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Fantastic Maps: The Dragon's Lair PDF

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Jonathan Roberts, cartographer for Kobold Quarterly and Adventures in the Hyborian Age, presents another Fantastic Map: The Dragon's Lair. This multi-page PDF allows you to print out the battlemap at a 1 square=1 inch scale as a letter-format map and is also available in a printer-friendly light grayscale version. The file also contains two Maptool campaign files set up for quick use in the 4th Edition of the world's most popular roleplaying game and its 3.5 thriving spiritual successor. Finally, all the component pieces of art that went into the construction of the maptool files are included separately. The Maptool file requires Maptool 1.3b60 or newer to work.

A Dragon's Lair—the ultimate challenge for any adventuring company! Brave the dark fortress and toxic expanses of lava!

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As with the other maps of this series, the Dragon’s Lair comes with full color high res maps, 1” = 5’ scale maps for miniature use in both full color and printer friendly black and white, and Maptool files and objects for those who use virtual table top technologies.

The maps are clearly meant to house either a red dragon or other type who loves the heat of magma and does not mind the toxic fumes that normally arise from such. The map is gorgeous like all of Jonathan Robert’s other maps I have seen to date.

What I particularly like about this set is the cross-section view showing the relative height of the caverns. Sometimes this sort of thing gets forgotten in adventure game products. I am sure I am not the only one whose players ask the question, how high is the cavern, tunnel, room? If that information is not made available in the adventure or supplement the GM has to make that up on the fly sometimes. Here though what won’t happen, the cross-section is artfully done and even shows how the magma stream fills the lava lake in the main cavern, which is a very nice addition.

Also, the most essential pile of dragon’s gold is supplied. Is it a false patch to attract the unwary? I sure hope it is. But that is definitely up to the individual GM to decide.

I rate this 5 of 5 stars for yet another excellent and useful map by Jonathan Roberts and the folks at Rite Publishing.



This one is incredible! I love this entire line of maps. The art is fantastic! I don't use "Map Tools", but I may look into it if it will allow me to customize maps like this.

Amazing detail


The detail on this map is great. I managed to snag a high res version and split it for printing on inexpensive 4x6 photo paper (from snapfish). Here is a photo of the partially assembled result and you can see the excellent quality. The irregular coloring between panels is due to poor printing from snapfish and is not in the original.

As you can see the map is huge. I split the tiles up so that I can use the caves separate from the huge lava room and figure I will get quite a bit of use out of this.

Maptool features as well as a PDF!


This is a quality map that should inspire several potential encounters in any GM — not just dragons but any number of encounters might take place here. It has several clearly marked levels of elevation, and a small illustration in the corner makes it clear how everything is laid out whilst charging the imagination with a vivid image of what it must be like to stand within this sweltering, magma-filled cavern. The scope of the map includes a cliff face, entry passage, magma chamber, and several smaller attached chambers and caverns. There's enough room to support one extremely mobile and dynamic encounter, or several small encounters throughout the map.

The file contains ready-to-print 1" grid scale map segments, but I didn't use these myself. I skipped straight to the Maptool .cmpgn files to check out the vision topology and lighting features. There's a lot of attention to detail to be found in the lighting, even the magma pools give off light! That is nice and ominous for PCs peering carefully into the magma chamber.

The cartography is beautiful, consistent as I have come to expect from Jonathan Roberts work. If you've been using his great free Maptool image set, you'll find that this map will work seamlessly alongside it.

This is a great map for any GM even considering an important encounter in a series of caves with a magma-filled chamber — and really, isn't that all of us? If you are new to Maptool, this is also a first-rate introduction to how to set up top-notch lighting.

Now I can't see what other products Rite Publishing cooks up for us Maptool users! Gift Certificates
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