Rampage Prototype Game Tiles Preview

Introduction: Rampage game tiles are based on the Printable Scenery 3D printer files. Not everyone has a 3D printer, and the first offering of tiles were tiles most in demand from customers. The tiles have more detail than their 3D printer counterparts and the Printable Scenery tile designer is involved in the design of these game tiles. A fair number of questions about the Rampage game tiles were asked on the Dwarven Forge forums, so I’ll be discussing them in this review.

ABS plastic: Game tiles vary in the materials used in their construction, and Rampage game tiles use ABS plastic, similar to Legos — although I found the tiles much easier to separate.

Clips: Rampage Game tiles clip together. This allows you to assemble rooms and corridors (as well as easily transport them) before your game starts. Also important, the game tiles store flat after un-clipping. The plastic used in the clips are a little “softer” than the tiles, so have more give to easily clip and un-clip tiles. Rampage clips are compatible with game tiles made with the OpenLock system, an open source system by Printable Scenery, a creator of 3D printable terrain.

Customizable: While a corner tile takes several pieces and clips, the same pieces will allow you to make walled game tiles in different configurations. No more guessing how many corners, single-wall, or double-wall game tiles you will have to purchase — just make what you need when you need it!

3D Printing: Printable Scenery sells (including for free) files so you can 3D print your own game tiles, including tiles to supplement your Rampage game tiles. The Rampage tiles have more detail than 3D printed tiles.The Printable Scenery site has the game tiles used in the Rampage product line, plus additional tiles and terrain, such as their building line.

Dwarven Forge: Both Rampage and Dwarven Forge start with a 2″ x 2″ game tile of the same height. Dwarven Forge’s game tiles have a “wall on top of the game tile” design, while Rampage has a “wall on the side of the game tile” design. Rampage tiles, then, have “whole” squares available for one-inch miniature bases, while Dwarven Forge tiles are better for rooms and spaces that share back-to-back walls. Myself, I figure I’ll mostly build corridors and second-level rooms with Rampage tiles, and first-level rooms with Dwarven Forge. The 2″ x 2″ game tiles themselves have different designs. If you have a large fancy castle room, you can mix and match tiles.

Another difference between Dwarven Forge and Rampage are the doors. Dwarven Forge doors “swing open”, while Rampage uses an arch wall which has a slot on the top of the wall to insert a door or portculis. You can also make your own inserts, such as a vortex to another dimension, or a piece of wall that has a mysterious painting. Dwarven Forge accessories, such as doors, stairs, and pillars, fit onto Rampage game tiles.

As said, Rampage tiles are made of ABS (“Lego”) plastic, while Dwarven Forge use the softer plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Regarding painting, you can paint Rampage tiles just like you can for Dwarven Forge and other game tiles. Dwarven Forge has a very good video for painting game tiles. Myself, after priming the tiles in black, will paint them with gray craft paint, and wash with Secret Weapon Miniature’s Stone Wash. This is a quick method, and Secret Weapon Miniature’s Stone Wash is, in my opinion, the best wash for wet underground stone. Terrain is generally easier to paint than generic fantasy heroes, so if you are new to painting, you will find these game tiles easier to paint than miniatures you are used to.

Before showing some sample builds, I should mention that you can sticky-tack the Rampage walls — such as the LED skull lights — to the sides of Dwarven Forge tiles. Rampage walls stand upright by themselves, so can be used as walls with 2D grid tiles, such as the Dungeons and Dragons “Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated” cardboard game tiles. You can, of course, stack Rampage game tile builds on top of Dwarven Forge game tiles.

Sample Builds

Here are some sample builds you can make with Rampage game tiles and walls. I’ll start with basic ones that Dwarven Forge game tiles use, then show off some interesting builds that take advantage of the OpenLock game tile system, as well as stacking of the Rampage game tiles. Note that the Dwarven Forge tiles used are from the older line, from their first KS. Dwarven Forge may offer game tiles that I was not aware of at the time of writing this review. Also note that these tiles are prototypes. The older unpainted prototypes are gray, while the final drybrushed samples are black.

Exploded view of the end of a corridor leading through a portcullis.

Rampage game tiles corridor next to a Dwarven Forge game tiles room.

Rampage game tiles corridor ending at a Dwarven Forge game tiles door.

Dwarven Forge game tiles room with a Rampage game tile portcullis (arch wall).

Freestanding Rampage game tile walls and Dungeons and Dragons “Dungeon Reincarnated” City set sewer 2D tile.

Note: The final production product will not have these mold lines. Architects of Destruction: “We will be doing the molds differently so they are ready to go out of the box.”

Conclusion: Myself, I have a few sets of Dwarven Forge game tiles, and I think the Rampage game tiles will be a perfectly fine addition to my collection. Its stackability and use with 2D game tiles will allow me to add additional variety, and I found building rooms ahead of time convenient. Architects of Destruction intends to further expand their Rampage game tiles line, and I look forward to seeing what they have to offer in the future!