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Stone of Balance Desert Tiles

July 2nd, 2002
Score : 8.3 good
Peasant She/Her
The Stone of Balance Desert Tiles v1.1 contains 11 tiles to make a desert. This pack contains two sets, one is based on the tiles used in SOB (the tiles TS01-TS07), the other set (the tiles Desert1-Desert5) are newly made by the author or remade to implent easily.

Good: The colours resemble perfectly a desert in the early morning or in the late afternoon.
The tiles contain not only desert, but also cliffs and rocks. Since deserts comes in all kind of shapes and forms, adding hills and rocks is realistic since there are very few deserts which consists merely of sand.
The bottom of the cliff is very well done: you can just imagine the scorpions and snakes living under those overhanging cliffs.
You can add a road which bends and turns.
With the tiles added in this version you can make a reddish coloured desert. Tile Desert5 has some desert-plants which are very nice.

Not so good: The road is reddish. Not a bad colour, but in a desert you would find more likely a trail or track that consists of ribbed sand in a slightly darker sandy colour.

Remark: At the bottom of the mountains there are some very tiny pieces of green. I don’t know if the author overlooked those or if he left them there intentionally, but they give a realistic impression since there are plants in the desert, and the shade of a overhanging cliff is the perfect spot for those to grow.

General remark: If you’d put The Stone of Balance Desert Tiles by SimonK and the The Desert Tile Graphics v1.2 by Dethlord together, you’d have all the tiles you need to make every desert you wish. The only problem is that the tiles don’t blend.

Overall: A very realistic graphics pack to make two kind of deserts.
June 24th, 2002
Score : 9.5 exceptional
Peasant He/Him Australia
Ver 1.1 of the SOB graphics - updated and modified the red/pink rocks joining with the sand so that it is seemless. Plus I put in all the sand mountain graphics from SOB.

Once again 2 sets

Set 1: labelled desert... are new tiles which the author can rename to whatever tiles that can do without. Very handy as with most of these you don't have to do any hardness copy and pasting. The exception is the red/pink rocks meets the mountains. Oh well, with only one set of mountains (meets grass) in the original tile set I guess you have to choose between mountains meets sand or mountains meets rocks.

Set 2 - the modifed SOB desert tiles. These are great because they don't destroy any of the original tiles. Thus you can have desert and mountains/hills and grass with mountains/hills. Downside is you then have to copy and paste hardness.

Overall - if you want good looking deserts, in keeping with the original game look - with a minimum of fuss - then this is the pack for you.

Still comes in at 9.5
June 6th, 2002
Score : 9.0 exceptional
Noble He/Him United Kingdom
I have to say that I feel that these are the definitive desert graphics. They are simply wonderful! They look very good (actually like a desert) and include all the hills and stuff that you get on grass in the original tiles. If you want a desert in your d-mod, these tiles are the way to go.