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Antique Maps XXXII - Mississippi River Basin of the 1700s
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Antique Maps XXXII - Mississippi River Basin of the 1700s
Publisher: Split Eye Productions
by Rob M. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/01/2007 00:00:00

Part of the Antique Maps series by Split Eyed Productions, Mississippi River Basin of the 1700s is a large scale map of the region during the 18th century. It is presented as both a single large 4.5MB jpg, 5756px by 5659px of glorious map porn. A sliced version of the image, in nine pieces is also provided, providing for easier printing of the piece.

Now, like all good map porn, it is of most interest to game masters. It is a sepia-toned piece showing roads, rivers, hills mountains and and city, river, and region names in the original French. It identifies the territories of the Apaches and Osages, Pays Des Apache, Pays De Osages. (It was after-all, French territory until the Louisiana purchase, and held by the First nations before that.) The French place names, done in a flourished script, provide an interesting view of the territory, it would be of use to GM?s playing a historical campaign, or of course, for retelling your vampires troubled past to a newspaper reporter.

You won?t be able to run a battle on it, but it can certainly add a lot of atmosphere and inspiration for running a game. It would make a gorgeous prop as well, and you can easily print out the sliced version.

Overall, it is a gorgeous bit of map pr0n seeped in French colonial influence, unknown wilderness laying just a few steps away. So I recommend it to an Players interested in a showy bit of map porn, or GMs looking of inspiration in the 18th century French Territory. <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Map tears in piece, authentic history<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: A translation of map inscription would have been nice.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Antique Maps XXXII - Mississippi River Basin of the 1700s
Publisher: Split Eye Productions
by Andrew B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/30/2007 00:00:00

This is a scan of an actual historic map showing a central portion of the United States circa the 18th century. The map itself is very detailed and has a nice, hand-drawn quality to it. The sepia color scheme lends an antique feeling to the product, adding to the visual effect. Map labellings appear to be written in French.

While this product is literally a map, I don't think it is very useful for the kinds of things one generally needs a map for in a roleplaying game. You couldn't, for example, use it as the overland map for a campaign. There is no key, no real scale that I can find, and everything is written in a language I don't speak. Clearly, a lot of work would need to be done to turn this into a tool with a lot of utility.

As a visual aid or source of inspiration, however, I think that this product does well. Imagine a group of players in a historical RPG set in the United States around the time of the Louisiana purchase. The PCs decide to purchase a map of the area from a local fur-trapper, and the GM hands them this as a starting point. The players could add their own details as the campaign progressed, building and expanding the map as they go. Or perhaps the map contains clues to a treasure hidden in the 1700s by a French explorer. The modern adventurers must try to follow in the footsteps of the explorer, all the while dealing with terrain that has experienced centuries of change.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: This is a nice visual aid, and a creative GM will certainly find something clever to do with it. If you're looking for authenticity, you can't go wrong with an actual map conceived and created in the 18th century region it depicts.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: I had problems viewing this product. The main map is too small to see in any detail, while the various zoomed-in portions showed too small a section for my tastes. The format may be ideal for printing, but it doesn't hold up as well when viewed on screen.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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