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Gamescapes: Story Maps, Pirate Set 2

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Gamescapes: Story Maps, Pirate Set 2
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Gamescapes: Story Maps, Pirate Set 2
Publisher: Savage Mojo
by Dean R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/30/2009 08:19:56
Beautiful artwork, accurate, enough detail for a general overview while allowing the GM to incorporate his own details. Highly recommended.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gamescapes: Story Maps, Pirate Set 2
Publisher: Savage Mojo
by Aron W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/13/2009 19:09:42
This is a great product. Beautiful illustrations, prints well in black and white, and the perfect size ship for a small crew of PCs. Definitely my favorite Age of Sail ship deckplan. Two thumbs up!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gamescapes: Story Maps, Pirate Set 2
Publisher: Savage Mojo
by Joel M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/29/2008 21:47:39
Artwork and layout of all the tiles is just amazing!

These map tiles look great when printed out! – they really make for some cool landscape visualizations for the players!

I plan to use these tiles (along with the other pirate themed Story Cards and Story Maps from Talisman Studios) in a pirate themed campaign very soon – My players are going to love it!

-JM

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gamescapes: Story Maps, Pirate Set 2
Publisher: Savage Mojo
by rick c. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/20/2007 11:49:31
A beautiful set of maps depicting 7 views (including the cover art) of a pirate ship. There are five different images which each could be used as seperate decks and 6 guns (3 on each side) which are shown in each of the images. The ship is 21 squares in length and 6 squares wide. The detailed images are depicted across three pages. The overview image has 6 squares of water on each side of the ship. Let loose the Kraken!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gamescapes: Story Maps, Pirate Set 2
Publisher: Savage Mojo
by damon r. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/16/2007 15:52:59
It may be my fault, as I don't have a super delux color printer. The files took a long time to print. They look absolutely gorgeous on the screen, but burned a lot of ink to print. The color detail looks great. Unfortunately, after realizing how much ink I was gonna consume from the first page, I tried to print in greyscale. There isn't enough contrast to get a good greyscale printout. I guess if you have a high tech color printer, this is a great product. I would like to see a grayscale option that has some better contrast for printing for us poor suckers who don't have good equipment. But if you can handle the printing, these are really nice grids.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Gamescapes: Story Maps, Pirate Set 2
Publisher: Savage Mojo
by Mark S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/12/2007 00:00:00
I like it. Good quality art. Now it's time to run a PotC game :)

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gamescapes: Story Maps, Pirate Set 2
Publisher: Savage Mojo
by James M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/01/2007 00:00:00
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.


Package:
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.


Detailed Description:
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.



Opinions:
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.


Usefulness:
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.


Value:
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.


Recommendations:
Buy another product. Go look for free images on the web. You'll get better value.


QUALITY: Disappointing

VALUE: Ripped Off


Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:

James,

Thank you for your feedback on this map set. While we're sorry that you aren't happy with the pirate ship, your thorough review was much appreciated. Respectful of that, I'd like to address some of your points (and I'll be agreeing with most of them, so keep reading!).

  • the cover image on the RPGNow product page is nowhere in the package... We talked about this when we read your review and had a think about it. Yes, it's not a must-have, but from now on we've decided to add it to all our products just the same.
  • they will suck the ink right out of your printer... We're very proud of the image quality of our products. We consider them to be as good as anything available and they're drawn by great illustrators like Aaron Acevedo and Jason Engle (who made this set). We wouldn't want you to put half-baked cheap looking maps down on your gaming table, and so we're keeping our level of hi-res high color artwork. Yes, it does use ink up. But it's no different to other download products, and we think you'll appreciate the attention to detail.
  • these files are provided in JPG instead of PDF format... Again, we talked about this. Some people prefer the flexibility of JPGs while others like the ease-of-use of PDF. In the end, we decided that we wouldn't skimp on a little extra work and would provide both in future map sets. That way everyone is happy.
  • the overview clearly shows raised fore and aft decks. However, there is no map of either of these areas provided... You know, the moment we read this the entire team rushed to open up the tiles and have a look. Sure enough, the sub-deck tiles aren't in the final package. All I can say is thank you for letting us know! We would have hated to be selling an incomplete ship to people and not knowing about it. We're re-issuing Pirate Map Set 2 with all the pieces and naturally everyone who has an old version will be eligible for a free upgrade. On the plus side, it goes to prove that we're not perfect cyborg game-making machines with a sinister plan to take over the Universe.
  • the poster map and the overview map both display exactly the same on the screen... Yes they do, but we knew that some people wouldn't want to tape together sections and would like one beautiful printout. Some folks have printers that will print off a roll. Others will take the poster image to their local print shop and get a hard copy there. Not everyone will use it, but it looks great if you do, so we thought that we'd include it.
  • I also believe the product description should be more clear... Agreed. We have a new technical / web guru started with us yesterday, and in the coming days we intend to update our whole section of RPGnow. Individual product descriptions will be a part of that, so bear with us for a little while until Alan gets his feet under the desk.

All in all I hope that you can see that we're listening to your comments and appreciate the changes we're making. Most importantly, thank you for bringing the missing decks to our attention (oops). All the comments were appreciated, though, and we agreed with many of them. After all, we use our own products, so we want them to be the very best. We aim to give you the finest gaming accessories at a reasonable price, so that you get the best games without spending heaps of money.

Happy gaming,

-M-
Martin Klimes
Talisman Studios Producer

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