Gencon 2016

GenCon 2016 marks my 10th year in a row getting to play at GenCon Indianapolis – lots of fun as usual. Here are some pictures!

Countdown until Exhibitor Hall opening!WP_20160804_002

The Pokemon Go center…WP_20160804_008

This family had sweet costumes! Go Captain America, Agent Carter, Black Widow, and Hulk!WP_20160804_012

A fantastic Belle!WP_20160805_002

Vault dwellers…WP_20160806_032



And some pics of the newest Dwarven Forge Castles Kickstarter!








Old Dwarven Forge Pictures–The Ruined Temple

[Originally posted on Dwarven Forge forums 2009 Jul 01. In looking for these pictures, I found better ones I took a week later. So I’ve posted these up in place of the original ones, from the perspective of an adventuring group making their way through].

Came home from work, and found boxes of DF awaiting me! Dinner can wait, let’s see these things in action! [This was just at the release of the Return of the Ancients II.]

Ok, so I made this out of two sets of each RoTA I and II – I managed to use every piece except for the wall inserts… (d’oh! I just realized that the special mosaic intersection came with 3 sets… at least I remember not to put both in there!)

So the adventurers find the location of the ancient ruined temple. They proceed cautiously through the entrance…
























I also found a few pictures of just messing around with various configurations…








Secret spinning doors, and secret spinning walls!



Old Dwarven Forge Pictures–Star Wars Minis

Another repost with pictures…

[Originally posted on Dwarven Forge forums 2007 Dec 12]

I’ve been cleaning up my computer files when I found some DF pics from earlier this year. This first set is a set up for a quick Star Wars Mini’s battle…

1: The overall layout which AJ (in the back there, who was thrilled to play with DF!) help to setup… We pretty much just pulled out all the Sci-Fi pieces I have and tried to put them together… around 5 each of starter set, passage set, and alpha expansion, with 2 beta.


2: The heroes racing to extract the vital information from the central computer core


3: Vader leading his entourage to counter them


4: Quickly taking out the forward guards, Mace Windu, Yoda, and Obi-wan sense the apporach of the Sith Lord


5: “Bastila, retrieve the data while we hold them off!”


6: Melee ensues…


Old Dwarven Forge Pictures–Storage Drawers

[Originally posted on the Dwarven Forge forums 2009 Apr 18]

I snapped a few picture of the storage drawers from Target that Aracon mentioned here( As he said, they were very near perfect and hold DF very snug.

The first two pictures shows the whole drawer and cabinet. The DF boxes next to it should give an idication of its size (it was hard for me to image on the Target webpage). Also, it comes without the wheels attached, and I’m leaning towards not putting the wheels on.

The next picture shows the contents of one drawer with just one RoTA set in it. The one after that filled completely up (in this case, with one of the bonus 4-way intersections).

Because there was some play between the top of the DF and the lid, I cut up some of the bubble wrap that came with the individual pieces and put a layer on top of the pieces to give them some cusion to prevent the occasional scratch. The first picture is hard to see (sorry!), but you can make it out beneath the lid in the following one.

Oh, and I thought I’d show how well the DF boxes protect the pieces. When one of the UPS boxes came, there was a large hole in the side of it. Sure enough, whatever punctured it went deep enough that it pushed through the peanuts inside and punched a hole in the white DF box. But the styrofoam in there absorbed it completely without any damage to the pieces.

Thanks again Aracon for the drawer suggestion! I’ve been looking for something like this for years! Though, yes, my girlfriend also now pokes fun at me for buying a “girl’s scrapbook” drawer to hold my “man dolls”. 😎









Old Dwarven Forge Pictures

Hmmm… stumbling on more pictures while sorting through my files.

Pictures taken 2004 Jul 27.

No actual game here – I was just setting up my painted minis in a display case.

I’m particularly proud of the three minis in the foreground of the first picture – they were some of my first paint jobs I did in the 90’s on the old Ral Parth Monsters box set. That minotaur has remained a favorite of mine. The green slime mini was one of the first I painted using a very watery green paint that just turned out fantastic.




The ones below show off the DF Den of Evil sets very well. I think it was my first attempt at making use of the negative spaces with the plastic water cutouts. I can’t remember if this was from a game, or just a diorama like above.

I’m also not sure why the pictures are so grainy – if it was the camera, or a specific setting I was using, or if I scanned these from a photo (I don’t think so). It’s probably operator error. Smile

Pictures taken 2005 Nov 28










Old Dwarven Forge Pictures–Hackmaster Tournament

Wow… in retrospect, the quality of the pictures and the build on these are appalling! Guess we all have to start somewhere to learn!

[Originally posted on the Dwarven Forge forums 2005 Jul 04 – for some reason, my computer says they were taken on 2005 Oct 06, which is both the incorrect month for Origins, and after the posting date…]

I brought about 80 pounds of DF stuff with me to Origins in Columbus Ohio (from Ca!) to use in some Hackmaster tournaments I was running, but ended up being only able to use about half of that (~3 sets) because the bag I was using to transport it broke! … Next time, I’m going to plan a little better…

In any case, here’s a few pictures I snapped with my phone (quality low – sorry!)

The group is tasked with locating a little girl who has wandered off into a maze guarding a Tomb of Kalec’tor – a knight who fell in battle defeating a demon that terrorized the area. This is the first round of the tournament which involved getting through the maze towards the center of the Tomb.

The top encounter shows the party trying to figure out an articulated Statue which is full of traps – ie. sending darts from one wall, or releasing poison gas in another area, etc.

The bottom one is the group facing two mimics which have mimic’ed a floor (the one in the middle) and a wall (the one on the side).



Old Dwarven Forge Pictures–Research base Epsilon, Krataar

I’ve been going through my old Dwarven Forge posts on the forums and remembered that a lot of the old pictures were deleted during a software error around 3 years ago. I have many of them still, so decided to repost them to my blog for future interest.
[Originally posted on the Dwarven Forge forums – on 2006 Mar 11]
I decided to see what I could do with just one of each sci-fi set: So, I pulled out one each of Starter, Passage, Alpha, Beta, and the two free 6″ walls. (Hopefully next weekend I’ll have enough time to put together all of my Sci-Fi stuff! Image 5 each of the first three and two Betas!!)
To add some flavor, I populated the Research Base with minis from my all time favorite RPG – Star Frontiers!
Pictures taken 2006 Mar 11
Why is it that no communication has been heard from the base in over 4 months? The Star Law Rangers enter to investigate. Getting into the airlock was no easy task.
Strange, the blast door didn’t close properly – that must be how the radiation leaked out into the remainder of the base! But that looks more like sabotage than an accident!
Ahh… good, the computer banks should tell us what’s occured.
“HOSTILES SPOTTTED! HOSTILES SPOTTED! Looks like the Sathar agents we’ve been looking for!”
Hope you enjoyed that!
Here are a few more pictures:
This one is of the entire layout using all the pieces from those four sets:
Gotta find some way to use the corner fillers… a portal to the next level sounds good!
This I thought might help out other builders – I didn’t have anything to use as a filler for the negative spaces and there was a weird gap in the port room. That’s when I realized that the floor inlays that come with the Alpha set are thin enough that they could fit under the other pieces without being easily noticeable. Plus, they’ve got the same pattern already on them!

Dwarven Forge Kickstarter 3–City System

On Monday, I received my rewards for the Dwarven Forge Kickstarter 3 – the City Builder System! I haven’t had a chance to open them all yet (work and all that), but I busted some of them out to look at snapped some pictures.


One of the boxes cane with a tear in the outer cardboard – looks like that’s where there was a natural gap in the packaging, so no damage on the inside.


A quick build with some of the buildings and minis from one Town Patrol and the bonus “grab bag minis”!





The rat rider is pretty cool… this one kept falling off the cockroach’s saddle, but very much enjoyed riding the 2-headed croc!




Crossbowman the the 3rd floor!



New gamers!

My friend’s kids have gotten to the age where they can “get” TTRPG. As others have noted, with the popularity of MineCraft, many middle-school aged kids now are very familiar with the D&D tropes (hit points, experience points, leveling, skeletons and monsters, etc!), so it’s a small jump to tabletop RPGs.
This weekend, we had a little gaming convention with a bunch of friends; as a prelude, I ran the little ones through some introductory D&D games. I gave them free reign with Dwarven Forge tiles to build some layouts, then gave them a scenario.
The farmers from the outlying fields to the west failed to show at the last few market days; travelers from that direction gave reports of monsters lurking in the tall unharvested corn stalks. Since the Greyhawk Wars two decades ago, the adolescent PCs were the only able bodied men and women in Hommlett who could be spared to go an investigate…

First game for Lee boys!
First game for Lee boys!