The following review was originally posted at Roleplayers Chronicle and can be read in its entirety at http://roleplayerschronicle.com/?p=32955.
The Reactor is where the trouble is brewing. Millions might die. After the characters have been to the SciFi Bar, or spent some time in the SciFi Diner, this is where they will save the world, or at least the starship. It could be the future, the present, or the past, because this battlemap can handle any genre where serious chemistry or nuclear energy production is underway.
The Reactor is a well-rendered specialized area, invoking scenes where the heroes battle terrorists, aliens, or are tasked with preventing serious hardware malfunctions. This battlemap renders two levels of a reactor environment with enough flexibility to support a wide variety of options, allowing the players to have a complicated tactical encounter. There is one entrance and, by definition, only one escape. This is the place where the heroes will win or die, and their actions will determine the fate of many.
Publication Quality: 10 out of 10
DramaScape has done an excellent job of sizing the battlemap segments across multiple pages. This product includes square-grid, hex-grid, and gridless renditions of two reactor levels. The imagery is rendered with great quality. Owners of this product can choose which white edges to cut off so that they can assemble the reactor levels seamlessly. If you want this to last for years, I suggest that you laminate the pieces and use double-sided tape on the white edges so that nothing shifts or stains when players get excited and spill their beverages in their haste to blast aliens before they can blow up the reactor. Another option is to cut off all the white edges and just tape the laminated pieces together directly with glossy tape.
Visual Appeal: 9 out of 10
This map is an excellent rendition of a high-tech energy or chemical production environment. There are walkways, tubes, valves, control panels, and all sorts of features to indulge a variety of tactical challenges. The two levels are similar, but the top and bottom of the ladders for access between the levels are visually well-rendered.
Desire to Use: 8 out of 10
As I’ve mentioned, this is a very specialized environment but perfect for one specific kind of encounter. It could be used in Cold War scenarios, contemporary high-technology situations, or in science fiction confrontations. Fantasy characters would probably blow themselves up in fairly short order in this environment, but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be used as a mystery in such a genre. The Reactor is equally effective for tense combat situations or technical challenges where the characters must solve complex issues to avoid massive destruction.
Overall: 9 out of 10
The Reactor is an excellent addition to your science fiction, espionage, or contemporary action environments, and a quality product from DramaScape. This battlemat is perfect for a final confrontation with enemies or the raw forces of technology. The Reactor allows the Game Master to provide an epic focused situation where the options are limited only by the imagination of the players.