I informed my FLGSs about when I bought the set).
1. The set does NOT contain 10 tiles as the packaging led me to believe, but rather, only 8. Now I’m not sure if this is only a gaffe on the part of the set I personally bought as I have not been able to find anyone else making this claim. But this little oversight is definitely false advertising if I ever saw it. Now, I know the box itself technically doubles as tiles, but this is not advertised on the box and is not part of what it says it does contain.
Fortunately, the cost sort of tempers my irritability with this gaffe since 2 5 tile sets would cost a little over $23 while the DTMS costs roughly $20. So roughly what the cost for 2 4 tile sets would be if packaged with a nice sturdy tile box.
2. The Cover art is a bit misleading. This is part of what made me hesitate buying the set initially. A number of the tiles printed on the cover art are not actually part of the set itself. Given that I already owned several sets of what was used as art, I was apprehensive about getting it when it first came out. A small gaff, but excusable. Of course, this is assuming they didn’t decide to do some kind of random tile packaging which I assume they are not since it’s not listed on the cover (but then again, 8, not 10).
In the end, I consider this set to be worth the cost and well worth adding to your tiles collection.
Rating: 3d6 (out of 5d6). Would be 4, but the little gaffes are hard for me to ignore.