Dungeon Tiles - yay!


3.5/d20/OGL


This may be weeks old news in the USA, but I was delighted to find a set of 'customizable dungeons for your D&D Roleplaying Game!' in my local bookshop last night.

I grabbed a set entitled Dire Tombs (DT6) for less than a tenner ($9.99 US price) and was pretty happy with the contents. It also happened to be perfect for todays adventure which takes place in mystical Egypt.

At the price I'll certainly buy more of these - and what a universally useful supplement even for ye olde AD&D player : )

Grand Lodge

Lots of folks use these; the typical comment is that they take too long to set up. You gotta count the squares on your map to see how big the room is and then try to find tiles that match the room. Using markers on a wet-erase is usually alot quicker. I know a handful of DMs that have tons of these things and almost never use them.

Some DMs make the dungeons ahead of time but the problem here is that the Players get to see the whole dugeon just as if they had the DM's map. Also, for bigger dungeons table space becomes a problem if you do the dungeons ahead of time.

Have fun though -- they are cool.

-W. E. Ray


I'm a Dungeon Tile fan but I use them with less restrictive adherence to "original" floor plans, and for random sidetreks that players are so wont to take...Of course, I hate huge dungeon crawls and so having an alternative option of just setting up whatever section of the map is relevant to the story works well for me.

Now, for my Savage Tides game right now I make my own tiles of a sort--I pull the pics out of the PDFs, blow them up to proper scale, then print out the chunks so I can piece it together as the party explores. We just finished up the Shrine on the isle and the map was a big hit.


I like them and use them when I can (they're aren't condusive to a lot of pregens, which make up 3/4 of my games).

On thing I've done to speed them up is to set them up pre-game and put sticky notes with room numbers on the backs. Then I bag them and just pull them out of the bag as needed.


Arcane Joe wrote:

This may be weeks old news in the USA, but I was delighted to find a set of 'customizable dungeons for your D&D Roleplaying Game!' in my local bookshop last night.

I grabbed a set entitled Dire Tombs (DT6) for less than a tenner ($9.99 US price) and was pretty happy with the contents. It also happened to be perfect for todays adventure which takes place in mystical Egypt.

At the price I'll certainly buy more of these - and what a universally useful supplement even for ye olde AD&D player : )

Weeks old news? Where do you live? IIRC, the first set came out more than a year ago...

Glad you're enjoying them, though... I agree, they do look nice!


Yeh they appeared this week in a bookshop here in (medieval) England : )

I agree for pre-gen dungeons they'd be a fair bit of work. Personally I've never been great at interior map construction, so when I took these for a test drive yesterday I let the tiles inform the structure - with a plan for what would be in notable areas and yes some improvisation : )

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