The following review was originally posted at Roleplayers Chronicle and can be read in its entirety at http://roleplayerschronicle.com/?p=26764.
The Tavern 3D is a complete paper model set / battlemap depicting everything you need to construct a fantasy or historical tavern. It is not just a series of generic walls that require you to design the tavern yourself; rather it is a defined set of walls with decoration (such as shelves, windows, and doors) and floor tiles to construct the tavern as one would expect a tavern to be constructed (although this is flexible, it is not as generic as other sets you may find).
The Tavern 3D is an interesting concept to the paper model design. Some paper models are so specific that you can only build them one way while others are so generic that you end up with a large pile of inch-long wall pieces requiring extensive assembly to get the finished product. As-is, The Tavern 3D can be quickly constructed to build the given tavern or you can opt for something bigger by printing multiples of the pages and assembling as desired. So what’s the difference? The wall pieces are much longer removing the need to assemble five short pieces simply to create one wall (which could easily fall apart). This construction method works well for a simple location, such as the tavern.
Publication Quality: 7 out of 10
The textures on The Tavern look fantastic and the decorated pieces are an absolute bonus. So much that even the tables have food on them and the chairs are fully detailed. Construction looks simple enough and there are lines depicting where to fold. However, this is a 3D paper model and with a set such as this, a construction guide is extremely helpful (if not necessary) to depict how the pieces fold, fit-together, and how to keep them from falling apart. Additionally, a picture of the actual assembled product is a great reference for once you’ve finished (as then you can see if you did it correctly or not).
Visual Appeal: 10 out of 10
Lots of great-looking details and the textures on the floors, walls, and decor are superb. A lot of attention is paid to details in terms of how realistic the textures look and how well they appear next to each other (in terms of blending the textures as the pieces stand “attached”). DramaScape always pays a lot of attention to detail when it comes to visual appeal.
Desire to Use: 10 out of 10
If you’re looking for a simple tavern and would like it to be a great centerpiece, this is definitely a set to invest in (which doesn’t require a large investment). Considering how many times a game can start or come around to a tavern, having a great centerpiece like this makes your game that much more exciting. If you’re creative enough, you could even find a way to construct other simple buildings using this same set.
Overall: 9 out of 10
The Tavern 3D is a wonderful paper model set for such a simple location. Plus the beauty of using a paper model set is that it’s easily reusable and easily reconstructed for other uses. This is a great alternative to the standard battlemap or the expensive resin set.