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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Shattered Star Poster Map Folio

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Shattered Star Poster Map Folio

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Return to Varisia

Venture into the Pathfinder campaign setting’s most notorious frontier with the Shattered Star Map Folio! Plan new missions or map your adventuring group’s exploits in both treacherous cities and the monster-haunted wilds with these three enormous poster maps designed for use with the Shattered Star Adventure Path, Pathfinder’s dungeon-crawling quest for magical relics from a fallen empire!

Within this map folio, you’ll find three huge 8-panel poster maps. Tantalize your PCs with an enormous player handout designed to look like an ink-and-parchment map of the region, complete with sketches of local threats and legendary creatures! Then introduce them to the incredibly detailed map of Magnimar, Varisia’s merchant paradise, where the aristocratic traditions of devil-worshiping Cheliax are shunned in favor of independence, commerce, and opportunity. From there, it’s a long riverboat ride to the cliffside monument-city of Kaer Maga, the City of Strangers, where the only law comes from rival gangs and guilds, and civilized monsters rub shoulders with fugitives and religious zealots. Whether you need densely packed cityscapes for your urban adventures or a mysterious regional map to inspire you and your players, these beautiful maps of some of the Pathfinder campaign setting’s most detailed locations are the perfect resource for the Shattered Star Adventure Path or any fantasy campaign.

Cartography by Rob Lazzaretti

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-505-1

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Product Discussion (35)
Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Announced! Product image is a mockup, and will change prior to publication.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

KAER MAGA MAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber
Gorbacz wrote:
KAER MAGA MAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hell yea!

Cheliax

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

If that map shown on the mockup cover is what one of the maps inside look like of Varisia... well I just might have a special moment. :)


What size are these? I'm not overly familiar with map packs but I must admit this one looks rather good.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

The Map Folios are 8-panel maps, so they're roughly 22x34 inches. There are three poster maps in this Map Folio.

Osirion

Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

January, that is just cruel! Grmbl, grmbl, Rise of the Runelords grmbl...

What I wanted to say: Sounds like a great folio that could see use in more than just one AP, not to mention the hopefully many Varisian PFS adventures.


Preordered... Loved the Skull & Shackles one! The player handout was an instant success. Took the PDF to Kinko's and printed it off in full res on nice parchment. The players had a fun time filling it out and adding notes.


I hope the inclusion of a Kaer Maga map means that city will be featured prominently in the AP :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Are wrote:

I hope the inclusion of a Kaer Maga map means that city will be featured prominently in the AP :)

You're in luck!

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Cover image and product description updated to final.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Are the maps still not the proper size for to put miniatures on them?

This is honestly the biggest weakness of the Map Folio so far, and one of the good thing DnD 4 does.

I have absolutely no doubt that you would sell those packs a LOT more if they contained 1 or 2 double sided miniatures sized map, of the "Key" encounters.

Andoran

Okay, just to help me out: What are the benefits of this map folio to me, as the GM of the Shattered Star AP?

This is the first Paizo AP I have ever run, and have little to no experience even playing in previous APs.

Thanks for helping me understand what this includes.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Per the product description, this map folio includes: a ink-and-parchment style map of Varisia, a map of Magnimar, and a map of Kaer Maga. The best usage for these maps are as large-scale player-friendly handouts for the Shattered Star Adventure Path.


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Lauraliane wrote:
Are the maps still not the proper size for to put miniatures on them?

Someone far less lazy than I am should work out how big a map of Kaer Maga (or Magnimar, I'm not picky) would have to be if scaled for miniatures (1" = 5'.)


Damon Griffin wrote:
Lauraliane wrote:
Are the maps still not the proper size for to put miniatures on them?
Someone far less lazy than I am should work out how big a map of Kaer Maga (or Magnimar, I'm not picky) would have to be if scaled for miniatures (1" = 5'.)

Danged big.


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Lauraliane wrote:

Are the maps still not the proper size for to put miniatures on them?

This is honestly the biggest weakness of the Map Folio so far, and one of the good thing DnD 4 does.

I have absolutely no doubt that you would sell those packs a LOT more if they contained 1 or 2 double sided miniatures sized map, of the "Key" encounters.

I agree the inclusion of miniature maps is one of the areas in which WotC modules are superior to Paizo ones (one of the few, in my opinion).

Having said that, I'm not convinced they'd automatically sell better. I'd like to see them test the waters with one of the map folios - perhaps including one double sided miniature scale map and two or three of the "usual" poster maps.

The more frequent tie-ins with the map-packs and flipmats is a decent alternative, but I'd love to get some of those really specific locations as well and the map folio seems like a perfect place (whilst perhaps also broadening their appeal).

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

This release has been moved to our February 2013 shipment.


What product of WotC has miniature-scale maps of an entire city? (or country/region = Varisia)

If you need a combat map for an encounter in some random intersection of town, Paizo has urban map packs for that.
These maps seems just as useful for players as real-world atlases and street maps of cities are for real-world people.
It would be nice to have combat maps for unique locales, which may even be of larger scale than the simple map packs cover,
but that would be a secondary concept to the one this product is doing, so I don't see the basis for comparison.


Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Quandary wrote:

What product of WotC has miniature-scale maps of an entire city? (or country/region = Varisia)

If you need a combat map for an encounter in some random intersection of town, Paizo has urban map packs for that.
These maps seems just as useful for players as real-world atlases and street maps of cities are for real-world people.
It would be nice to have combat maps for unique locales, which may even be of larger scale than the simple map packs cover,
but that would be a secondary concept to the one this product is doing, so I don't see the basis for comparison.

I'm not sure if you're responding to me or not, but I agree that the map packs/flip mats are a decent option - especially given the shift towards including crossovers between the various lines.

What I'd like to see is the inclusion of an AP-specific battlemat for a climactic scene in an AP (like the fight against Ghartok in LoF, for example). A setting with limited generic usefulness but for which a battlemap would (hopefully) add to the occasion.

One problem I have with this line is that occasionally there seem to be "filler maps" (including two functionally identical maps in the Skulls and Shackles folio, for example). It's one of the most often complained about products in Paizo's offerings, so perhaps experimenting/tweaking is warranted.


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These maps are actually better than the ones for Skull & Shackles in that place names are on them. The ink–and–parchment style one is as beautiful as the Shackles one and also has place names. This is a definite improvement. Good job!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Having samples of the maps would have been very helpful - I'd love to have another map of Magnimar for my RotRL campaign, but if it's a similar map as the one that was included in the interactive map PDF from the anniversary edition then there isn't really much point.

Andoran

Pathfinder Maps Subscriber

Would these be useful for Pathfinder Society Season 4 (Year of the Risen Rune) scenarios?


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Kudaku wrote:
Having samples of the maps would have been very helpful - I'd love to have another map of Magnimar for my RotRL campaign, but if it's a similar map as the one that was included in the interactive map PDF from the anniversary edition then there isn't really much point.

I have both, and the Map Folio map of Magnimar is far more detailed with 94 locations in the city marked, as well as major street names.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Feros wrote:
I have both, and the Map Folio map of Magnimar is far more detailed with 94 locations in the city marked, as well as major street names.

Brilliant! What kind of things are labelled? Is the map something you could show the players without having labels like "nefarious hideout" or "secret Thieves Guild" causing chuckles?


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Kudaku wrote:
Brilliant! What kind of things are labelled? Is the map something you could show the players without having labels like "nefarious hideout" or "secret Thieves Guild" causing chuckles?

Nope, it's player friendly all the way. Just famous landmarks or places that locals could tell you about.


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

You just got Paizo another sale Feros, thank you :)

Grand Lodge

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DigitalMage wrote:
Would these be useful for Pathfinder Society Season 4 (Year of the Risen Rune) scenarios?

Yes they would. I am going to be using them for my events with season 4 :)

...as well as Shattered Star.


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These maps should almost be called "Varisian Campaign Map Folio," as they really aren't campaign specific.


Is the Kaer Maga map just a large version of the Kaer Maga map in City of Strangers?


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Arnwyn wrote:
Is the Kaer Maga map just a large version of the Kaer Maga map in City of Strangers?

It has all the same locations, but it is a different map. Each district is colour coded and the places marked are given a number. That number is indexed to the side so the map is a lot clearer than the one from City of Strangers.


Cool. Thanks. Might have to pick this one up (as I love poster city maps, and an improved/clearer map of Kaer Maga is definitely useful)...

Paizo Employee Senior Editor/Fiction Editor

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Damon Griffin wrote:
Lauraliane wrote:
Are the maps still not the proper size for to put miniatures on them?
Someone far less lazy than I am should work out how big a map of Kaer Maga (or Magnimar, I'm not picky) would have to be if scaled for miniatures (1" = 5'.)

Just for reference, if you presume that a city is a mile across (some are smaller, but others are a lot bigger), that's 5280 feet. Divide that by 5-foot squares, and you need 1056 one-inch squares. Divide that by 12 (inches to feet), and you're looking at a battlemap that's 88 FEET to a side.

So, yeah... I guess someone somewhere might be able to print a minis-scale city map for us, but you'd need to play your game in some sort of sports arena to actually unroll it. (And if anyone ever does this, please send us pictures!)

Grand Lodge

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Kudos. This is the first poster map folio I've gotten (and I have the all as a long-time subscriber) where I've found all the maps useful. I especially appreciate the player-friendly map of Varisia.

I still think the slipcover (or whatever you call it) should have pockets to help keep the maps in place.

-Skeld

Andoran

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The few times I actually get to play as a PC, I play in a Mercenary Game set in Magnimar. The Magnimar map will probably be pinned to the wall. I was surprised by how few maps there were but glad they were big. Thumbs up.

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