Posted by : David Guyll March 24, 2016

In my previous post on Dwarven Forge tiles, I talked about their vanilla dungeon sets. This time I'm gonna talk about their cavern sets, which unfortunately require more investment because:

  • A basic set of cavern tiles runs $80 for pre-painted, and $60 for "dungeon grey" (and there isn't a slightly discounted three-pack).
  • You don't get as much as you do in a dungeon set: only 26 pieces compared to 32 (plus two doors, for a total of 34), which means you'll need more sets to get a really good cavern going (and the varied walls and floors and cavern floor sets if you want some added variety).
  • They take a bit more effort to paint: we go through the same steps as our dungeon tiles, just adding some brown here and there for the stalactites and stalagmites.

The basic cavern set comes with 8 corners, 9 straights, and 9 floors, Compared to dungeon tiles, you get more corners but less straights and floors, and as with dungeon tiles they all eat up a 2 x 2 space. Here's the total floor space you get with a single set:


And here's about what you can do if you're going for a more "cavernous" look:


Not much. Here's an example of what you can do with two sets:


Bigger, but still not much. I wish Dwarven Forge had a cavern three pack, like they do with the standard dungeon: you'd be able to save a few bucks, and that's basically what you're going to need if you wanna build a decent-sized cavern.

Oh, pick up the varied floors and walls set if you can. It's basically an entire set of tiles that adds some much needed, well, variety.


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  1. I feel that this set would be better without the straight walls. They could be replaced with corner pieces and you could still build caverns of the same dimensions but they would be a little more interesting.

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    1. I think it's a matter of convenience. I think an all-corner cavern would look wonky, and probably be VERY difficult to actually use.

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