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Part of our Backwater Town map series, Merchants includes 36 full-size maps detailing the merchants from a small backwater town of the type that would be found on a planet on the outer rim or a frontier area on your campaigns main world.

Versions of the merchants have been provided to fit into each of a Desert, Arctic, or Grasslands envioment. The maps also come in furnished or unfurnished versions.

Designed to be able to be used with any roleplaying game system, these maps are easily able to be integrated into popular Virtual Tabletop (VTT) systems such as Roll20, Fantasy Grounds or others. The maps may also be printed.

Whether your characters are rebel scum trying to resist an evil empire or a part of a rag-tag colonial fleet fleeing an apocalyptic attack, moisture farmers looking for a missing robot, the former crew of an ice freighter trying to survive in the endless expanse of space, mutants sruggling to survive in a post-apocolypitc world, cowpokes looking to make their fortune in the wild west or just travellers journeying through the galaxy, at some point or another in your campaign these maps will come in handy.

In addition to a GM Notes booklet describing each of the maps and containing instructions for use, we have also included GM Notes layers as PNGs with transparent backgrounds to be placed on the GM Notes layer in VTTs and tokens for the Cargo Elevators. Full details on the files included are below.

This set includes the following map files:

  • Merchant Lower Desert.jpg
  • Merchant Lower Desert (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Lower Unfurnished Desert.jpg
  • Merchant Lower Unfurnished Desert (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Lower Arctic.jpg
  • Merchant Lower Arctic (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Lower Unfurnished Arctic.jpg
  • Merchant Lower Unfurnished Arctic (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Lower Grassland.jpg
  • Merchant Lower Grassland (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Lower Unfurnished Grassland.jpg
  • Merchant Lower Unfurnished Grassland (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Lower - GM Overlay.png
  • Merchant Upper Desert.jpg
  • Merchant Upper Desert (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Upper Unfurnished Desert.jpg
  • Merchant Upper Unfurnished Desert (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Upper Arctic.jpg
  • Merchant Upper Arctic (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Upper Unfurnished Arctic.jpg
  • Merchant Upper Unfurnished Arctic (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Upper Grassland.jpg
  • Merchant Upper Grassland (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Upper Unfurnished Grassland.jpg
  • Merchant Upper Unfurnished Grassland (Grid).jpg
  • Merchant Upper - GM Overlay.png
  • Tent Market Desert.jpg
  • Tent Market Desert (Grid).jpg
  • Tent Market Unfurnished Desert.jpg
  • Tent Market Unfurnished Desert (Grid).jpg
  • Tent Market Arctic.jpg
  • Tent Market Arctic (Grid).jpg
  • Tent Market Unfurnished Arctic.jpg
  • Tent Market Unfurnished Arctic (Grid).jpg
  • Tent Market Grassland.jpg
  • Tent Market Grassland (Grid).jpg
  • Tent Market Unfurnished Grassland.jpg
  • Tent Market Unfurnished Grassland (Grid).jpg
  • Tent Market - GM Overlay.png
  • Backwater Town - Merchants - GM Notes.pdf (a guide to help you incorporate the maps into your campaign)

The GM Overlay.png files are made to be placed on the GM notes layer in your Virtual Tabletop system of choice. Since they are the same size as the map, once the settings for the map are correctly set, they can be easily placed on the GM notes layer.

Users are granted a license to use these maps and GM Notes for their personal use only via either display on a virtual tabletop gaming system (VTT) or to print them to be used for reference and/or play-aids. Any commercial use is strictly forbidden without express written permission. If you wish to use the maps and/or GM Notes in a public live stream video of your game or in the context of a review please contact us at support (at) mmpapps (dot) com to secure permission. The license is not transferable and the maps and GM notes may not be redistributed, resold or sub-licensed in any way.

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File Last Updated:
February 16, 2019
This title was added to our catalog on February 03, 2019.