I’m a big fan of building my own terrain. When I had less children and more time, I wasn’t averse to constructing fully-formed three-dimensional terrain, complete with steps, buildings, streets and floors. There are a couple of problems with creating this kind of terrain however, the least of which being that the effort you put into them doesn’t actually match the returns – I use some terrain for maybe a half hour at most, but it can easily take double or triple that to create.
Then there’s the portability factor. I just don’t have the space anymore, and my kids are fond of playing with cardboard toys until they smash them flat. On the plus side, it’s only cardboard. Also, you can just throw the stuff away if it gets damaged or you don’t want to transport it back – but there are sunk costs into the final product, including my time, cardstock paper, and my poor ink cartridges.
Conversely, more permanent terrain takes up space, costs more, and will take quite a few uses to justify its cost. If you’re playing a lot of Dungeons & Dragons dungeon crawls this makes sense – in more wide-ranging campaigns? Not so much.
Enter Terraclips! TerraClips is a highly modular 3D terrain system which is 100% table ready. Simply punch out the robust die-cut components and clip them together using the patent pending TerraClips connector system. No printing, no cutting, no painting, no crafting skills required. TerraClips offers time constrained gamers the ultimate solution in modular tabletop terrain construction. TerraClips are ostensibly for the Malifaux game but are compatible with most 25 to 28 mm miniatures.
For more information check out the gallery and video. There will be three releases debuting at Gen Con: Streets, Buildings, and Sewers of Malifaux. You can also order them online.