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Streets of Mayhem
Rating: Posted On: March 10, 2006
The Streets of Mayhem is where the Mayhem sets from World Works Games (http://www.worldworksgames.com) starts off.
It has street tiles, parking lot tiles, a wasteland tile, train track tiles and elevated train track tiles with the support structure underneath. There are odds and ends included with the set including a Billboard setup, railroad crossings, a pedestrian overpass, street lamps, traffic lights, street signs, and blockades.
The set is well done for a very basic “there is where you start” set. There are no buildings at all which is sort of a bummer, but for $10 it is well worth the price even without any buildings. Since this is a PDF product you can print as many tiles as you need to create as large a city street setup as you want.
The street tiles are very well detailed with litter strewn around, etc. The randomness to the litter is enough to where you cannot notice with out really trying to see a pattern. Quick glances and normal game play do not reveal any patterns. For the street tiles there are a T-section, 4 way intersection, straight through, and a curved. All of these join up nicely and the stripes in the roadway line up well. The curved can be rotated to vacilitate making 4 corners of a roadway.
The Railroad tiles come in straight through and curved. They are very nicely detailed with gravel and a safety strip along the sides so pedestrians know not to go walking on the tracks. The tracks are to be for a subway which is not included. The subway ramp and the straight and curved subway bridges are very nicely detailed and once assembled are very sturdy. Sturdy enough for very large metal miniatures to stand on. As a test I put on all my Heavy Warjacks from Warmachine and they sat nicely (all 5 of them) without any issues. I have seen modifications where users have put the roadway tiles over the rail tiles on the ramp and bridges (both curved and straight) and it looks great. So there is a lot of versatility that can come from the whole set.
The wasteland tile is great to use for places where something has been destroyed. You can change the whole layout of a city by strategically placing these around the board, to show destroyed road, a building, etc.
The odds and ends that come with the set are very nice too. They are detailed and once assembled and put on the board, really help to bring the board to life. If done well enough, a whole board could be built without buildings and still look great.
The only drawbacks to me for this set were not enough types of road tiles. It would have been nice to have the ability to have wider roads (not just 2 lanes, but 3 or 4 lanes) with turn lanes, etc. The parking lot tiles while nice are not really street type parking, they are actual parking lots with the word STOP written on the road. These are very minor and I am hoping that World Works will create more road tiles down the road (pun intended). There is so much that could be added to this set (as a Streets of Mayhem 2).
I recommend the entire Mayhem line, but the other sets are sort of useless without the Streets of Mayhem. So if campaigning or war gaming in a modern environment, the Streets of Mayhem is where to start.
Rating: Posted On: October 28, 2005
This product is incredible. I have other items from Mr. Senior and they are good, but he has improved greatly with the release of Mars Station. I really like the Mars Soil tiles, the details on them are really good. It would only be better if the tiles themselves were 3d. (rough like real soil) The crawler is an awesome item as well. I liked the shuttle in Firstlight, the crawleers detail is improved 100%.
Unfortunately there is so much to build that I have only finished the terrain tiles, the crawler and two of the buildings.
For those who do not have the time or the talent to build their own 3d terrain, this set rocks. The details are great and the set really stands out.