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Elevation pieces

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 3:12 pm
by Gargs454
When building for game sessions, how much do you typically use? I have a relatively small collection of DF, enough for several rooms at once, which is really about all I need for a given session, but I'm still very light on elevation. Unfortunately, while I want it all of course, the bank account yells at me every time I start dreaming about purchases. :lol: I've got a couple packs of daises, epic stairs, and an elevation box, as well as the bridge but that's it.

The elevation mega pack is extremely tempting . . . but sooo expensive. :( So how much do you typically use in a decent sized build? (i.e. enough for a few rooms at once) I know the blocks are supposed to be pretty key (and it makes sense) but was curious about things like ramps, arched extensions, etc. Basically, having difficulty picturing builds without the actual stuff and trying to figure out the next round of purchases.

As always, any help is greatly appreciated!

Re: Elevation pieces

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 3:39 pm
by AnimeSensei
You can use household items for elevation if necessary; just make sure they line up around the 2" mark in height. You should be able to just have walls abut the books/box/etc you are using so you don't really see the items that much. Then just put more terrain on top of the elevation and continue on. :)

Here's one I did.

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Re: Elevation pieces

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 3:47 pm
by Gargs454
*head meet palm* Naturally, the simplest solution works well.

That's a nice build there too! This definitely does make it easier for me. I likely will still add some elevation pieces but that does make it easier to branch out a bit more with other stuff.

Re: Elevation pieces

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 3:50 pm
by William
Just throw a sheet or towel over the boxes if the color is distracting. ;)

Re: Elevation pieces

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 4:03 pm
by zenako
The other thing you can watch out for is packing foam. Many times it ends up being really close to 2" thick and you can use it instead of boxes and being a plain color would be less distracting. I keep an eye open for the trash at work from various incoming shipments and grab foam that looks like a good match. If it not, then I can just toss it with no money wasted on my end. That is what makes the foam Blocks that our Japan-based friend uses so attractive to folks, basic color, very modular and relatively inexpensive. Most foam from locations around the US does not have the nice dimensions his blocks come with.

Re: Elevation pieces

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 4:15 pm
by NiandoBG
Gargs454 wrote: Mon May 20, 2019 3:12 pm The elevation mega pack is extremely tempting . . . but sooo expensive. :( So how much do you typically use in a decent sized build? (i.e. enough for a few rooms at once) I know the blocks are supposed to be pretty key (and it makes sense) but was curious about things like ramps, arched extensions, etc. Basically, having difficulty picturing builds without the actual stuff and trying to figure out the next round of purchases.

As always, any help is greatly appreciated!
I bought an elevation mega pack recently. It’s really nice, but to do a bigger dungeon with more elevation or if the elevation shall go at least two time the normal height you will come to the conclusion that one mega pack is not enough... :(

I recommend you to go the Japanese block route, wooden blocks, or as already mentioned: board game boxes if your budget is tight.

If your looking for new stuff: depending of what you already have: I recommend you the encounters Acid Bath, Gorgon Tier or the Forsaken Temple. They give you a good variety of pieces. If you are looking for add on packs the curved and straight Dias are cool and IMO quite versatile.

But that’s just my personal opinion. :geek:

Re: Elevation pieces

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 4:45 pm
by Gargs454
Agree on the diases. I already have a set each of the straight and curved. Will likely pick more up as time goes on. GT and Acid Bath were both on my wish list too. Frankly, most of the stuff is lol. That said, I really only have a coupe hundred (might be able to stretch to three) to spend right now, so trying to get the most mileage for my money. Of course, I also love the caverns (which I have none of and couldn't do the KS as I had just bought a house which necessitated a lot of other purchases) and even the city stuff. *Sigh* Why does DF have to make such awesome stuff? :lol:

Regardless, I'm going to focus on the dungeon stuff for now I think so that I can have a nice variety there, then probably switch to working on caverns, etc. I do appreciate the replies though as they are really helpful. The one good thing is that the size of my builds will currently be somewhat limited by necessity as I currently travel to my games, so need something that can be put together fairly quickly -- terrain trays should definitely help with that.

Re: Elevation pieces

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 9:00 am
by zenako
Even for dungeon stuff using nonDF stuff to gain elevation can be a workable solution. In the picture below, I have a sheet of plexiglass supported by 4 or 5 USPS Priority Mail boxes had available, and you can see some packing material cardboard supports for some towers on a small hill in the background.

Re: Elevation pieces

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 10:43 am
by Gargs454
That's a lot of monsters! I like your style. :D

Seriously though, these are all great ideas and gives me the inspiration I need. I still will want some of the transition type pieces (stairs, diases, ramps, etc.) but I don't necessarily need them all at once, or as much as I was thinking. This does give me a little more flexibility in choosing what to get since there are a number of other things I want to pick up too.

Re: Elevation pieces

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 1:12 pm
by ForestZ
zenako wrote: Tue May 21, 2019 9:00 am Even for dungeon stuff using nonDF stuff to gain elevation can be a workable solution. In the picture below, I have a sheet of plexiglass supported by 4 or 5 USPS Priority Mail boxes had available, and you can see some packing material cardboard supports for some towers on a small hill in the background.
This reminds me of those original Doom levels, where all the monsters were stored in hidden rooms that open up and belch them forth when you trigger something, haha.