Pathfinder Chronicles: Kingmaker Poster Map Folio

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Pathfinder Chronicles: Kingmaker Poster Map Folio

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A Kingdom to Command

Raise and rule an entire kingdom in the Kingmaker Adventure Path. From early explorations and cartographic cataloguing of the region, to forays into the deadliest depths of an ancient wilderness, the Kingmaker Poster Map Folio provides the maps for an entire epic campaign.

Within this map folio, you’ll find six huge, 4-panel poster maps crucial to the Kingmaker Adventure Path—the mysterious village of Varnhold, the oppressed city of Pitax, and four linked maps that present the infamous Stolen Lands in their entirety. Even if you aren’t running the Kingmaker Adventure Path, the maps inside can serve any campaign as new wildernesses regions, villages, or cities for any RPG campaign. Your new kingdom waits within!

Cartography by Robert Lazzaretti

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-249-4

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A Vital Part of Kingmaker...You Must Have It!

*****

Normally I consider map folios a huge rip off. However with Kingmaker, and it's kingdom building, and mass warfare, it is absolutely vital. Check out my full review: Kingmaker Map Folio


Necessary Resource

*****

I'm posting my first-ever review of a Paizo product to gush about how useful this product is. I've never been particularly impressed with the previous map folios, as they just seemed to be the maps copied from the adventures all in one place. The Rise of the Runelords map folio had a poster map of Sandpoint, which was valuable because the characters returned there many times (unlike the included map of Fort Rannick, say, which was the location for a few encounters, and the PCs never thought about it again).

Here, you get four poster maps which, laid end-to-end, provide a player map of the entire setting of the Kingmaker campaign and the basis for the PCs' kingdom. I taped the four maps together and laminated it, and it will serve as the centerpiece of the gaming table for the entire campaign. The PCs can write down locations they hear about, the changing borders of their kingdom, new towns, etc., etc. This mega-map will be useful throughout the entire campaign, and I can't imagine running Kingmaker without it.

I don't know whether the other two poster maps will be useful for much other than "here's where you are for the next couple of encounters," but they're basically freebies, as far as I'm concerned: the four-poster Stolen Lands map alone was worth the price of this product.


Map Folios, finally useful

****( )

I used to loathe Paizo map folios with a burning passion, temporarily cancelling my subscription every time one of those turned up on the horizon. Speaking bluntly, the old folios were mostly useless, except for a map or two.

So naturally I was curious as to how will the New, Improved and Revamped folio format turn out. The verdict: it's good. We get 4 hex maps of the Kingmaker area - rather cruciual for the AP, given it's nature. We also get 2 maps of settlements: Varnhold and Pitax.

Quality is great, as usual. Rob is a maestro of mapmapking and there's no match for his craft.

What knocks a peg off the score ? There really should be a map of Drelev here.

Apart from that, it's good that folios are finally useful. Thanks for listening to our crtique, Paizo !


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Vic Wertz wrote:
David St Hubbins wrote:
Why would you make a prop of Stonehenge only 18 inches tall??

Because it goes with our T-shirt.

(I'm correcting the blog entry now...)

Now that cracked me up.


James Jacobs wrote:
We'd have to rebuild the maps entirely for those sites—it's one thing to build a poster map to size and then shrink it down for a full-page map in an adventure. it's another to do the same for a single tactical site, since that'd usually just be a fraction of a larger dungeon map. We'd have to order that map separately, and that'd mean we have to spend quite a lot more on paying for the map from the cartographer, which would mean we'd probably have to raise the price of the map folios a bit, which wouldn't make many folks happy at all.

As someone who is currently converting the in-PDF maps into 1" scale maps for tactical combat at every opportunity (so much nicer-looking than Sharpie on vinyl), let me say that I would much rather have Paizo do all the work with pro gear and pay them for the end result than go through all the work myself to achieve mediocre results (blowing them up loses resolution, they're always taped-together flesh golems of 8.5x11).

It would also be great to see the art of the APs in handout form (i.e. printed on individual sheets). So much great work gets done to bring these NPCs to life in the AP and sadly the players typically get to see no more than a flash from the GM from the other side of the screen before s/he needs their reference back. I've been extracting and printing all the portraits/beasties and propping them up in front of the GM screen - my players love the tangible visual appearance of the baddie (or goodie) that they're interacting with.

I do get that not everyone wants to go to this effort or incur the time/costs required...


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I got this yesterday, and the maps are beautiful! Thick, high quality paper, feels almost leathery.

Finding room for them is a whole other issue :).


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Are the maps only in hexagonal shape, as the front cover shows? We use 5"x5" squares for our maps and movement.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Hobbun wrote:
Are the maps only in hexagonal shape, as the front cover shows? We use 5"x5" squares for our maps and movement.

These are all large-scale area maps, not tactical maps. The four Stolen Lands maps have hexes, and the maps of Varnhold and Pitax are gridless.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Ahh, ok. That works. Even our large scale map is in hexagons.

Thanks.

Sovereign Court

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These maps are AWESOME! I just got my Kingmaker maps today and I am very excited about the size, quality and general idea behind them - all the major land features, none of the GM-only content. With hexes.

I can really use these maps to enhance my game...I think I'm going to laminate them (double-sided to save some coin) and then cover the hexes with paper cutouts. When a new hex is revealed, the paper comes off and the party cartographer can keep track of details in dry-erase marker. The hexes are large enough that it will actually be possible to record useful information.

Please consider this my enthusiastic support for more map folios like this in the future!

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

This is the best map pack so far. Totally usable in game.

I'm going to get some OHP paper to lay over each grid so that the party can write notes on each location.

They can also use the village map to plan for the attack.

More of this next time, please :D

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Finally, a map pack that doesn't suck ! Thanks Paizo, about time ! :)


I'm wondering about the PDF version of the Map Folio. What size/resolution will the maps be? Will the four Stolen Lands maps be spliced together in the PDF? Will the hexes be a distinct graphic element separate from the background map image? Will the PDF be "unlocked" so that we can freely access the images so as to modify/add details ourselves? I usually display maps and images on a screen nowadays and would pay for a significantly higher-resolution map than what is available in the the various AP PDFs that I can then modify myself.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Ambrus wrote:
I'm wondering about the PDF version of the Map Folio. What size/resolution will the maps be? Will the four Stolen Lands maps be spliced together in the PDF? Will the hexes be a distinct graphic element separate from the background map image? Will the PDF be "unlocked" so that we can freely access the images so as to modify/add details ourselves? I usually display maps and images on a screen nowadays and would pay for a significantly higher-resolution map than what is available in the the various AP PDFs that I can then modify myself.

Each of the four big maps is a single page, as in the print version. It is the same A3-ish page size and has watermark (so, I suspect, is locked).

I don't have the pdf-fu to tell you if the hexes can be removed.


GeraintElberion wrote:

Each of the four big maps is a single page, as in the print version. It is the same A3-ish page size and has watermark (so, I suspect, is locked).

I don't have the pdf-fu to tell you if the hexes can be removed.

Isn't the PDF version of the map only due to be available this Wednesday? Have I missed something?


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Ambrus wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:

Each of the four big maps is a single page, as in the print version. It is the same A3-ish page size and has watermark (so, I suspect, is locked).

I don't have the pdf-fu to tell you if the hexes can be removed.
Isn't the PDF version of the map only due to be available this Wednesday? Have I missed something?

Subscribers get access to PDF's of their relevant subscriptions at the time they ship from Paizo. As you get your AP PDF's early, campaign subscribers got the PDF of this a bit early. The sale date that is for general sales of the PDF is generally the estimated street date of product.


Is it relatively easy to make modifications to the maps? As in, when the PCs decide where to build cities and such, what would be the best way to mark it on the map? A taped cutout hex? :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I am going to laminate mine so we can just draw on the map as needed.


Anyone else that can shed some light on the "locked'ness" of the pdf's? :) I would very much like to play around with different sizes and so on - to be able to print out and cut up the map in hexes to hand out to the palyers a they explore the region... But I would like to do this in my own Photoshop Elements so that I can really play around with it. Does anyone know if this is possible?


Is anyone using the PDF of this? Is it troublesome in terms of printing and use at the table?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Derwalt wrote:
Anyone else that can shed some light on the "locked'ness" of the pdf's? :) I would very much like to play around with different sizes and so on - to be able to print out and cut up the map in hexes to hand out to the palyers a they explore the region... But I would like to do this in my own Photoshop Elements so that I can really play around with it. Does anyone know if this is possible?

I don't have any experience with Photoshop Elements, but at the very least, you can use captures of the PDF as a basis for your manipulations.


Hello there!

This is how I am using the folio with a Fog Of War for my players

I am still in the early stages of The Stolen Lands and I am wondering how things are being run at other tables. Do you reveal the whole map? Do you piece them all together?

I was contemplating giving to the players a smaller version of the map, slightly deformed (using pixelmator), without the hexes, as a handout to the players so they could get a feel of the general area but still felt like discovering a new world.


Have you considered doing a reprint of the print version of these? I shopped around online, and they apparently start at about $68.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Superscriber

I should have gotten the Print version when I got the PDF of this, I am in the same boat you are Pennywit. There is actually several books that are out of print that I am trying to find and some of them are listed for $900 on Amazon.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

See this thread for an explanation of why we don't reprint products like this.

That said, I had the warehouse guys recheck physical inventory, and they turned up 40 additional copies. Get 'em while you can!


Vic Wertz wrote:

See this thread for an explanation of why we don't reprint products like this.

That said, I had the warehouse guys recheck physical inventory, and they turned up 40 additional copies. Get 'em while you can!

Will order as soon as I can. Thanks.

PS. Do you have Jimmy Hoffa in your warehouse, too?

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Superscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:

See this thread for an explanation of why we don't reprint products like this.

That said, I had the warehouse guys recheck physical inventory, and they turned up 40 additional copies. Get 'em while you can!

Thanks Vic,

Just picked myself up a copy.

Would like to see if you have some other items hidden in the warehouse!!!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

pennywit wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:

See this thread for an explanation of why we don't reprint products like this.

That said, I had the warehouse guys recheck physical inventory, and they turned up 40 additional copies. Get 'em while you can!

Will order as soon as I can. Thanks.

PS. Do you have Jimmy Hoffa in your warehouse, too?

Funny you mention that.... Authorities hopeful new search will turn up Jimmy Hoffa

Sure... somebody *maybe* finds Hoffa, and USA Today is all like "let's run an article!" But we *actually* find half a box of Kingmaker Map folios, and do we get a story? Nooooo!


Do the pdf come with layers? I would like to get rid of the grid in order to use the maps for online play under roll20.

This would save so much time.

Paizo Employee Digital Products Assistant

The maps in this PDF do not have layered grids.


And here I just pulled Kingmaker off the shelf and am planning to start it... and as with all my Pathfinder modules, I had only the module itself, figuring "if I actually run it I'll go buy the supplemental stuff then."

More fool me. The Map Pack for this adventure is available on Amazon... for $900. (All the other Map Packs are still in my local game store - but not Kingmaker.)

Looks like I'll be printing the PDF of it in chunks and taping it together. Ah well.


When will this be back in stock?


I don't think Paizo reprints books except for the core rule books. You might have to buy the pdf or look on Amazon or E-Bay.

Webstore Gninja Minion

PathfinderFan64 wrote:
I don't think Paizo reprints books except for the core rule books. You might have to buy the pdf or look on Amazon or E-Bay.

We do not typically reprint our books, with the exception of our hardcovers.

Lantern Lodge

Just posting that I do hope the Kingmaker Poster Map Folio do reappear in one physical from or another in the future.
Maybe as part of a Kingmaker 2 AP?

It seems very hard to get a copy. Amazon have sellers selling it at $775.60(!!!).

Webstore Gninja Minion

Secane wrote:

Just posting that I do hope the Kingmaker Poster Map Folio do reappear in one physical from or another in the future.

Maybe as part of a Kingmaker 2 AP?

It seems very hard to get a copy. Amazon have sellers selling it at $775.60(!!!).

We do not typically reprint older material. You can purchase the PDF and have it printed for personal use, however.


I bought the PDF's of this campaign, as it seems like a great fit for my group. There were no hard copies left, which is too bad.

I was following a discussion on this forum about manipulating the images in the Map Folio. I would like to open them up in Photoshop, and work with them. However, this is a password protected PDF. I wonder if one of you development-guys could give me some advice on how to proceed?

One of my first goals is to stitch together the 4 main maps into one, and clean up the font a bit (it doesn't print very clearly, as-is; white-on-green is something I wouldn't expect from RL, but he gets a pass this time because the rest of his work is so amazing!).

Thanks.
K.

Paizo Employee Digital Products Assistant

Kethoth wrote:

I bought the PDF's of this campaign, as it seems like a great fit for my group. There were no hard copies left, which is too bad.

I was following a discussion on this forum about manipulating the images in the Map Folio. I would like to open them up in Photoshop, and work with them. However, this is a password protected PDF. I wonder if one of you development-guys could give me some advice on how to proceed?

One of my first goals is to stitch together the 4 main maps into one, and clean up the font a bit (it doesn't print very clearly, as-is; white-on-green is something I wouldn't expect from RL, but he gets a pass this time because the rest of his work is so amazing!).

Thanks.
K.

Kethoth, you may find our PDF FAQ for useful some of your questions. If you're using a newer version of Adobe Reader, you may need to right-click to select the images since they're treated as background elements. You can also use an image extracting program (a few free ones exist) which will port the images out for you.


I ... misplaced ... my physical versio of these maps. I'd like to print up the PDF versions of them; what size paper should I use?


pennywit wrote:
I ... misplaced ... my physical versio of these maps. I'd like to print up the PDF versions of them; what size paper should I use?

PS. If you manage to see any more in your warehouse, I'll drop off my firstborn at the Paizo offices ...

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber

I'll second that. I'll bring chocolate, too.

Dark Archive

I want a reprint too.
This is the only map folio i do not own.


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

REPRINT REPRINT REPRINT REPRINT REPRINT!

It's insane how much USED copies of the map folio are going for on Amazon.

Dark Archive

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The entire Kingmaker Adventure Path is sold out!

Only some non-mint copies of #3 & #6 remain.

Time to reprint it as a hardcover in 2017! ;-)

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