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Fantastic Maps - Illfrost: Ancient Temple $3.99 $2.99
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.

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