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Desert of Athas - Dungeon Tiles: A 4th Edition D&d Accessory ("Dungeons & Dragons" Accessory) Card Book – 15 Jun 2010

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  • Card Book: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 4th Revised edition edition (15 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786953985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786953981
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Merwe on 25 Jan. 2012
Format: Card Book Verified Purchase
It came in pleanty of time, before Christmas, it was a gift for my husband, who is a D&D DM and he throughly enjoys it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Shortchanged on useful tiles 20 Aug. 2010
By R. Martin - Published on
Format: Card Book
Admittedly, tiles depicting different kinds of sand are going to be difficult to create: it is a desert, all you can see is sand and more sand. This set tries to change things up with rock formations and a few trees, but there is only so much one can do, so the back of the tiles have...water, which is even more featureless. Supposedly these water tiles can be used to depict silt pools, but no one is really buying that clean, crisp blue tile as silt, especially since it has waves drawn on it! Also, the sample picture is using those water tiles as--you guessed it--water. A gigantic ocean, no less, with a boat and a pier. The boat and pier are 3D pieces from 2 of the 6 boards in the set. Other 3D pieces are buildings and, bizarrely, a double-decker bus-like vehicle. To me, the 3D pieces are a total waste because they do not scale properly with the flat tiles and look ridiculous when next to a tree that is 2D because it is just a painted image. The Harrowing Halls set has this same problem.

So, what you end up with is a handful of tiles depicting vast stretches of ocean on one side, rocky plateaus in sand dunes on the other, and a few 3D elements. Your ability to make a decent map with these tiles is severely limited: the shading on the rocks makes it awkward to put together nice-looking terrain, and the small number of tiles (due to the 3D pieces) require you to buy more than one set if you want to make a map of any substantial size (like to get something out of range of those ICBM-shooting rangers who can target from 20 squares away).

WOTC has seriously shortchanged the consumer with this set, which is sad because sandy terrain is a much needed and welcome addition to the map tile collection. I'd really like to see them stop making the useless 3D pieces, but I know they won't--it is a marketing ploy to force you to buy more than one of the same set just to get a good number of tiles.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Pieces don't fit together correctly. 28 Aug. 2010
By Daniel J. Eaton Jr. - Published on
Format: Card Book
Like Harrowing Halls, the Desert of Athas tileset contains 2 sheets of 3D structures, but they fall apart. I assembled my set at the same time as Harrowing Halls. The Athas 3D sheets were perforated differently, and very loose compared to the other set. I couldn't get the stairs to stand up without falling apart. This could be easily remedied with glue, but then you would have to pick one side or the other.

The shapes are essentially the same as before: a staircase, a 4x4x2 building, a couple tables. So while 3D shapes are innovative, they take up more space and reduce the overall value of the product when they can't stand up straight.
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Semi-Useful Addition 22 Jun. 2010
By Ninth Plane - Published on
Format: Card Book Verified Purchase
You really only get 4 sheets of tiles. The other 2 sheets are allocated to making 3D shapes. I think the 3D sheets are a waste. They take time to assemble and can't be transported easily. They seem like toys for little kids as they really don't enhance the visual experience... looking really out-of-place when combined with the tiles.

WoTC really should make the 3D sets completely separate so the people that like them can buy them and the rest of us are not forced to pay full price for only 4 sheets of tiles.

The 4 sheets of tiles are actually useful IMO; I just wish we got 6 sheets.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not enough "desert" in this desert tile set 6 July 2010
By Mad_typist - Published on
Format: Card Book
As another commenter pointed out, there are only 4 flat tile boards in this set - the others are meant to be punched out and assembled into 3D objects.

My main complaint about this set is that almost half of the tiles have water on them. WATER. Dark Sun is famous for being a harsh barren world where lack of water will kill you, so I was agitated to find out that half of the pack wouldn't be helpful for my Dark Sun adventures. I know that the tiles are there to simulate the various oases you find around Athas, but it would have made more sense (and been more truthful advertising) to bundle these tiles in a separate pack titled "Oases of Athas".

What I was hoping for were a complete set of tiles that simulated the various difficult terrains of the Dark Sun world - rocky barrens, sea of silt, badlands, etc. I'm pretty disappointed overall in this tile set.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Desert of Athas" should be titled "Beach resort of Athas" 23 Aug. 2010
By Whisper - Published on
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Major disappointment here. The main issue I have with this tile set it is mostly WATER tiles. Not very useful in a Darksun campaign setting where surface water is almost nonexistent.
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