Sunday, January 22, 2012

How to Build the Harrowing Halls

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...It takes a touch of genius-and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein

Looking through Dungeon Tile reviews, I noticed that other articles wrote about how awesome the Harrowing Halls dungeon tiles set is, yet there are no instructions for how to assemble the pieces.  This confused me, as it seemed like something the Dungeons and Dragons community should have access to, let alone be able to google and get a result.  The best thing I could find was a fast 40 second video from Newbie DM of assembling a platform.  I know that the set came out a little while ago, but since you can still find them in stores, I figured a tutorial couldn't hurt.

1. It's important to notice that though many of the tiles have the same shape, the location of the cuts is different.  Some are at the top of the tile, some at the bottom.  Whenever you're constructing a box/stairwell/ect., it's always important to make sure that the notch it at the top.
2. You will next want two sets of pieces that match.  For example, in the picture above, you could take two of the top tiles and two of the bottom tiles.  Each set needs to have the cut at a different location.  If one set has the cut at the top of the tile, the other set needs to have the cut at the bottom of the tile.  Make sure the notch in the tiles is still at the top.  Slide a top notch into a bottom notch.  See the two following pictures for another example.

 3. The next step involves finding a tile the same shape as the box and sliding the notches on the tiles into the grooves on the roof tile.

All of the other 3D terrain pieces follow these rules.  The picture below shows all of them assembled, except for the 2x1 square piece that can double as a long table.  It seems as though you're supposed to choose a short table or a long one.

The 3D tiles really bring a game to life.  They create interesting locations as well as exciting dungeons to explore.  The following picture came from me playing around with my tiles and brainstorming some ideas.  Hopefully this tutorial helped and shed some light on the initial mystery of the Harrowing Halls 3D tiles.

Crossing the bridge to confront some goblin archers

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