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Blue Dungeon Tiles are double-sided, 1” grid, map tiles in old school blue. They work with dry-erase, wet-erase and permanent markers.
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Tile Design Improvements and Cheap Thrills

Posted by Kevin Chenevert (Creator)
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Tile Design Improvements

A lot of stuff has continued, and continues, to go on behind the scenes but I do not pass it onto you unless I am fairly certain that I can make it happen.  I have continued to talk with various printers and evaluate samples of various card and laminate combinations.  The tiles were to be a combination of cardstock and laminate that was about the thickness of a playing card (.3 mm).  I have decided to go with a much thicker laminate that makes the cards more than twice as thick.  They will now be the thickness of membership/customer rewards cards (.65mm) which is slightly thinner than a credit card (.7mm).  This will make the tiles much more durable and gives them a definite heft and feel of quality.  This will make packaging heavier and shipping costs higher but with the success of this Kickstarter (thanks to all of you) I can absorb the cost increase from these beefier tiles.  I want you guys to be happily surprised when you open your case and pull out a tile and go "Woo, these are nice!".

Cheap Thrills

Following are some inexpensive accessories you can add to you gaming table tiles.

Milk Jug Caps and Rings
Milk Jug Caps and Rings

Larger bottle caps can be good objectives, pedestals or pools.  A figure on top of the cap could also indicate that they are flying or levitating.  Flip the cap over and put the figure in it and it can indicate that they are under the effects of a spell like Hold Person.

Cap Rings to indicate Condition or Spell Effects
Cap Rings to indicate Condition or Spell Effects

Cap rings can be used to indicate that the character is under the effects of a spell like Invisibility , Silence, or Blessing.  Cap rings could also be used to indicate conditions like Stunned or Confused. 

Painted Pill Bottles
Painted Pill Bottles

Painted pill bottles can be used to represent generic structures like columns or some sci-fi capacitors or storage tanks.

Pill Bottle Columns
Pill Bottle Columns

 They can be used to determine line of sight and cover.

Token Storage
Token Storage

If you are into tokens, the bottles store them well also.  These are 3/4" wood tokens from a craft hobby store.  If cost and storage space were limited, you can forgo miniatures and just get different size wood tokens that are easy to write on and erase or paint over later.

Toy Furniture
Toy Furniture

At discount stores, thrift store and on Ebay you can often find discounted items that can be used on your tabletop map tiles also.  These are from the older, smaller scale, Polly Pocket and Breyer Stablemates.  Some are a little too cutesy colored for me and need a paint job but they can get the job done.  Some are light and bounce around a bit or fall over easy and you may find that you want to glue them to a small cardstock square.

Now, back to the mines!
  

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    1. Mathúin [‘Ma-Hoon’]
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      xD Oh, and the thickness upgrade is awesome, too! :D

    2. Mathúin [‘Ma-Hoon’]
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      Awesome ideas! :3 Thanks for the tips!

      I would have placed the pill-bottle towers cap down, though ;3 For a stronger foundation. And to make it look less like a pill bottle xD

      That being said, you could make it even more awesome by painting it light grey and dark-grey lines to look like brick shadowing and it would look like a proper tower! :D

      Or dark blue/steel grey and painting in sky blue windows(etc.) with a touch of white to show the reflections and you'd have that skyscraper~ n__n

      I've never been in on the miniature scene, so I probably wouldn't have bothered, but this seems a cheap and simple option instead of lots of expensive pre-made stuff :3

    3. Kevin Chenevert Creator on

      Judy, the edges are flush cut so a bit of ink may wick in if you draw on it. I have run the marker directly on the edge of my sample tiles and the ink does not bleed into the tile. Looked at straight you can see the marker. From a top view, the marker is almost almost imperceptible, except that it won't clean back to white. In case anyone is concerned, I will post a picture showing this in the next update.

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      DLThurston on

      Each update is making me that bit more excited for the finished product. Which is dangerous as this is the 35th update. Just wanted to say thanks for being so communicative during this project.

      Oh, and happy Table Top Day.

    5. Judy Krauss on

      Will the edges be laminated, also, so that ink doesn't seem in from the sides if we draw up to the edges?