I use and review a lot of terrain products, both printable and pre-printed. Good terrain and map products give me attractive and interesting stages for the miniatures to play out combat scenes; the best ones also plant story ideas in my head. By those criteria, the Crystal Cave is one of the best 2D printable terrain products I’ve encountered recently—maybe even the very best one that I added to my collection in 2012. The map is beautifully illustrated and evocative. The gridded map is positively huge, measuring 37" x 31" when fully assembled (and requiring twenty sheets of paper)! The package also includes isometric views of the whole complex and individual “rooms,” plus full-sized files for poster printing and very large (3,700 x 3,700 pixels) JPEG files for use in online tabletop software. LZW has really given DMs the whole package here! I gave this product four stars instead of five for two reasons. First, the maps, especially the ones you’d print at home, contain altogether too much black around the edges of the caverns for my taste. I’d like to see a tighter trim there. Second, although the product is marketed in English to an Anglophone audience, the English grammar is terrible. “These stone pillars are dangerous. If you want go to the other side you need go away them.” “The aim of the game may be the defeat of the monster what live in the cave, or the crossing on the cave.” I care too much about words to give such a product all five stars. LZW needs a collaborator who speaks English (or American) well to really make their prose shine like their pictures.
[4 of 5 Stars!]