By Thilo Graf
This installment of Jonathan Robert’s Fantastic Maps line comes as a 63-page pdf, one page front cover, 1 page how-to-use, leaving 61 pages of content, so let’s check it out!
The pdf kicks off with a one-page version of the map with a grid, to give you an overview. The ship comes with 8 ballistae as well as mostly semi-translucent masts, making placing PCs on the ship rather easy.
After that, we get a blown-up version of the map for use with miniatures, both in colour and in greyscale. Each of the blown-up version takes up 30 pages.
The pdf does go above and beyond, though, and provides us maps of the 3 lower decks as high-res jpegs. They come in greyscale and full colour with grids, full colour without grids (thanks!) and in full colour without objects. The installment goes even further, though: We also get versions with grid (colour + greyscale) for the upper decks while the ship is moored and while it’s underway and of course, versions without the items and without grid. Woaow, that’s much content, even for Fantastic Maps! We also get a grid-less sea-jpeg.
Even better, we get map-pack files for the maps and 6 additional pdfs: 34 pages inside deck, 40 pages moored version and 52 pages underway – in both letterpack and A4-versions. Beyond even that, we get .pngs for ALL THE ITEMS and versions of the ship and even the sails!
Of all the Fantastic Maps-files I’ve seen, this one goes furthest in content, versatility and ability to be used – the modularity is stellar, the map beautiful and best of all, we get to choose whether to take grids, objects etc. or leave them. This pdf is simply stellar and my favourite installment of the line until now, thus my final verdict will be 5 stars and the Endzeitgeist seal of approval – excellent map with a lot of customizing options.
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