What terrain is good for fantasy RPGs?

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What terrain is good for fantasy RPGs?

#1 Postby Phoenix3270 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:18 pm

Hello ,what terrain is good for fantasy RPGs? I am with in a budget so I would prefer to keep price down.

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#2 Postby Jordan Peacock » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:57 pm

Well, my ideal would be Hirst Arts Castlemolds ... but that's only cheap if you've got a friend who already has the molds and is willing to loan them to you for casts. ;)

The Descent board game offers a lot of mileage in the form of its die-cut puzzle-locking dungeon board pieces. In the latest version, the flip side features outdoors scenery; the conceit there in the board game is that above-ground adventures basically take place in a forested place where heroes can't venture off the path -- and thus it's like an "above-ground dungeon" -- but it can still work for RPGs, depending on what you do with it. It really depends upon how much you want to have scenery pieces that can fit a specific adventure, or how much you're willing to just make your own adventure (or modify an existing one) to fit with whatever scenery and miniatures you actually have on hand.

As for myself, I tend to be very opportunistic, making use of assorted board games for "game tiles" when appropriate (I've even used the "Clue" board game for a small "manor") and sometimes just printing off textured sheets to throw down on the table to represent larger battlegrounds such as forest clearings and such.

I've got a few print-and-use texture tiles for free on my web site: http://greywolf.critter.net/tiles.htm

(I can see, however, that some of my "exterior" links that point back to the Pinnacle web site are in dire need of updating. Please accept my apologies if you follow any of those at the bottom and find a broken link. I'll try to get to that when I get the chance.)
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#3 Postby VonDan » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:53 pm

Look in thrift stores for games and play sets even if they are imcomplete


Hero Scape: Gras, Sand, Water and Lava hexes and the last set i found had trees

Hero Quest: Walls, Doors, furniture

Lego Castle

Mega Block Castle

doh customer i;ll add more later

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#4 Postby Vinzent » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:18 pm

Also look at pet supply stores in the aquarium section. I know it sounds odd but you could easily use things like this...

http://www.petco.com/product/114630/Blue-Ribbon-Blue-Stone-Bridge-Aquarium-Ornament.aspx
http://www.petco.com/product/118905/Blue-Ribbon-Cambodian-Temple-Ruins-Aquarium-Ornament.aspx
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#5 Postby warrenss2 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:08 pm

What, exactly, are you looking for?

Buildings?
Jungle?
Forest?
Desert?
Ruins?
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#6 Postby Snate56 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:20 pm

I like paper models myself but they look just that, paper models. :-D
Some are a lot better than others, though. Check out RPGNow for World Works Games or Fat Dragon, though there are a myriad of publishers.




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#7 Postby Phoenix3270 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:27 am

What are some good buildings?

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Re: What terrain is good for fantasy RPGs?

#8 Postby FabledEnvironments » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:40 am

Phoenix3270 wrote:Hello ,what terrain is good for fantasy RPGs? I am with in a budget so I would prefer to keep price down.


Check out War Torn Worlds. They have some amazing stuff at a great price. Their stuff is made either from recycled rubber or gypsum covered in resin. We carry their stuff at Cons and I use their stuff in games.

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#9 Postby Snate56 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:51 am

TSR has some smattering few free paper models available.
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/fpm/archive
The 3d folio appears to be down, however.



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#10 Postby Blackhawk » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:40 am

One inexpensive option, assuming you have ink, is
WorldWorks, as already mentioned. The link is just to their fantasy terrain options - they have lots more.

The cheapest option, though, is probably to build your own. The thing is, you usually won't find it on RPG sites. Instead, google 'wargame terrain tutorial' and you'll find hundreds of pages of how-to info. Much of it can be made with just a few basic tools - a knife, some glue, and some $1 hobby paint from Wal-Mart.

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#11 Postby Count Zero » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:41 pm

Worldworks look gorgeous but they require more work than I personally have time for. I don't like the "streets" foundation idea either. For my money it's Fat Dragon. They build quick and look good.
For outdoor environs, check into Woodland Scenics materials. I built a lot of my terrain and that's where I started. Those train modellers know what they're doing!
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