This week's preview looks at a couple of the Common minis from the upcoming Desert of Desolation set.
Rot Scarab Swarm
As the players in my D&D game will attest, I like swarms. (Those players, however, might not have such fond memories.)
A few sets back, in Underdark, we introduced the Swarm of Spiders mini, which was a big pile of spiders on a large base. While the mini looked very creepy (as a pile of spiders is wont to do), I was never particularly satisfied with the utility of that mini. In the D&D game, swarms can occupy other creatures' spaces, and swarms also should be able to adapt to the space they occupy instead of being stuck in a 2-by-2 square. The Swarm of Spiders (and the later Rat Swarm) didn't live up to those expectations. Not only were they on fixed, large bases, but the rounded mound of spiders (or rats) didn't allow the swarm to occupy the same space as another creature. It would have been so much better if we had made the mini flat.
When it came time to put together the set list for Desert of Desolation, we found another opportunity to do swarms. But this time, I think we got it right. The swarm is mostly flat, allowing another Medium creature to be placed on top of it with ease. It's also on a Medium base, which means that four of these minis can pretty easily represent a typical swarm 'creature'. To top it off, the swarm minis are Commons, which makes it easier to get a half-dozen to carpet your dungeon corridor. It all adds up to a piece that I consider one of the coolest in the set, even if it isn't one of the biggest or flashiest.
Next week, something conceptually new!
About the Author
Stephen Schubert is a Developer for RPG R&D and has been involved in many facets of the D&D product line. He's recently been Lead Developer for the upcoming Monster Manual V, Lead Designer on the Eberron adventure Eyes of the Lich Queen, and he's the Lead Developer for the D&D Miniatures Game.
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