Sometimes there’s a new release from WotC that no one seems to notice. This time round it’s a new tiles set, Shadowghast Manor. It was bound to get overlooked what with Heroes of the Feywild dropping on the same day. I think these sets have very quietly been getting better and better over time. I am glad we’re not continuing with the 3d stuff, which is actually a pain to store and is a bit gimmicky. This set is good old fashioned stuff, it’s 6 double sided heavy card sheets of playable goodness.
One side is a blend of grassy outdoor areas and a gothic looking manse. The indoor sections have separating walls, which is new to this set (other sets use the goals between tiles as the wall areas). The flip side is all about crypts, cellars and catacombs. These ones are really good, as they match up with the traditional dungeon tiles and have bags of personality, if rooms can have such a thing.
I like this set enough that flicking through the tiles is really getting my imagination going. I want to set up some tiles, grab some mining and get a game going based on this stuff. I’m already thinking of that family detailed in Threats to the Nentir Vale (the Gravelstokes, a family of assassins in the paragon tier) and their lair. Hmmmm.