I normally try to look at products I purchase in a positive light, but I have to say right off that the "Pirate Set 2" is just not worth the $5.95 cost.
The product comes in a ZIP file that contains 12 separate JPG files for a total size of about 20 MB. There is an overview of the ship, 9 "tiles" of ship decking, a spare "tile" of just water, and then a 5 MB "poster" of the ship.
Oddly, the "cover image" on the RPGNow product page is nowhere in the package. I don't feel a need to have it, but it seems odd to me that they show a "cover" that isn't included.
The "ship layout map" sizes at 8.5" x 11", exactly, so you'll lose water around the edges depending on how much white space your printer requires. There is a black square grid across the whole thing, though it is darker right around the ship. The map shows a sky view of a ship about 105' long. (This is the same as the Demo image, just at a higher resolution than that sample.)
The tiles are divided into three sets. They are sized to print as 8" tiles. The first set shows the exact same images as the "ship layout map", though with less water on the right and left. The second set is the same as the first, but without any water (and without any grid outside of the ship).
The third set of tiles is labeled as "Underdeck" and shows a deck that appears to run the length of the ship.
The final tile is just 8" of water with a grid.
The images are high resolution and were clearly created from fairly high quality graphics. However, I have seen ships just as detailed on the Dundjinni forums. In fact, the images really remind me of something produced in that program. (Which means they will suck the ink right out of your printer.)
Also, as these files are provided in JPG instead of PDF format, you have to make sure your program is going to print them at the size their DPI would suggest. I believe this product would have been much nicer if they had taken the time to convert it into a nice PDF. It would certainly make printing easier.
There are quite a few problems with this product. First of all, the overview clearly shows raised fore and aft decks. However, there is no map of either of these areas provided. The "Underdeck" is clearly the deck below the lower main deck. So, you start with a bunch of missing space that your players are guaranteed to take their characters into.
Second, what's really disconcerting is that the "Underdeck" has stairs leading up that match up with hatches on the overview -- one hatch is on the lower main deck, the other two on the raised foredeck. This makes no sense as these locations are not at the same vertical level.
Third, the product page says "Every set has one fantastic location for the climactic scene plus an assortment of other useful areas." The fantastic location would be the ship itself; right? This isn't even complete. What "other useful areas" are there? The "underdeck" really is one big "area", so I don't think it even begins to qualify.
Fourth, the poster map and the overview map both display exactly the same on the screen, and so unless you have a poster printer, it's pretty well worthless. The overview map is high enough resolution to print nicely in several sections so that it can be taped together. I didn't buy the product for that feature, but they did tout it on the product page.
Fifth, from the name of "deck plans" and the fact that the product "cover image" on the web site shows a full ship with another ocean-type map just below it but angled to the side, I assumed this product was multiple ships. That may have been a bad assumption on my part, but I also believe the product description should be more clear. (It's pretty much the exact same description as all their other products. They didn't take the time to give these items individual descriptions and there is no information on the company's web site.) I think the publisher should have taken the time to put something like "This product contains some of the deck plans for a single ship" somewhere on the page.
Low. The map is incomplete, so I can't even use it as a ship to attack my party's ship unless I want to create those two missing areas myself.
Ripped off. The maps were incomplete. There was no real originality. Plus, this product frankly looks like something that I could have thrown together myself with a few days worth of work with a program like Dundjinni. For $5.95, I expected significantly more.
Buy another product. Go look for free images on the web. You'll get better value.
<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Disappointing<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Ripped Off<br>