^ A mysterious package arrives at my house
^ A label on the back gives a clue to it's contents
^ I peel away the wrapper to reveal a corrugated card box, a little battered thanks to the tender ministrations of the Royal Mail (that's the UK postal service)
^ Inside the box is ….
…. more boxes, flat packed and printed to look like pseudo medieval buildings
^ There are 6 buildings in all, 2 stone cottages, 2 wooden sheds, a church/chapel and a larger cottage/tavern
- all printed on thick, durable, high quality card and finished with a matt laminate for added durability
^ The main seam of the box-buildings come pre-glued all the joins are ready-scored, so it's just a matter of opening out the boxes, folding the end flaps into place and the building are ready to use!
No complicated folding, no waiting for glue to dry, no accidentally cutting your fingers with a craft knife.
^ My cat Leroy doesn’t look impressed
- but I am, the box-buildings are surprisingly strong … well I say surprisingly, but I already been told how strong they are by other gamers and I've even seen a demonstration of one of the box-buildings supporting a 1kg bag of sugar - so I wasn't really surprised by how strong they are, but they certainly are stronger than any other cardboard terrain pieces I have owned down the years
^ All 6 buildings assembled.
The flaps are quite a tight fit the first time you 'assemble' the building (I even took a slither of card off one with a knife to get a better fit), but after a few foldings and un-foldings it gets easier. You might notice in this picture that the wooden shed buildings are printed in such a way that they can stood, up right or their side to make 2 different shaped sheds
^ And now for some messing about
- I dug out some printed 'battle matt' posters that came free with Dungeon magazine a few years back, grabbed some miniatures from one of the cases I had to hand and set up a few different layouts. This could be a scene from anyone’s fantasy campaign - a group of adventurers prepare to do battle with a water-weird/elemental that has taken up residence in the village spring, while a couple of villagers look on in horror
^ “Braeburn Fleetfoot! You get down from there this instant!” shouted Galdon Greycloak. Things had gone from bad to worse for poor Braeburn, he'd disturbed a nest of giant bats as he'd leapt from the chapel roof to the out-house and now the Galdon was yelling at him to get down. This wasn't the first time Braeburn had wondered why the old wizard has bothered to hire a burglar if he was going to be so grumpy every time Braeburn did some burgling.
One thing you'll bound to have noticed by this point is that all the building have flat roofs, even though the detailing would suggest other wise - this is so that figures can be easily placed on top of the buildings, the box-building are designed for practicality rather than 100% realism. After all I'm sure many people reading this will at some point have wanted to place a figure on the roof a more realistic terrain piece and found it quite impossible
^ Once you've finished your game session, the box-building fold flat again.
^ and the box closes once again with all the building back inside
This makes them ideal for any gamer who has to travel to their gaming venue and bring their own terrain pieces with them when they do.
^ I'm not normally one to use card terrain pieces, but these pieces get my seal of approval
- they are simple, versatile, durable, strong and easily stored and transported between games. I see this pieces being very useful for taking down to my local gaming store and back for a skirmish game on weekends and even for use along side my existing terrain collection when I want to set up a large town or city-scape for my fantasy RPGs, these will be very useful for 'background pieces'.
I'm told future plans for TableTop Towns include flat terrain-tiles for the building to sit on (in much the same way I used them with my Dungeon Magazine battle matt posters), the terrain-tiles will include a 1” grid on one side for grid based games (like D&D 3.0 and onwards) and the same image on the reverse side without the grid for games that don't use grids (such as Kings of War). Pointed roof pieces are also planned for those who'd like more realistic building and apparently a set of castle walls and towers is in the pipe line!
Personally I'd like to see some Near Future/Sci-fi pieces made to look like flat-top buildings, warehouses, shipping containers and so on that I can use for Judge Dredd and Messy Zombie games.
I think the church piece of the existing set could really do with a tower - that should become a possibility once the castle tower are in production.
The promise of more realistic pointed roofs for the buildings sounds good but I think it also be good to have buildings that look like they are supposed to have flat roofs, perhaps ones that could be stacked on top of each other to make more complicated buildings
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