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AC8 3-D Dragon Tiles featuring The Revenge of Rusak (Basic)

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Princess Arelina rushes from the tent as total disorder breaks out across the camp. She descends on your party as you struggle to secure your weapons . . .

Wonderfully descriptive, isn't it? Well, now you can see it for yourself with the 3-D Dragon Tiles. Use the Dragon Tiles to bring your D&D adventures to life.

This package includes 3-D figures featuring tents, trees, carts, a waterfall, and characters. A sheet of 2-sided tiles include trails, streams, creatures and other wilderness features. A wilderness mapping grid is included to help you lay out wilderness encounters quickly.

The 3-D Dragon Tiles also comes with a special D&D adventure, "The Revenge of Rusak."

Product History

AC8: "3-D Dragon Tiles featuring The Revenge of Rusak" (1985), by David "Zeb" Cook, is the eighth "AC" Accessory for Basic D&D. It was published in July 1985

About the Module Code. The printed cover of "3-D Dragon Tiles featuring The Revenge of Rusak" (1985) clearly says that it's "AC3". But it's not; that would be AC3: "3-D Dragon Tiles featuring The Kidnapping of Princess Arelina" (1984), printed a year earlier. Fortunately, TSR caught their error and printed a sticker for the module that said "AC5". Except it's not that either; that would be AC5: "Dungeons & Dragons Player Character Record Sheets" (1984).

"The Revenge of Rusak" actually fits into the "AC" series as "AC8". Though TSR never used that identification on the printed module, they did use it in the extensive listing of products found in the Magic Encyclopedia, Volume One (1992). (It's also the obvious gap in the sequence.)

Origins (I): (AC)cessorizing. The middle of the "AC" line had a decreased amount of content with "AC5" and "AC5", where were both packs of character sheets (1985), but now the "AC" series was returning to more familiar grounds: accessories with short adventures. AC8: "3-D Dragon Tiles featuring The Revenge of Rusak" (1985) thus followed AC7: "Master Player Screen featuring The Spindle" (1985).

Origins (II): A Sequel. "The Revenge of Rusak" is in all ways a successor to AC3: "3-D Dragon Tiles featuring The Kidnapping of Princess Arelina" (1984). Just like its predecessor, it focuses on color cardstock figures. However, the short adventure is also a sequel, set some years after "The Kidnapping of Princess Arelina". The pre-generated characters are all leveled up, the princess is grown up, and the previous villain has been resurrected.

About the Components. Just like "The Kidnapping of Princess Arelina", "The Revenge of Rusak" makes ground-breaking use of battle mats and fold-up figures. The only difference is this time they're all for the outdoors, with the battle map depicting the wilderness, the feature tiles showing a number of rocks and plants, and the stand-ups including rock formations and tents.

The use of the tiles looks even more like the use of Dragon Tiles (2006-2012) in D&D 4e (2008-2012) than its predecessor, because some of the encounters in the adventure book even depict a fully laid out map for the encounter.

Adventure Styles: Wilderness Exploration. Though theoretically a wilderness adventure, "The Revenge of Rusak" doesn't follow any of the tropes common to the D&D Expert Set (1981, 1983). Instead it's a set of episodic encounters, leading the players from one to the next until they arrive at the end.

Exploring Mystara. "The Revenge of Rusak" confirms that it's a generic adventure, saying "It has no particular background setting so it can be used any time the PCs are traveling to another place." This confirms that "The Kidnapping of Princess Arelina" wasn't set in the Known World either. This was a real rarity for Basic D&D adventures; even more notably, none of the major fan organizations has tried to place these adventures in that setting.

About the Creators. Cook was one of the major authors of the Basic D&D line, going back to the D&D Expert Set and X1: "The Isle of Dread" (1981). This is one of his less-known offerings for the line.

 
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March 13th, 2012
Outdoor 3d cardboard props and mini's also includes an advenutre that is a continuation of the plot form the dungeon/indoor props in The Kidnapping of Princess Ariana. [...]
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March 17th, 2006
This is a pretty cool little 3d cardstock encounter from the old days. As usual, the scan is bad, but it doesn't really effect the cutouts, just the text. <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Liked the artwork and how it formed a complete enc [...]
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