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What are clear, intuitive tile sets that help beginning players understand what all is on the map?

Tiles are spread across two different sets: character sets are the ASCII and graphics sets are the creatures.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by StrixVaria, MBraedley, Kappei, Fluttershy, kalina Dec 23 '13 at 16:52

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This question appears to be off-topic because Arqade does not support asset/modification recommendations, or location. – user98085 Dec 16 '13 at 21:38
@FEIchinger There is no blanket ban on mod recommendations anymore as per the Arqade Meta post, Is “mod rec” really an umbrella category that we want to use? Or is it confusing the situation? – galacticninja Dec 17 '13 at 5:44
@galacticninja I see nothing in here about it being a mod recommendation. This is an entirely subjective question. – Frank Dec 23 '13 at 16:19
You may want to try the noob pack. Has a texture pack as well as other helpful features to start with. – Bartlomiej Lewandowski Dec 23 '13 at 19:17
@Frank That was a reply to FEIchinger's potentially misleading comment, specifically: "...Arqade does not support ...modification recommendations..." Also, I disagree with the view that this question is entirely subjective. OP's problem is that he's looking for "clear, intuitive tile sets that help beginning players understand what all is on the map", so answers will most likely be graphic mods/sets. From the meta post I linked to: "Recommending solutions from a large number of possibilities is the core of a wide swath of questions." – galacticninja Dec 24 '13 at 1:02
up vote 16 down vote accepted

Phoebus' Graphic Set comes both packaged with DF and separate.

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I'm actually thinking of switching to this, just for the materials icons. It makes it really easy to see iron, lignite, etc, etc. – C. Ross Jul 14 '10 at 13:21

Mike Mayday's graphical character set is one of the more popular sets, including both characters and tiles.

Example of the pack

One benefit is that he ships a zip of DF already set up with his graphics package.

It is available from his website here.

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I'm not using it at the moment, but Ironhand's Graphics Set looks gorgeous!



I couldn't find any good shots of it in action, though…

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