|The assembled Deadzone terrain looks good at first glance.|
When opening the box, I was rather overwhelmed by the sheer number of terrain sprues. With so many pieces, it was difficult to visualize what I could actually make. After looking at the back of the box, I decided that I would start by just trying to make what was pictured there. They had a nice variety of buildings, towers, and walkways, all of which would be good for games of Deadzone and would familiarize me with their assembly. As I started cutting out pieces and assembling them, I quickly realized there were not enough pieces to make the terrain displayed on the box. There are only enough wall panels to make about two thirds of what is on the box. Worse than this, however, is that they give you far too few of the pieces for connecting the panels together. There are so few in fact, that you cannot even fully assemble all of the terrain they give you. Because they give you so few connectors, you are forced to use them sparingly, resulting in terrain that is less sturdy. The connectors are also prone to breaking when you try to use them; this is especially bad when taking the terrain apart.
|If you are not very careful when assembling or disassembling the terrain you can easily break connectors like this.|
|If you force connectors into place that have not been trimmed down, it can result in unsightly seams like this one.|
|All of the Deadzone terrain I was able to assemble with the provided connector pieces.|
Steps to assembling terrain:
1. Decide what you want to make and remove the pieces.
2. Determine the best position for the connector pieces (since they are limited in quantity), often one per side of a wall, using the opposite position on the other side of the wall for added stability.
3. Attempt to snap in connector using your fingers; if they do not snap in easily sometimes flipping over the piece and trying the other side helps.
4. If the connectors do not go in easily, trim away any excessive moldlines in the holes where the connectors fit, in addition to carefully trimming some plastic away from the connector tabs themselves. This should allow you to snap the pieces in.
- Any tool with a flat metal surface is helpful for applying a more consistent force to the connector, assisting in snapping a difficult connector into place.
- It is better to trim a connector down a bit, rather than force it into place, as they can break or bend
5. If you wish to take the terrain apart, carefully wiggling the relevant pieces back and forth slightly eventually gets the pieces apart. You can also use a needle nose pliers or small screwdriver to pop the connectors out by apply pressure to the little nub of the connector inset into the relevant wall piece.
|Having put together the terrain, I was quickly able to put the terrain to good use, trying out the Deadzone rules firsthand.|