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Fantastic Maps - Iconic Island
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Steve B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/16/2019 21:49:13

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Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Fantastic Maps - Iconic Island
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Chris H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/15/2013 23:49:27

This “Fantastic Map” differs from most of its line in two notable ways. First, the scale; instead of a miniatures-scale battlemap, this map presents an exploration-scale overview of the titular island. When I say “exploration-scale,” understand that the map itself doesn’t prescribe a scale. The land mass presented could be a relatively small island or a large continent; it’s all up to you. Second, the format: instead of the usual PDFs, this map ships as a set of four JPGs, allowing for easy editing using Photoshop, GIMP, or a similar tool. Third, the icons: the product includes a folder full of beautifully-textured icons (in PNG format) that you can layer upon the JPG backgrounds to produce a keyed map to your own specifications. If you’re competent with an image-editing program that uses layers and opens both JPGs and PNGs, you’ll find this to be an excellent product.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Fantastic Maps - Iconic Island
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by John D H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/04/2013 11:37:49

This island is well drawn and the icons are very useful. I have added the map as a continent-island as the basis for an RPG campaign and have been populating it. The terrain with the open flatlands to the west and the central mountains and and forested areas to he north and northwest make geographical sense. I am looking forward to more of this same genre, hpefully details of the same island. I have also got the same Fantactic Town set also.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Fantastic Maps - Iconic Island
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/07/2013 11:37:22

I am gearing up for the BIG finale of my years long 3e game. The final battle where the forces of good battle the forces of evil happens on an Iceland-like island in my world. I could have drawn anything, I could have even taken an older module and altered the island in Photoshop. With this product I didn't have too. It even looks almost EXACTLY like what I wanted. The ZIP file contains maps of the island. Non-marked, marked and hexed variants. Plus a BW version. There is no text or fluff to go with this, which is great, I have my own. This is my new Dragon Isle! I would love to see more products like this one.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Fantastic Maps - Iconic Island
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Paolo P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/11/2013 04:23:47

First and foremost a message to the author: MORE OF THIS PLEASE!!! There is a lack of "bare" hi-quality overland maps (continental/world ones) which are great tools for "worldbuilder" GMs like me. I'd happily buy stuff like this on a weekly basis :)

Coming to the map itself: the quality is pretty good, I'd argue awesome for the price. I admint I spotted more charming works made by amateurs on Cartographers' Guild but again: the price is so low that you get more than what you pay for. The absence of details actually helps you in redefining the scale, from an island to an entire small continent. Mind that there are no hills on the map: greens, forests and mountains so if you want to use it as a detailed continent you'll have to photoshop it out a bit or stuck to what you've got.

I would have rated this 5 stars if not for the bad-thought package content: you could find the bare map and a bunch of very good quality PNG icons to help you mark your map out (and that's good), plus:

  • the map with already placed icons: I'm in doubt about the usefulness of this, but hey...
  • the map with icons and hexes: good, but there is no scale for the hexes so it's of little help per-se (a TXT file would have suffice)
  • the map with icons and hexes, B/W: this was achievable with a minor effort by everyone able to put writings on the map (99.9% of the target audience, I guess)

So, where are the hexes layer alone to place on my self-icon-ized map? Not there. Why not a layered PDF with the hexes at least? There is no scale-info, not the hexes by themselves, there are no layering or sources to build upon. You're stuck with a good res JPG of very good quality and you'll need photoretouching skills to recreate what's provided with a different icon-marking.

Nothing really bad and the product is worth all the money, but next product in this line (which I hope will be released soon) could be packed with more love. And also double-priced, if you ask me: I would buy it anyway.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Fantastic Maps - Iconic Island
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/05/2013 09:09:38

This installment of the Fantastic Maps-series by Jonathan Roberts is rather different from the other installments of the series in that it does not come as a pdf and depicts another type of map:

Whereas the series usually depicts some area with grids to use as combat/environment maps in the small scale, this instead takes one massive island as you'd depict it on a detailed treasure map from a bird's eye's view and provides an overview of an island.

Beyond the high-res jpeg of the island per se, we also get one version with icons. Icons? Yes, 16 .png icons are part of the deal: The brown icons range from anchor, axes, caves, 2 city-icons, 2 keep-icons, a ruin, a flag, a serpent, a skull, a sword, a wreck and icons for temples, towns and villages. These icons are present on the 3 alternate versions of the high-res jpegs of the island - there is one sans any grid with the icons, one that also sports hexes in addition to the icons and a b/w-version of the map with the hexes and icons.

Conclusion: The map provided by Jonathan Roberts depicts a beautiful island rife for the population by the DM, be it with or without icons. In any exploration/nautical context, this map should come handy, whether it is for skull & shackles, razor coast or journeys to the west - this place should be interesting for you. However, I also have something to complain about: What if the Dm wants to print out the map of the island, treasure map-style (you know, glue it together, give it the coffee-treatment, go all the way), there is no way to do that. In contrast to other Fantastic Maps-installments, there is no blown up version of the map. While I get how that is usually intended for use with miniatures, I think a hex-studded version of the map, blown up (perhaps so its entirety spans 4-8 pages) and made into a massive, real treasure map would have greatly expanded the usefulness of the installment. Due to the lack of said feature, I'll only settle for a final verdict of 4 stars for this installment.

Endzeitgeist out.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Fantastic Maps - Iconic Island
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/01/2013 04:34:54

If you are into world creation this is a bit of a treat: a beautifully-mapped island all ready for you to decide what's where and what is going on there.

The only features provided are topographical: rivers, mountains, and some indication of vegetation - forests in the main and something that I think is supposed to be marshy land. Oh, and a very bare coastal area with no rivers that is probably desert. It all looks pretty natural and realistic with the rivers rising in appropriate places in the mountains and winding their way down to bits of the coastland the right shape for river mouths.

There are actually FOUR versions provided: a plain map, one with icons, one with icons and hexes and a greyscale version of the icons & hexes one. If you don't care for the pre-positioned icons they are all provided as transparent PNG files which are a doddle to locate where you think they ought to go. As well as assorted township/castle type icons, there are crossed axes (site of an historic battle, perhaps?), a shipwreck and a delightful sea-serpent - which reminds me of the variant of my university site plan I drew, place was built round a lake so I put a sea-serpent much like this one in it... then I was approached by the administration to update the 'official' plan...

There are other icons too: anchor, sword, skull, cave-mouth, and flag. You can decide what they are supposed to represent. Don't forget to do a map legend (key) to show what your icons mean, or to add a scale. A scale of about 6 miles to a hex is suggested, but you may have other ideas. The one thing that's missing is a compass rose, so that you can indicate which way is north, but that's a minor quibble and a suiitable symbol is easy enough to find.

This is really nice, and I'm sure my characters' boots will be tramping over here 'ere long!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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