I guess 3D is the latest craze in movie theaters (though it seems gimmicky to me, just like it did in the 80s). Harrowing Halls, the latest set of Dungeon Tiles from Wizards of the Coast, makes the jump from two to three dimensions as well, but you don’t need uncomfortable plastic glasses to enjoy them.
Robot Viking is no stranger to three-dimensional dungeons you build yourself. Harrowing Halls takes things a step further — instead of papercraft 3D terrain, this is made from the same sturdy cardstock that all Wizards Dungeon Tiles are made of. The pieces have slots in them that allow you to assemble platforms, stairways, small rooms or balconies. The set-up pictured was put together using only the Harrowed Halls set (and I even had a few leftover pieces I didn’t use).
Only about a third of the set is devoted to the 3D pieces. The rest is the same kind of high-quality double-sided, two-dimensional tileset you’ve come to expect from this series. I’ve long said that Wizards’ Dungeon Tiles are the best deal in gaming (it looks like the MSRP went up a few bucks, but that’s bound to happen). These tiles are cost effective and make your games look infinitely better than wet erase markers on a battlemat. The Harrowing Halls tiles depict a wood-floored interior setting. You could build an inn, a manor house, or a guild hall, and the art is gorgeous.
I like that the 3D elements are easy to break down into flat pieces, which makes them much easier to store and transport than folded and glued papercraft pieces. There weren’t any instructions included for how to assemble the pieces, so there’s some trial and error involved in figuring out how it all fits together. There’s room for variation too, so for example that low stone platform in the picture above could instead be made into a high platform that would serve well as guard house. The 3D pieces are double-sided as well — the alternate sides are wood instead of stone.
You can order Harrowing Halls from Robot Viking sponsor TrollandToad.com (at a ridiculously low price, I might add).