Sword and sorcery themed miniature terrain is pretty easy to come by. Dungeons, castles, tombs…they’re great, but what if you’re playing D20 Modern, or a World of Darkness game? What if your Mutants and Masterminds heroes want to battle Dr. Psychotorg in a 3D representation of downtown during rush hour? WorldWorks Games has that covered.
I posted about WorldWorks 3D dungeon tiles a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve purchased one of their dungeon sets for use in my D&D 4E campaign and spent the better part of this past weekend assembling some of the pieces. I’ll have a more in-depth review later, but for now, let me just say that I have become a fan of their products. When I discovered their “Streets of Mayhem” modern terrain sets, I was pretty much blown away.
Part of what makes these sets so cool is how rare it is to find terrain sets with a modern theme at all. The Mayhem Junkyard set just came out a few weeks ago, adding a dirty, grungy setting complete with crushed cars, piles of used tires and the dingy front office that you find in every junkyard. The only detail missing was a girly poster on the wall.
The Mayhem Junkyard is just the latest Mayhem setting, though. Mayhem Industrial includes a trucking company, industrial equipment and trucks. Streets of Mayhem is a gritty urban street scene perfect for a ton of modern and sci-fi RPGs and miniatures games, including a certain special Robot Viking project (that I promise isn’t dead!). Mayhem Downtown will give your superheroes all the tall buildings they can possibly leap over, brood on the ledges of or swing from via synthetic webbing.
There are some other things about these WorldWorks sets that are really cool. They’re not very expensive – the priciest sets are $16.99. For that, you get a pdf of all the files, plus detailed printing and assembly instructions. You’ll probably double that cost for printing supplies, but it’s still a good deal. Consider that you don’t just get one street tile or one pedestrian bridge. You can print out as many as you need and assemble them in any combination.
Perhaps my favorite thing about these sets (aside from the high quality graphic design, that is), is the fact that you get three different versions of each piece: no grid, 1″ grid and 1.5″ grid. A 1″ grid is perfect for many RPGs, since this fits the 28mm miniatures sold for this purpose. Luckily, there are a lot of good modern minis out there, though superheroes are a little tough to find. The 1.5″ grid is really interesting, as it happens to be HeroClix size. A gridless map would be useful for an RPG where you don’t care that much about detailed movement, or a game like Mechwarrior, where you measure movement with a tape rather than counting squares. Some of the industrial areas would make for some amazing Mechwarrior battles.
WorldWorks has a ton of other interesting stuff, too, like sci-fi starships, graveyards and other outdoor settings, not to mention plenty of dungeons.