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Fantastic Maps - Illfrost: Ancient Temple $3.99 $2.99
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Fantastic Maps - Illfrost: Ancient Temple
Publisher: Illusionary Press
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/12/2012 17:50:37
This large map done in Jonathan Robert’s signature hand-drawn style turns out to be one of those printable maps that would benefit a lot from a key or a page of explanatory text. The temple, designed by Don Pritchett for his Illfrost setting, has several features that I don’t quite understand. I know nothing about the Illfrost setting that I haven’t gathered from Roberts’s maps, but apparently real estate is pretty cheap there, for the architecture of this temple seems rather inefficient, with lots of unused space. I don’t really understand the furnishings of the entry hall. What are those crates, barrels, and bundles doing in that space? What are those long rectangular things? From the interior shadows, they appear to be troughs, but if so, why are they there? Is that a fire burning in the middle of the entry hall? And why are there nine small (wooden?) poles standing upright in one corner? A map product that suggests interesting story elements usually excites me; unfortunately, this one confuses. The spiral staircase leading to another level—not included in this product—annoys me a little. Still, this map pack is a worthwhile purchase if you’re adventuring in Illfrost, or any setting where you want a small dungeon complex with ritual overtones. Like all of the Illfrost map packs, the artwork fills the entire sheet of paper, and the pages are tiled with a small amount of overlap. You don’t need a full-bleed printer to use this product, though you may run into slight difficulties if you have an older inkjet printer that leaves a 1/4"–1/2" white margin on each side.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Fantastic Maps - Illfrost: Ancient Temple
Publisher: Illusionary Press
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/10/2012 09:11:32
This installment of Jonathan Robert's Fantastic Maps-line is 55 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page how-to-use.

As has become the tradition in the Fantastic Maps series, the pdf kicks off with a one-page version of the full-color map with grids.
After that, we get 26 pages each for the blown-up versions of the map for use with miniatures. It should be noted that the pdfs come in both letterpack and A4-formats and that we get maptool-files for this map as well. Apart from that, the only additional piece we get is a high-res version of the dungeon level, for that's what this essentially is - 4 rooms and some connecting corridors.

Conclusion:
I like the map - Jonathan Roberts CAN draw and has quite a talent for depicting objects and enticing, well-made maps. However, I do have a gripe with this map - spoilt as I am by the series, this one just lacks the huge array of bonus items, versions of the map without grid, alternative maps etc. The temple is cool and looks fine and creepy, but on a whole, doesn't feature any particular room that made me go "This is a temple". As a dungeon map, it's fine, for usage with the Illfrost setting, it will definitely work. Apart from that, I'm not so sure. Thus, my final verdict will be 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3.

Endzeitgeist out.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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