March has been a good month for pen-and-paper RPG Kickstarter campaigns. Earlier this week, Matt Forbeck wrote about Dwarven Forge’s Caverns, and just yesterday a friend of mine tipped me off to the cool Blue Dungeon Tiles from Red Kobold Games.
Blue Dungeon Tiles are a collection double-sided, 4″ x 4″ map tiles printed with 1″ grid lines. One side features with some of the more common dungeon landmarks like narrow corridors, sharp corners, and T-shaped intersections. The other side is printed with a standard 16-square grid. As the name suggests, all of the tiles are printed in classic grid-paper blue for both nostalgia and high-visibility during dungeon encounters.
The tiles are covered with a laminated coating so they can be used with dry-erase, wet-erase, and even permanent markers.
Blue Dungeon Tiles are not just for fantasy-setting games; they can be used for any game system that has adventurers running down corridors. You can literally build the map as your party journeys deeper into the adventure (making the tiles perfect for use in conjunction with Chessex Dungeoneering Dice).
Like any Kickstarter, this one has a number of backer levels from the Sampler Set (which will get you 8 tiles), to the Basic Set (48 tiles with 8 different front-side designs in a white plastic clamshell case), to the Basic Hardcore Gamer which comes with 120 tiles. There are retailer and even higher backer levels available as well.
In addition, a Dungeon Master Add-On is available for $5 that gives backers access to a layered PDF file that can be used in numerous configurations to build custom tiles (check out a non-printing demo of this PDF at the Red Kobold site), and any backer at the Sampler level and above will receive a sheet of Fantasy and Tech decor items printed on sturdy card stock to dress up your dungeons, spaceships, or abandoned industrial waste facilities.
As of this writing, Blue Dungeon Tiles has already exceeded its campaign goal, but there are still a few stretch goals to hit that will open up additional tiles in the Expert and Advanced Tile Sets.
You can read more about the Blue Dungeon Tiles project at the Red Kobold Games site.