Friends, today’s review is not what you expected if you keep tabs on my scheduling. The reason for this is that my to-do list for the week was….inaccurate. Usually, for adventures, I throw them on a flash drive and read through parts of them when I get chances at work. This happens over the few days before review time so I have time to not just look through the good bits but process my opinions on them so it isn’t just my initial opinion. There’s plenty to consider for bigger publishing. This is especially true for the truly indie developers who might need to work on one thing or another. I want to consider what they are trying to do and what they could do better and give a few thoughts on who would like the product most. Today was supposed to be the Northseat Book 1. In my negligence I am ill prepared for that. I looked through it and, frankly, it’s more than a simple module. There is a lot to unpack and just peeking through there are a few points of interest I need to look into. So, to give proper credit to the module I am rearranging the schedule a bit and tacking on a companion piece to the Northseat. For the delay, I am truly sorry, but for today we will take a look at another product by none other than Axebane! Today we look at his Modular Tiles!
Let’s start simply, with the look of the tiles themselves. This product includes 25 different tiles for you to utilize to build a dungeon. These tiles look great and the squares for a battle-grid are easily distinguished AND a part of the artwork. The stone tiles within the images are nice, showing a variety of texture and cracks. They appear quite variable, though the true test of that is putting a few side by side. That being said, the art contributes to this variability due to its style. They aren’t super detailed or realistic, but they also aren’t 3 squares over and over again either. I really like this style for your basic dungeon. It may not be realistic but unless your looking to get crazy with elaborate art of alchemical set ups or the like, these are much better than some other un-detailed tiles.
Beyond the art there is also a nice variety of tiles themselves. There are different sizes and shapes of your basic rectangles. Some include stairs leading into raised sections or to lead to other floors. There are also those with angled portions to represent a wall of a room reducing in size. A few of the tiles have pillars or other features like a bridge over water or a chasm. Then, of course, there are plenty of small hallway tiles to represent corridors. These come in a variety of lengths and intersections to help you meander around the rooms you make with them. All in all this is a fantastic starter set of dungeon tiles.
Really quick we also need to talk about these tiles as a product. Like so many others they come digitally, but thanks to the art style these bridge a gap that many others would have trouble doing. These come in two forms and both come with the purchase. The first is a folder of virtual table top files, as you would expect. Each one has been sized appropriately for the likes of Roll20 which means you should have to worry at all about making all kinds of fun dungeons for your internet-based games. The second form that they come in is a printable PDF. In this PDF each tile is sized properly, with multiple tiles on the pages to fill them and not waste paper. Included in the PDF is some basic instruction and suggestions on how to go about making them into durable tiles to use at the table. The right adhesive and some foam poster board would go a long way to creating whatever set of tiles you need.
Okay, so let’s talk worth. This product, if you haven’t hit the link, is $5. That is a reasonable price for a set of tiles as most float somewhere around there. Yes they are simple and pretty generic, but the purchase is good for both home use and digital. This product is definitely worth the price and Axebane will hopefully be coming out with many more sets to go along with it. I know it can be tough and you might want the same art style for all adventure types. Or you might avoid getting crafty, but if you like these tiles than go support Axebane.