Colony 19 is a set of battlemap tiles designed with a sci-fi look. This appearance is created by the textures used for the floor and the walls along with the design of the separate bits and pieces. The tile texture of the floor definitely creates the sci-fi appeal while the walls can easily fit within a sci-fi setting. Most of the loose pieces included in the set are also sci-fi in nature with others that can fit in modern settings as well. The tiles generally fit within the same dimensions and can be assembled in any fashion. There are no defined doorways and every end wall can be considered as a door or an archway.
The set is very small to be considered as a starter set and there are long hallways or defining rooms such as a bridge, crew quarters, work stations, or engine rooms. The tiles themselves are fairly basic, almost too basic, especially for a starter set.
Overall Colony 19 Starter Set is a good set of battlemap tiles. It has numerous possible uses although everything is so generic that those possible uses are limited to certain areas of wherever the encounters are taking place. There are only 14 full tiles, 3 small “entryway” tiles, and a host of furniture pieces. Not quite big enough to be considered as a starter set.
Publication Quality: 8 out of 10
The quality is quite good. The textures come through beautifully although the excessive use of terminals in the wall is a bit annoying. I really like that the furniture is kept separate from the tiles to allow for variable placement. Even though the page count is low, extra copies of the tiles can be printed to increase the size of your battlemap. However, the lack of defining rooms and common furniture pieces such as beds, control equipment, and navigational equipment is a little off-putting.
Visual Appeal: 10 out of 10
Visually the tiles are stunning! The textures are crisp and clear with every detail coming through perfectly. Anyone using these for sci-fi encounters should be proud of how much attention was paid to detail.
Desire to Use: 6 out of 10
The tile selection is lackluster and there are way too few for a starter set. Without defining rooms, the tiles are limited to being used within common areas of wherever the encounter is occurring. The furniture pieces are nice but most of them are too large to fit properly within the majority of the tiles.
Overall: 8 out of 10
The biggest problem I have with this tile set is that it feels like a sci-fi version of a dungeon. Most walls within spaceships or stations and various futuristic establishments would not be quite so majestic and flowing with lots of hard edges and crammed with equipment within and along the walls. However, the design and visual appeal is what makes the set most desirable for those looking to use something quick and simple.