The following review was originally posted at Roleplayers Chronicle and can be read in its entirety at http://rolep-
Wagons Roll is a more of a set of accessories than a battlemap, though there are pages with sections that form long streets or trail segments for encounters. There are also a number of wagons, horses, cattle, and various objects that might be encountered on the road. The first two images show what all of the terrain pieces look like together at a smaller scale, followed by the individual pages set at a 1″ equal to 5′ scale. The smaller pieces can be placed on other battlemaps or on the road sections to simulate a variety of situations. What players get, once the sheets are cut out or assembled, is a set of road sections with ample items to cover any sorts of road encounters in either urban or rural environments.
Wagons Roll is an excellent production, allowing the players to have complete road encounters. An wide and interesting variety of items is provided, including horses, cattle, upended wagons, wheels lying on the road, log sections, boulders, and both rural and urban streets upon which to place them. This battlemap can save a lot of time and replace hand-drawn items on other battlemaps with high-quality images that give an excellent tactical feel to overland encounters.
Publication Quality: 8 out of 10
DramaScape has done an excellent job of sizing the battlemap segments to fit diverse items. It also includes a square-grid and hex-grid version for each image. I’m very picky on sizing of images for battlemaps, and I noticed that the horses were a bit large for the declared 1″ equals 5′ scale, but that’s just me. I went to the trouble of measuring the largest Clydesdale to see how they fit, assuming large draft horses. The largest horses on Earth are just over nine feet in length from nose to tail, while the scale of these makes them 12 to 13 feet in length. So, these are heroic-scale horses. On the bright side, there’s plenty of room on each to conduct a good fencing match! Other than this minor quibble, everything works out very well.
Visual Appeal: 10 out of 10
This map has captured the essence of what sorts of things players expect to see on an overland road encounter, both on urban streets and out in the rural trails. Both the road sections and the objects to be placed on them are extremely well crafted. My own players will soon be facing some of these items in the next convention game, so it’s money well-spent.
Desire to Use: 9 out of 10
I’ll be using this in my next convention run, since I happen to have heroic-scale horses in my game world! Wagons Roll is an excellent product for misunderstandings on the road, or even for pleasant encounters. The construction is such that desired sections can be easily cut out, which is exactly what I’ll be doing shortly. What you get for your money is a full road or trail experience for your fantasy role-playing encounters.
Overall: 9 out of 10
Wagons Roll is an excellent addition to your fantasy or pulp environments and another quality piece from DramaScape. By focusing on visually appealing accessories, Wagons Roll allows the Game Master to the players with high overland adventure with excellent visual quality.