92089[1]By Thilo Graf

This map pack comes as both with a 19 and 33-page pdf, each with 1 page front cover, 1 page how-to-use, leaving 17 and 31 pages, respectively.

Let’s start with the lower level:

We get a one-page version of the map, complete with grid and 8 pages blown-up versions of the map (including grids, of course)for use with miniatures as well as a b/w-version blown-up version of the map.

We also get the 1-page overview-map on the upper-level as well as 16 pages of blown-up versions of the map, again in full-color and b/w.

The lair is in itself interesting, as it is located in a cavern featuring a waterfall and features the stunning level to detail I’ve come to appreciate from Jonathan Robert’s work. Even better – poor Europeans like yours truly get the whole maps in A4-format as well.

The Fantastic maps line also provides jpegs of the overview maps, with and without grids as well as full maptool-support.

What really made my day with this installment of fantastic maps, though, was the additional isometric version of the bandit’s lair that is provided in a separate jpeg: Damn, I love it. Perhaps because it conjures up some pleasant memories of grognardian days of old for me, but I love it and its inclusion proves that this already excellent line seeks to go above and beyond.

Conclusion:

The maps are stunning and bookmarked, the support is extensive and for several formats and the isometric bonus jpeg is just great. I could whine about wanting a blown-up isometric version of the map in addition to the top-down ones, but that would be criticizing for additional, awesome content. This installment went even further than other ones and thus I’ll happily, gladly give it a full 5 stars – Jonathan Roberts has once again provided an interesting location that is far cooler than the rather generic “Bandit’s Lair”-title would lead you to presume. Highly recommended!

Fantastic Maps–The Bandit’s Lair is available from:

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