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Jeremy Yoder
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Since I can't afford dungeon rooms/walls like Dwarven Forge, I've thought it'd be adequate if I could make a poor man's version. I had no idea how, but the other day I came across "Project Bricks" at Michael's for $15. They can be seen at the couple of links below, where 300 small foam "bricks" come in a package.

Anyone ever used them and can say if they are semi-decent? My thought it to glue them onto certain bases (not sure what that'd be) to create rooms and passages, and then throw some paint on them. Thoughts?

Otherwise, I'll take other suggestions for making a "poor man's dungeon," keeping in mind that I'm really not a DIYer...

http://www.floracraft.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=...

http://www.drtoy.com/awards/product.php?ProductID=6661
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They seem to be a nice idea, but the ease with which you can shape them or roll them with your fingers makes me wonder how durable they are likely to be.

Have you thought about using the cheaper versions of Lego and some textured paint afterwards to "rough" them up a little?
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hi Jeremy,

I think the "Project Bricks" would work - but would be unneccessary expensive. if you're willing to build dungeon rooms out of bricks, you can cut them yourself out of polysterene (literally hundreds of bricks for 5$, usable for bases too).

to illustrate what I mean feel free to have a look at my 3d dungeon "project 24", where I tried to build a complete modular 3d dungeon for Descent in 24 hrs and for 24 Euro:

Part 1: Motivation http://www.geekdo.com/filepage/32222/3d-dungeon-part-a-motiv...
Part 2: Construction http://www.geekdo.com/filepage/32223/3d-dungeon-part-b-const...
Part 3: Test Run http://www.geekdo.com/filepage/32224/3d-dungeon-part-c-test-...

Cheers & good luck!

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Try the molds from www.castlemolds.com. Bruce has a set of molds designed to make a Descent board. You need a couple of molds, some plaster (not plaster of paris), craft paint and some misc tools. Around $100 should get you set up.
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You can also use hirst arts molds.

Each mold will run you around $30, but they're reusable.

If you use your 40% off coupon from Michael's that's in practically every Sunday paper, you can buy buckets of plaster for around $5 that make a ton of bricks.

I built a 24" wide pyramid for around $40, and each pyramid after that will run me about $5-7 dollars.

If you look at the Descent custom boards people have made, they use hirst's floor mold.

I beleive the site is:
hirstarts.com
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Plaster of paris does work, although it's MUCH softer and less durable than others.

I use it because it's sooo much lighter.
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woodoo03 wrote:
hi Jeremy,

I think the "Project Bricks" would work - but would be unneccessary expensive. if you're willing to build dungeon rooms out of bricks, you can cut them yourself out of polysterene (literally hundreds of bricks for 5$, usable for bases too).

to illustrate what I mean feel free to have a look at my 3d dungeon "project 24", where I tried to build a complete modular 3d dungeon for Descent in 24 hrs and for 24 Euro:

Part 1: Motivation http://www.geekdo.com/filepage/32222/3d-dungeon-part-a-motiv...
Part 2: Construction http://www.geekdo.com/filepage/32223/3d-dungeon-part-b-const...
Part 3: Test Run http://www.geekdo.com/filepage/32224/3d-dungeon-part-c-test-...

Cheers & good luck!

Damn it. I wish I had a game and regular players so it wouldn't be a waste of time and resources to copy that...
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Despite your claim of DIYphobia, these are very easily put together:

Germy World's paper dungeons, with full instructions.
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I'll third the recommendation for www.hirstarts.com. Their molds are amazing.

I bought a huge box of dental plaster for my projects and I have found it to work much better than regular plaster of paris. The only problem is that I had to setup a "dentist" account and get frequent trade magazines... lol

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Thanks for the input everyone. And wow, woodoo03, that's some impressive work in such a short time and with such low funds.
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forget plaster use this:
 
. Strong, inexpensive ($4 US or so for 4 pounds) and available at most building supply stores (including Ace hardware). (edit- not sure on price...I bought 3 cans some time ago, still not used up)
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thanx. you should keep in mind that I'm no DIY guy at all - so I'm really feeling with you. the secret is "just start".

JYoder wrote:

Thanks for the input everyone. And wow, woodoo03, that's some impressive work in such a short time and with such low funds.
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