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Ancient Worlds - Megalith Circle
by Alastair M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/23/2013 09:19:16

An easy-to-build 3D stone circle on a six-inch square base, all items with layer options in the PDF file, so you can toggle between three different 2D landscape textures and model stone colours, and even add a squared one-inch grid to the base if required. But there's also a curious circular symbol scribed on each stone, and thanks to a series of additional layers, these can be made to glow blue, green or red. These colour options are worth exploring fully, because I found they're not quite the same as each other, and by activating more than one symbol-colour layer together, you can actually achieve a further range of subtly different colours and effects. Plus of course, you could use them as individual standing stones rather than "just" in a ring. An excellent addition to the Lord Zsezse Ancient Worlds range.



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Ancient Worlds
by Alastair M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/16/2013 06:38:51

Temple, mausoleum, alien UFO garage, concealed entrance to a missile silo - the 3D centrepiece of this set could be any of those things, or far more, while its PDF layer options mean you could have three near-identical structures waiting for your adventurers in completely different parts of the world, each with a slightly different surface colouring and design. And each with an architecture that's not quite like the ancient buildings from any of those places. If that's not enough to worry them, maybe the monolithic door-slab, with its skull and curvilinear design will help!

Construction is straightforward, and the final models robust (I used 200 gsm/110 lb card for mine), though as always with card and paper kits, attention and care is needed in places. The designers have thoughtfully continued the surface colouring beyond the folds and edges so minor mistakes don't show as much, and the usual edging with a felt pen will hide any white fold lines once the glue has set. My one small gripe would be the dashed black "fold here" markings are sometimes a little too obvious on the finished objects. Oh, and you might want to think about adding some weight to the inside of the door-slab before gluing it up, as it's free-standing if you want to leave it able to open, so is prone to on-table breezes. No such problem with the slide-off roof though.

The complete set includes four PDF pages of detailed 2D surface mats, layered to match the kits, again beautifully designed, and with an optional square grid that can be toggled on or off before printing. Each of the full mat sets is available without a grid as a single 200 dpi poster-sized JPEG image additionally.

Having placed your main structure in its tabletop landscape, you can then add from a selection of eight different columns and two arch-tops, all available in each of the three matching formats, to increase the hinted-at size of the original complex, providing cover and concealment as well. The columns have separate bases and tops, adding to the potential for variation, and come in three fully intact and upright forms (though one has nailed-on metal patches over some damaged areas), all of which will support the arches, three angled and partly buried/sunken ones, and two broken styles, one with a rounded-off top that looks tricky to build on the printed sheet, but which largely slides together on its own once scored and cut.

Customization is very practical. Simple changes, such as placing the door-slab inside the building rather than outside as shown on the photos (to really irritate your party, why not add two, one outside, one in!), or using one or more pieces printed out using a different layer colouring, need little effort. However, there are plenty of other ideas to explore. For example, one of the two alternative building bases has a 2D printed staircase leading down in the middle of the floor. This could be easily cut out and recessed below floor level (assuming you use thick card or foamboard to mount the base upon), with a new stone "trapdoor" covering the hole cut out from the other building base. As a temple, an idol of your choice could be added inside, but why not use that round-topped broken column instead? Some of its surface markings could look like an eye, and ancient temples from the real-world Classical Mediterranean civilizations actually used stones as idols in places, some perhaps originally meteorites. Plus with other matching colour scheme models available in the Lord Zsezse Ancient Worlds range, such options expand still further.

However, make the most of this kit too, and don't think it's "just" that temple building!



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Dark Crypts - Chambers #2
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/24/2013 10:03:10

Whether or not you use miniatures, here are some beautiful crypts to put in front of your players as their characters explore the horrors you have prepared for them.

Good command of PDF technology has been utilised to make these chambers versatile. By selecting the layer(s) as appropriate, you can fine-tune the appearance of each room: bare chamber, room with furniture and fittings, or room with furniture and fittings with some torches lit. Then you can also use the buttons provided to make limited changes such as passages opening into the room or even if doors are open or closed.

There are seven different basic chambers, but you can make them look different by accessing the various features. There are one-page tactical maps, multi-page scale battleplans (1 inch representing 5 feet) and vast sheets for each complete chamber - these work with various virtual table-top systems if playing online, or can make unusual posters if you have access to a large-scale printer (or go to a copyshop).

A very good way of letting your players see what you mean...



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Elven Mill
by Randy F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/04/2013 13:20:39

Without a doubt, this is my favorite game-table model. It has a playable interior for every floor (3) and has multiple texture/geometry options. And I recently released cutfiles so that building it takes hours less time.

You can see photos of my build here: http://cardboard-warriors.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=gallery&action=display&thread=4443 Cutfiles (and instruction video) here: http://cardboard-warriors.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=fantasyadventuregsd&action=display&thread=4411



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Battlemap - Temple of Abaddon
by Carl B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/09/2012 13:36:48

Mind Blowing!!

Great Battlemaps!!!

Can't wait to see what they put out next.



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Battlemap - Temple of Abaddon
by Steven S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/04/2012 18:06:52

Yet another gorgeous map from LZW. This is the latest in the Under the Castle series and picks up right where Prison in the Deep left off -- with a mysterious set of huge doors flanked by rune-encrusted columns. The only quirk with this map is that the final 'room' is a three-level vertical chamber, which is presented as three side-by-side rooms. After reading the description carefully and looking closely at the map, you can see how the three relate to each other in three-dimensional space. While initially confusing and possibly a mental roadblock for players, this layout makes for the easiest gameplay and I can't think of a better way to lay out the map.

As usual, the map includes full-size poster views, one-room-per-page views, and isometric visual aides -- which are great for displaying on a monitor when the players are in a particular area of the map to give perspective. Also included are the typical room-by-room descriptions and overall map scenario which are very helpful in understanding the map and a great source of inspiration for encounters.

  • SWS


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T-Builder [BUNDLE]
by Brett R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/31/2012 15:43:01

Almost intimidating in how powerful this is. Learning curve is there but just stick with it. You will quickly get the hang of it.

Use Print to PDF and you will have them for reprint.

Fantastic value. Great resolution and variation for a ton of Fantasy settings. HIGHLY recommend this complete product. I wish I had not taken so long to come back to recommend this.



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Ancient Worlds - Hills
by Javier V. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/14/2012 15:27:08

Awesome!!, This is what i was looking for some time ago. Many variants of great textures, let you ambient the lanscape for any rpg or wargame. Great work!!



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E&I Wall Set #1
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 10/14/2012 11:43:46

(Please also see Christopher H.'s review which sums up this set better then my babbles) LZW are providing customers with a respectable alternative to Fat Dragon's packs. LZW seem to be doing some fairly clever things with PDF layers by allowing the customer to choose different feature details. So make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before looking an LZW product. I reckon that this is one of those deceptive packs, i.e the cover displays a mere handful of walls and pillars, when you are in fact buying a complete modular building system for dungeon interiors and small stone buildings. Seriously inventive stuff! Billiam B. bit.ly/rpgblog



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The Crashed Spaceship - Battlemap
by Scott W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/08/2012 00:43:39

A really nice map that worked perfectly for my Slipstream (Savage Worlds) convention adventure. My only complaint is that the outline for the squares is a tad light making them somewhat difficult to see. Other than that, an unusual and very cool product!



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Modular Trench System
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 08/03/2012 19:10:40

I like to compare square tiles to irregular shaped systems (it's an odd hobby, I know). The solution here is the use of a terrain background poster over which are arranged the abundantly detailed trench segments. Suitable for contemporary and post-apocalyptic play. The versatility of these tiles means that they have a high reusuability value - and are ideal for wargamers and RPGers alike, which makes the current price of $5.50 good value - especially when compared to preprint floor plan products. -Billiam B. (bit.ly/rpgblog)



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Ground Set #14 - Trenches
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/27/2012 12:35:41

This set is ideal for a WW1 game involving trench warfare at miniatures scale, but you might also find uses for them in other settings. The tiles use PDF layers and LZW’s beautifully-illustrated controls to provide an amazing variety of trench pieces. The English instructions have been much improved since Rich Crotty started editing the material, though there’s still a way to go for the text to reach the excellence of the artwork.



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Ground Set #14 - Trenches
by David W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/19/2012 05:33:22

WOW! That is just about it!

This trench set is totally freakin' AMAZING! It features a "control panel" (that looks like it is DIRECTLY out of WWI) that allows you to toggle on options, and even control the way the trench runs.

I sat down last night and was in awe of the LIMITLESS possiblities that this set offers. You basically get the options of an "empty hole," one with skids as a floor, with puddles, without puddles, gear and tools strewn about...even the option with or without squares!

There was ONE MAJOR set-back with the set. The set boasts 6"x6" tiles when I laid them out on a piece of 20"x30" foamboard, I quickly realized the tiles are 5 3/4"... a whole 1/4" OFF! Even if I took away some stars for this error... I would STILL give it a total of 5/5 stars, because the ONE small detail is overshadowed by the AWESOMENESS that this set contains.



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Publisher Reply:
Thank you for your review. We're glad you're enjoying Ground Set: Trenches. My suggestion for printing: turn off ANY “fit to page” options in your printer driver when you print out the tiles and click the "Actual Size" checkbox. This way, you'll get the whole 6 inch-wide tile. It's really important when You print to an A4 sized sheet. Have a good game and thank you!
The tomb of the Fallen Angel
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/28/2012 19:03:26

This “battlemap” is really a complete small dungeon at 1" = 5 ft. scale. The tomb itself is a fairly large room, but there are half a dozen or so other rooms/encounter areas included. The “information” file includes a key, but it’s written in very poor English, and although some of the bits are easy to decipher (“expiration” instead of “exit”), some are not (“Does not release his sword till then while his relics were not sent to him by the teleport”). The maps are beautifully drawn and richly detailed; the staircase map offers some slight customization via PDF layers. This product doesn’t include the isometric maps that add so much to some of LZW’s other products; I state this not as a complaint, but as a point of information.



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T-Builder - SWAMP
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/25/2012 00:16:45

Start with a square (six inches to a side) of mud and grass, then layer in paths, water, graves, trees, and various other objects (including a Cthulhu statue) to create an immense variety of swamp tiles with T-Builder: Swamp. The LZW crew produces great artwork, and here they leverage the power of PDF layers to give you all the options listed before, and more. They’ve even included a clever “hide the corner” layer to give your water and path squares a more organic look. The artwork and use of PDF technology is top-notch. The instructions, written in English, contain many grammatical errors and awkward constructions, which occasionally creates some minor confusion, but not to the point where you can’t use the T-builder.



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