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Castles and Keeps (Dungeon Tiles/Game Pieces) – Review

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Castles and Keeps (Dungeon Tiles/Game Pieces) – Review


Publisher: 1985 Games

Year Published: 2019-current (multiple components so dated the company) 

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Foreword: 
This review is for Board Game / TTRPG accessories they are not a game by themselves but supplement your current favorite titles. I received these items (mystery dice packs ×2, battle maps, 1000+ pc tile set) to try out by 1985 games. Up front opinion: the tile sets are a huge value for a small cost.
 
From the Publisher:
Introducing Dungeon Craft, the ultimate toolkit for Dungeon Masters (DMs) and players seeking immersive RPG terrain! Each book contains custom TTRPG terrain map titles, making it perfect for fantasy tabletop terrain. Laminated for wet-erase and dry-erase compatibility, these customizable RPG pieces are compatible with Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Warhammer 40k, Shadowrun, and other TTRPGs.
Disclaimer: The publisher provided the copies of mystery dice packs ×2, battle maps, 1000+ pc tile set. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own.
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Review:

Initial Impression/Components:
I was blown away with how many pieces fit inside the box. They are slim but sturdy and also dry erase! The map packs were a similar make.

For the mystery dice sets, they were standard quality but came with a cool pin and sticker that was a nice surprise! Cool little pack to treat your inner nerd.

Favorite:

I’m a sucker for visual reference in TTRPG, and having the ability to fully deck out a room, dungeon, or tavern right down to the barrels is so satisfying. The sheer number of available tiles is my favorite.Least Favorite:

I have had these items for a few months and have no complaints. I can’t think of a negative note yet. I’ve found more and more good things to say about them but I don’t have a least Favorite.
On the dice – I would say the numbers were not easy to read against the funky coloring.
Another cool aspect: 
Where the tiles/map are so thin, you could set up multiple rooms on top of each other and reveal as you progress instead of how I was doing it by covering a full area and unveiling as I go horizontally. It always gave away too much information on shape and size just by how much I had to cover which I can now hide using these tiles. 
Something else is the dry erase which you can use the board itself to track multi-turn effects, rolls, hp, anything. If you mess something up, simply erase and re-write. 

Interesting Moment: Interesting moments are provided by you and your team but these tiles certainly make it easier. Especially when you go into narrative or descriptive search/combat and characters now have items and objects to reference and include. Much easier to immerse yourself.

Final Thoughts:
I see this set as a staple for TTRPG games. Now that I have experienced the difference I can’t see playing without it. The speed in which you can set it up, pack it away, and adapt is enough of a bonus in itself. When you consider the cost vs other solutions, its an easy choice. I happily recommend this product.
I’ll see you next time, back here at The Game Table,
Brad Hiscock, aka Zerility

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Brad Hiscock, aka “Zerility”, is a construction project manager and electrician by trade who was the owner of a 6-time award winning electrical company. His passion for board games has led him from playing hundreds of original titles to creating a design and publishing company of his own, Convivial Games. As an up and coming collaborator on many projects, he is always eager to try new games and meet new people.

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