Stand against the denizens of the night in the Carrion Crown Adventure Path. In battles against dreaded vampire lords, brutal werewolves, and abominations from beyond space and time, you’ll scour the breadth of the mysterious realm of Ustalav. The Carrion Crown Poster Map Folio is your lantern in the dreadful dark, charting your course through the entire campaign.
Within this map folio, you’ll find a huge 8-panel poster map of the country of Ustalav, along with four 4-panel poster maps of the gothic cities of Ardis, Caliphas, Karcau, and Lepidstadt, all major locations in Ustalav, the setting for the terrors of the Carrion Crown Adventure Path. Even if you aren’t running the Carrion Crown Adventure Path, the maps inside can serve as the sinister surroundings for all manner of mysteries, murders, and macabre machinations in any RPG campaign. The shadows of Ustalav gather—dare you gaze within?
The short: These maps look like blown up, unlabeled versions of the maps found in The Trial of the Beast and Ashes at Dawn. The other two towns don't even matter to the campaign. Those maps should have been Ravengro/Harrowstone and Illmarsh as those adventures spend a decent amount of time in the area. And labeled. Labeled! LABELED!!!!
The map of Ustalav on the other hand isn't too bad. I'll be laminating it and putting it up on the wall to track out progress and side quests.
So here I am getting ready to begin a Carrion Crown campaign, but the maps inside are way too small to be used effectively at the game table. Can't blow them up without either losing quality doing it myself, or paying more than I want to to have someone else do it, provided you don't run into "copyright" issues. Then I find there is a map folio you can get for the series, and think this is great...until I get the folio. Instead of getting playable dungeon maps I can lay out on the table, I get bird's eye views of the various cities that don't even have residences and businesses noted. What a waste of time and money this turned out to be! I'm an old-school gamer, and I remember adventure modules with separate handout sheets you could actually copy and hand out, as well as maps you could lay out on the table and place figures where you needed them. Does anybody even still do that anymore? What was the point of the map folio anyways? They serve no real practical purpose for my campaign. I would have been better off buying a battle mat since apparently I'm still going to need one.
I was not impressed with this map folio for one BIG reason...there were maps left out! It would have been nice to have nice player maps of all the towns in the AP. I waited to start running this just so I could have the player map of Ravengro and I was disappointed to not see it. I expected more from Paizo.
The major issue I have with the map folio is the two maps of Ardis and Karcau. I realize they are "major locations in Ustalav," but they aren't mentioned in the campaign. In the entirety of the 6 modules, "Ardis" is mentioned twice in a backstory, while "Karcau" doesn't show up a single time. Why are two of the four city posters completely useless to a GM running Carrion Crown straight (and only) from the AP? It's called the Carrion Crown poster map folio. There were other cities and towns actually in the adventure path that could have been included instead.
Aside from two extraneous maps, the maps that are included are awesome, usual Paizo quality. The city maps show individual buildings but no scale.
I wish the major map of Ustalav was more player-friendly, however. It would have been nice to post it up in the game room. It also would have been nice to get an basic outline and name of the adjoining countries to Ustalav, as they are influential.