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Courtyard Ruins
Publisher: DramaScape
by John T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/17/2016 15:47:43

My first dramascape product. I recently dug out my old Metagames Melee/Wizard stuff and wanted a map to play on that had some visual interest. Incredibly, Dramascape appears to be the only provider of print-and-play maps to provide hex overlays! (Oddly, the default appears to be square grids - did we transport back to 1979 and nobody told me?) The map printed 'true' with good alignment of hexes and artwork across pages. The artwork itself looks great, although the grid lines could be a little more contrast-y (purely a matter of taste, if DS made the grids heavier for clarity some would doubtless complain that they were too intrusive.)

This particular map is pretty thin on free-standing features, meaning if you wanted to, you could possibly use this as a ground mat for a conventional miniatures game by printing with no grid and selectively placing 3D terrain over the printed-on columns and such.

I'll definitely be purchasing more DS maps in the future, especially since they appear to be the sole provider of tactical hexmaps at this point. (If anyone from Dramascape happens to read this: I'd love to see some sexy-hexy 'wilderness' terrain..)



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Our Top Down Armies are a bargain if you are into hex wargaming or fantasy games with hexes. You get two pages of top down armies with green hex bases (one page of print per army. The armies all have soldiers that are repeated but also special units like the dwarves have dwarf bear riders and a catapult, the humans and elves have knights, the undead have skeletal knights, the goblins have wolf and dragonfly riders, and the orcs have dinosaur riders and a ballista) as a map with hex terrain. Humans V Orcs has a plains valley with a road and a hilly plateau. Elves V Undead has a forest with a center road that is bisected in the middle by a river spanned by a center bridge aligned with the road. Dwarves V Goblins has a desert/wasteland terrain. For swamp terrain, I\'d recommend our The Door map. It has a door on one of the hills (intended for a troll resident), but you can put a terrain feature on top of the door and the map works well as a swamp. For a jungle, our Tropical Cataract works well with a waterfall on the right and center river and bridge in the jungle. For a mountain, I recommend our Mountain Pass or The Stairs maps. The Mountain Pass is a narrow feature where a big army could come from the nadir and a smaller army could try and hold the pass. The Stairs are stairs sculpted into a mountain that lead up to the zenith and make for a treacherous fight up or down because a fall from the heights may mean instant death. For an ice terrain, we have a Frozen Ship which has a ship that crashed into a frozen terrain. The ship is an age of sail type of one, however details are partially obscured by snow and ice covering the ship, so it should fit most fantasy or war games easily too. My favorite wilderness map is The Forest Camp which is reusable for night time encounters in most fantasy RPG games (obviously won\'t work if there are no forests in the game though). It has a center camp with a few tents and a campfire, a road through the forest, and forest terrain which offers lots of hiding spots for bad guys to ambush the party. Of course, the real question is what kind of wilderness map are you looking for? Tundra, Taiga, Jungle, Forest, Plains, Swamp, Hill, Mountain, Desert, Wasteland, etc?
Our Top Down Armies are a bargain if you are into hex wargaming or fantasy games with hexes. You get two pages of top down armies with green hex bases (one page of print per army. The armies all have soldiers that are repeated but also special units like the dwarves have dwarf bear riders and a catapult, the humans and elves have knights, the undead have skeletal knights, the goblins have wolf and dragonfly riders, and the orcs have dinosaur riders and a ballista) as a map with hex terrain. Humans V Orcs has a plains valley with a road and a hilly plateau. Elves V Undead has a forest with a center road that is bisected in the middle by a river spanned by a center bridge aligned with the road. Dwarves V Goblins has a desert/wasteland terrain. For swamp terrain, I\'d recommend our The Door map. It has a door on one of the hills (intended for a troll resident), but you can put a terrain feature on top of the door and the map works well as a swamp. For a jungle, our Tropical Cataract works well with a waterfall on the right and center river and bridge in the jungle. For a mountain, I recommend our Mountain Pass or The Stairs maps. The Mountain Pass is a narrow feature where a big army could come from the nadir and a smaller army could try and hold the pass. The Stairs are stairs sculpted into a mountain that lead up to the zenith and make for a treacherous fight up or down because a fall from the heights may mean instant death. For an ice terrain, we have a Frozen Ship which has a ship that crashed into a frozen terrain. The ship is an age of sail type of one, however details are partially obscured by snow and ice covering the ship, so it should fit most fantasy or war games easily too. My favorite wilderness map is The Forest Camp which is reusable for night time encounters in most fantasy RPG games (obviously won\'t work if there are no forests in the game though). It has a center camp with a few tents and a campfire, a road through the forest, and forest terrain which offers lots of hiding spots for bad guys to ambush the party. Of course, the real question is what kind of wilderness map are you looking for? Tundra, Taiga, Jungle, Forest, Plains, Swamp, Hill, Mountain, Desert, Wasteland, etc?
Courtyard Ruins
Publisher: DramaScape
by Sean F. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/11/2013 19:00:56

You simply cannot go wrong with DramaScape products, especially their latest iterations. The attention to detail is extraordinary, the art fantastic, and the utility is literally across the board for use in handouts, at the gaming table, or online via a virtual tabletop program like Roll20.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Courtyard Ruins
Publisher: DramaScape
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/08/2013 08:09:49

This atmospheric courtyard has seen better days... and dark use. Or perhaps this is what it looks like AFTER the adventurers have visited!

OK, nice wide-open space with lots of battered masonry and fallen pillars to jump over, a well, steps out, a raised platform at one end with a gibbet (complete with a couple of nooses draped tastefully over it)... plenty of space in which to have a cinematic brawl. The cover picture should give you a good idea, whilst the actual top-down view of the battlemaps themselves make it a little hard to see just how rough the terrain is.

As usual, it's available on multiple sheets with a square grid, a hex grid or no grid at all in almost photo-realistic splendor. It also is provided as a ginormous single sheet JPG for users of virtual table-tops (or people with access to professional poster print facilities).

A delightful place to stage a combat, have fun!



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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