Dunkelstadt - How do I break up a module?

As modular as you want it to be

Some believe that the dark city system is at a slight disadvantage to other systems in terms of modularity. But actually the opposite is the case!
If you have the courage to work on your Dunkelstadt modules, you can easily build your own special accessories.
In this workshop, I will show you how easy and quick it is to create your own accessories, which are not available for purchase and may have some surprises to offer your fellow players.

Step-by-step instruction

Instructions from Thomas (Thommy) Doll

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atom/icons/time 20 min.

You need that

Scalpel
Tinker's knife or carpet knife
Ruler (geo-triangle)
Biro
Sandpaper
Paints
Paintbrush
01
Mark cut edge
As an example, I take a Dunkelstadt module of type 2 and draw the different interfaces with the ruler.
02
Separate corridor tiles
To get as clean a cut as possible, I should mark the cutting lines all around and then follow them with the craft knife. As an alternative to the craft knife, you could also use a fretsaw with a fine saw blade. First carefully, then getting deeper and deeper and staying as vertical as possible, I now cut into the module. When you have cut about 5mm deep all around, the module can be easily broken. If the module is broken off, however, there is an unsightly broken edge that I have to rework.
A sharp scalpel with which you can pre-cut is also a good help.
03
Rework broken edge
I have deliberately broken the module now to show the unclean cut surfaces and how easy it is to remove them.
With one or two strokes over the sandpaper the edge is cleaned.
04
Rework joints
Using a biro, you can now easily draw in the joints and tile patterns on the cut surfaces and press them in.
Simply follow the joints of the tiles over the edge with the biro. Already after priming, almost nothing can be seen of the cuts.
Even if a mishap should occur during the renovation, it can easily be concealed by gluing and priming. 
05
The wall must go!
I cut off one wall completely from the rest of the module and divided it into two equal parts. As already shown with the separated corridor, I smoothed the cut surfaces of the wall pieces, pressed in the joints with a biro and painted all the parts.
The wall pieces can then be placed on this (or other) modules as desired and thus the rooms can be changed.

In this way, various accessories can be built from one module, which brings even more variety into the dungeon and makes it even more modular than it already is.

I hope you have fun building and painting.
Your Thommy from the ZITERDES team

Your crafted results

Thommy (then still at Thomarillion) at the craft workshop at the SPIEL in Essen

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