Towers are a central construction on the subject of tabletop roleplaying video games. No matter machine you run – Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Zweihander, The Witcher TRPG, and so forth. – in the event you play lengthy sufficient the possibility your birthday party has to courageous a mad wizard’s spire, a derelict watchtower, or a haunted lighthouse is nearly assured. And in the event you map out struggle with miniatures and struggle mats like I do, the chances are similarly as excellent that you simply’ve waged miniature conflict in hand-drawn dry-erase circles as you climbed your solution to the highest of the imaginary landmark.
As good fortune would have it, WizKids has persevered to strengthen its fresh line of TTRPG miniature terrain and set items with a shockingly huge and intuitive construction merely referred to as The Tower. WizKids despatched us over a pattern of the product to place thru its paces, and whilst I’ve performed with and examined out a large number of miniature items in my time, The Tower is without doubt one of the coolest issues I’ve ever used.
WizKids’ The Tower Symbol Gallery
Take a look at this slideshow gallery to peer the whole lot incorporated in WizKids’ The Tower set piece.
Prior to I am getting into the nuts and bolts of what comes with the piece, let’s get the fundamentals out of the best way. The Tower is a completely huge construction – a set centerpiece – that carries an similarly noteworthy ticket of $250 USD. It’s coming quickly in a rolling unencumber however will have to be to be had at your native recreation retailer in time for the vacations. In fact, it’s additionally to be had to pre-order at this time thru Wizkids’ on-line store and Amazon.
What’s within the Field?
After taking part in with The Tower itself for a couple of days, that ticket is sensible. It’s a high quality construct with a large number of idea put into it that makes it each horny and sensible. And, simply from a uncooked fabrics perspective, this factor is massive, status over a foot tall absolutely assembled. Its 3 distinct flooring stack upon one some other or may also be got rid of and laid out for simultaneous play. Each and every surface is roughly 4 inches tall with a corpulent eight-inch diameter for an enormous playable house inside of each and every of 3 sections. Totally assembled, The Tower is a majestic piece that, effectively, towers above miniatures, and each and every surface internal with ease suits a pair dozen medium miniatures, a number of huge, or even a couple of huge-sized miniatures, or any aggregate thereof.
What’s extra, it’s made with the similar sense of practicality that I discovered in WizKids’ WarLock Tiles: moderately modular, reversible, and with sufficient high quality of existence forethought that it’s no longer a ache to make use of. After messing with a couple of builds and working a couple of struggle encounters in it, The Tower doesn’t strike me as a kind of dear items that simply appears to be like nice however comes aside when the wayward hand bumps it the flawed approach. It’s a solid, well-constructed mix of laborious and tender plastics that took me about fifteen mins to fully collect, and some other 5 to tug aside.
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And one of the most perfect portions is that each piece of The Tower joins snuggly with its different portions thru a sequence of thick tabs and grooves. Each and every piece slides in combination, and the flex within the plastic assists in keeping them in position, so that you’re no longer having to make use of a ton of clips or fear that one of the most snaps goes to wreck off sooner or later. The reality this entire factor comes in combination with none fasteners and stays strong is in truth extremely spectacular.
And despite the fact that I by no means idea I’d in finding myself speaking about facilities in miniature buildings, The Tower is awful with them. Each and every surface is loaded with distinctive main points and separate items – like 3 standalone stone staircases that have compatibility within each and every surface. Those inclusions no longer best breathe some existence into it however serve sensible functions and slide out and in conveniently.
The bottom surface has a collection of functioning, wood-facade double doorways, and slide-on buttresses that climb the outside aspects of the tower and curl over the second-floor external. Stylistically they’re nice, however additionally they lend a hand safe the second one surface when it’s stacked, making the root rock cast. I attempted to “by chance” knock this factor over and not anything wanting a planned smack with really extensive drive makes it budge.
The second one surface rests on grooves atop the bottom surface for safety and is derived with 8 oblong cavities within the partitions that area detailed stone home windows that slip out and in with out snaps or clips. The design appears to be like nice and you’ll simply pop them out if you wish to manipulate a miniature on the second one surface with out pulling the highest layers off.
The 3rd surface is somewhat same old, despite the fact that the outside does raise some distinctive ornamental stonework, on the other hand, it helps the roof which is definitely essentially the most dramatic component of The Tower. Integrated with The Tower are 4 sections of soft-plastic, stone-facade robed figures with palms interlocked, which slide in combination to collect a hoop of those statues that may be slotted into holes, for an excellently creepy, mysterious aesthetic – despite the fact that you’ll go away them off to make use of the distance for miniatures. The roof’s supposed playable house comprises a round platform of one-inch catwalks on your miniatures, in conjunction with a detachable clear-plastic dome within the middle, made to seem like a pitcher, iron-bound dome that is helping promote the ornate, mystical nature of a wizard’s tower.
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What’s extra, in the event you take away the glass dome, the round hollow completely suits a miniature with a four-inch base, just like the Grownup White Dragon Top rate miniature, or the Niv-Mizzet, Izzet Guildmaster Top rate Determine from the Icons of the Nation-states: Guildmasters’ Information to Ravnica miniature set. It’s no longer marketed as such, I’m simply pronouncing in the event you’re searching for a dragon lair or one thing implementing to set atop your tower to push back pesky adventurers, those dragons paintings effectively.
Finally, and I do know this would possibly appear to be a small factor, however the real field The Tower is available in has a maintain so it doubles as a sporting case. I do know that doesn’t most sensible the checklist of cool options, however in the event you’re like me and repeatedly transporting terrain for recreation night time, the truth it breaks down right into a trip case is a big plus in my guide.
Positive, it’s dear, but when you’ll justify the price for your self or the Dungeon Grasp to your existence that already has the whole lot, The Tower simply one in every of my favourite TTRPG miniatures set items I’ve ever gotten my palms on. In the previous few years, WizKids has in point of fact stepped up its efforts within the miniature house, I’m in point of fact excited to peer what comes subsequent. Within the interim, I’m going to head kill some adventurers in The Tower.
Brandin Tyrrel is IGN’s Supervisor of Editorial Occasions. You’ll be able to in finding him on Unlocked, or chat over on Twitter at @BrandinTyrrel.