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Tendril's Oak Inn $6.96
Average Rating:4.2 / 5
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Tendril's Oak Inn
Publisher: Encompass
by Katrina R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/14/2010 07:53:06
an excellently detailed full color map of a large Inn. Great artwork that gives you everything you could want in the Inn

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tendril's Oak Inn
Publisher: Encompass
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/04/2010 20:18:33
Even if you already own some other miniatures-scale tavern map, as I do, you still might find Tendril's Oak Inn to be a good purchase if, like me, you don't want every inn or tavern your PCs visit to look the same. As the product description and the cover illustration show, Tendril's Oak Inn sits along a road running alongside a wood—a classic fantasy trope useful in almost any fantasy RPG campaign.

The artwork depicting the inn is very nice and seems to have been created using Campaign Cartographer (or a similar tool). The product includes several different types of maps—battlemaps (in black and white, color, or color with a white background), overview maps, and "scratch maps" suitable for adding DM or player notes—though I'm not quite sure why Encompass found it necessary to distribute so many different PDFs; I can't see any good reason, for example, why the scratch maps come in four one-page PDFs instead of one four-page PDF. (Personally, I also don't like having animals depicted statically on the maps. I can just hear it now: "We'll hide our loot under the third pig on the left. He never moves.")

If all you want is a good map of a woodland inn, this product will serve you well. But the author goes beyond that, and supplies a key to the inn's layout as well as notes on NPCs, plot hooks, and so on, all of which the DM can use or ignore as desired.

Tendril's Oak Inn was my first experience with the Encompass line, and I certainly like it well enough to check out other offerings in the series.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Tendril's Oak Inn
Publisher: Encompass
by Joel S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/06/2009 22:03:42
Excellent product. I used this in a session (six players in my group) and we enjoyed the battle - I probably did more than them. The inn's sprawling maps made it possible for my party to split into two groups - one party member ran outside, stood on an out-building, and fired arrows into a room; while the remained pressed the battle down the hall. This wouldn't have been possible if I had sketched the map out on our dry erase battle mat - and the graphics made combat much more interesting.

This is the second Encompass product I've used and I'll certainly be using all of them - the price is right and my group loves it when I drop the maps out on the table.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tendril's Oak Inn
Publisher: Encompass
by Michael R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/09/2009 06:30:10
This is my 2nd review of this product. Initially, I stated that the artwork was pretty good but neither the layout nor the logistics were. Now, I am happy to retract my initial negative comments and replace them with positive ones. This is a very good product. I have purchased several “inn” type battle tiles sets from various companies. The artwork and attention to detail rank right up there with some of the better inn sets available. I still dislike the fact that you can't page through and look over the entire building without opening 4 pdf files and that the stairs are labeled with giant red arrows. However, those negatives seem minor when compared with the overall quality of the newly-revised product. With the layout and ink-saving changes, I am happy to recommend Tendril’s Oak Inn to any game master who wants a nicely presented place for their PCs to hang out or just pass through on their way to some grand adventure. I will definitely purchase more Encompass products in the future. Their artwork and their willingness to listen to criticism regarding the initial release of their products have hooked me as a customer.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Tendril's Oak Inn
Publisher: Encompass
by Juergen G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/04/2009 02:13:21
Art & design is good, inhabitants are nicely described, plothooks are available, descriptions of each room with a lot of love for detail (example: staff does not like the lavatory on 2nd floor because they have to carry the water up there).
The printing related issues my fellow reviewers report don't bother me - I consider the available view maps, 1 for each floor, nice and detailed enough at least for my roleplaing games, no need to print out anything else.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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