See the Inner Sea as you never have before! Discover adventures you never knew existed and make your mark on the Pathfinder Campaign Setting with the Inner Sea Poster Map Folio!
This enormous mega-map depicts the Inner Sea region of Golarion, the thrilling heart of the Pathfinder Campaign Setting. Four quadrant posters form a comprehensive view of the Inner Sea region, measuring 3-1/2 feet wide by over 5 feet tall—that’s almost 20 square feet of adventure! Distinct and easy to read tags mark hundreds of towns, villages, castles, dungeons, and other intriguing locations drawn from the complete catalogue of Pathfinder offerings to date. Check out every locale in the encyclopedic Inner Sea World Guide, as well as key sites from Pathfinder Adventure Paths, Pathfinder Modules, and Golarion’s history and current events, all revealed as never before. Printed on durable, high-quality paper, this invaluable world reference will endure campaign after campaign.
With the Inner Sea Poster Map Folio, a world of countless adventures, innumerable dangers, and endless possibilities is yours to explore!
Okay, the map itself is awesome. I was expecting it to be big, but you can't get a sense of the scale of it until it is tacked up on your wall. I tried taking a photo of it to email to my friends, but a photo cannot capture the scale.
The colours are great and the level of detail is amazing. Looking at it, it's hard to believe that the Inner Sea Region is an imaginary place.
The one flaw, and the reason I've given it four starts instead of five, is the fact that it is packaged folded, not rolled. The product consists of four tiled poster maps, each of which is folded into eight segments. The folds mean that it does't tac onto the wall quite flat. Previous reviews have commented that the joins on the maps don't quite match. This isn't true - joins do match. The problem is that because the maps are folded, the edges don't always match up where you'd expect them to. Getting the four maps to fit together requires some effort to stretch them out first and then fit them together.
All in all a great product. I don't regret my purchase at all - the map is basically what I expected. If it had been package in a tube instead of a folio, though, it would have captured five stars from me.
I can some what blame my self for not fully reading what this product was before I purchased it. It is basically a huge map cut up into 4 pieces. It is exactly what the product description says it is.
that said, what is the use of this? it is way to big to be of any practical use. I thought about framing it, but as others have said, the seems do not line up correctly.
I was thinking this would include different smaller maps of the inner sea.Those would of been more useful. I really have no use for this map at all, way to big. The first time I opened the folio is probably going to be the last time.
If I had read the product description more carefully I would never have bought, but even still for what it is it is pretty useless.
The last Map Folio I bought from Paizo was the one for their first adventure path in 2008. Was I in for a surprise - production quality in terms of: paper used, has gone up a couple of notches. Really impressive.
That apart, there were two let downs.
First, as another reviewer observed, the creases along the folds mean that some of the color on the print has worn off already on arrival. I wish Paizo could look into avoiding that in the future.
Second, both the colour scheme and the actual art cartography (for mountains and especially forests) comes off as a lot poorer than the old maps. Looking at the old Varisia map in that first Map Folio, or even the World Map in the previous Campaign Guide reminded me how much I loved that artwork. Subdued colours, art used for forests and mountains wonderful - and evocative all round. Think back to when Lazaretti did the Greyhawk map panels in Paizo's Dungeon print run - superb art cartography. This, otoh, doesn't come near.
Finally, what felt really cheapening was to place the "Pathfinder Campaign Setting" logo totally oversized on the map top. The setting has a name, so if you're going to put that on the map, use that name (Golarion). Imagine how put off customers would be if previous maps of the Forgotten Realms would come with OVERSIZED logos of "DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS !! 11!!". It just doesn't fit. Looking at a world map, I want to retain a marginal illusion that I'm looking at a map, as the GM, that one of the people in the world could also behold (say, a central agent in Absalom). That illusion is broken because it says "hello! I'm a GAME supplement!!" right at the top.
Well, that last beef was minor compared to the previous two, but I wanted to point it out nonetheless.
Overall: better paper than the 2008 cartography, but a deterioriation in all other quarters. Actually has me reach back to the one which says "Inner Sea Reigon".