Pathfinder Chronicles: City Map Folio

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Pathfinder Chronicles: City Map Folio
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Six Sister Cities

A necessity of all civilized societies, cities are the pride of any nation and the mark of an empire’s power. By a city’s size and prosperity can the traveler note a kingdom’s health and power, by the architecture of its buildings its culture and arts, and by the words and actions of its citizens the strength of its spirit. No two cities are exactly alike, and in a world as diverse as Golarion, these differences are nowhere more apparent than in the city’s shape and the layout of its streets. This map folio presents six such cities, each in the format of a large, full-color 17" x 22" poster map. And while details on these cities are presented in Pathfinder Chronicles: Cities of Golarion, these maps can serve as beautiful additions to any fantasy roleplaying game.

    Maps of the following cities are included in this folio:
  • Cassomir: The most significant port of the eastern Inner Sea region
  • Corentyn: A city perched on the edge of two seas and at the heart of every major trade route
  • Ilizmagorti: A tropical city of pirates and criminals ruled by the Red Mantis assassins
  • Nisroch: A stark place of shadows and cruelty where every citizen lives in fear
  • Vigil: A city-fortress and bastion against the ravening orc hordes of Belkzen
  • Whitethrone: A frozen metropolis of monsters founded by the witch queen Baba Yaga

Cartography by Robert Lazzaretti

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-201-2

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Great Looking Maps! Wide Variety of City Terrains.

4/5

This is a beautiful collection of Golarion city maps. These are large handout style maps that the players can use, but do not show the specifics of any of the cities. If you're looking for street names and landmarks, you won't find any here. What you will find is a large complete map of the city that your PCs can use to navigate through the urban sprawl.

Geographically speaking, the cities are fairly spread out so you get one from Varisia, one from Ustalav, one from Irrisen, and so on and so forth. The variety of cities brings a variety of terrains and that's what makes these maps so useful. If you ignore the names of the cities, you can use these maps for any generic city that matches the terrain of the map.


Absolute Garbage

1/5

Remember Paizo's "Guide to Korvosa?" Remember how it had a beautiful (and might I add complimentary) city map that outlined city roads, basic districts, and major landmarks/buildings that were not found in the book? Remember how it's graphics, though not entirely great were decent due to the scale of the map to those graphics used? Remember how it was complimentary, but still acted as a useful map unto itself? Remember how it was good?

Well you won't find any of that in this product. The maps are completely blank of any text or font, making these maps completly useles in and of themselves. And considering Paizo is charging 16$ for these 6 maps, I will say that it is a major let down.

I do not care if this is supposed to compliment another joining product. The small maps given in "Cities of Golarion" not only look better, but they actually give some meaning to a jumbled up and large building by giving its name, you have pretty much made this product useless.

I am outraged that I have spent money on this product. This cheap product is a deal breaker between me and Paizo. From now on, I am going to do heavy research - which will no longer include forum chats on Paizo.com, and then if the product is sufficient, I shall wait until it is sold on Amazon or Ebay at a cheaper price. Paizo will no longer be getting any of my money because of this product.


Nice Maps!

4/5

I really like the maps in this folio. The colors and size of the maps make them a valuable addition to your game.
The only thing I wish that they had where text. Either, names of key places, buildings and roads or a numeric key for the map.



Woohoo!

I must say I'm not too much a fan of the AP map folios - they're usually not player friendly (secret passages are still in) and I can use the maps from the PDFs to give the players something (combine with map tool, a laptop and a second screen and you have the perfect player map)

But this sounds really cool! You cannot have too many city maps!


Quite cool, but I need a detailed map of Katapesh! I don't mind the crude rendition in the LoF Player's Guide, but it would be helpful to know exactly where in the Lower City Aromas and Aphrodisiacs is, for example.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Now THAT'S what the map folios should be about ! I fondly recall the moment I rolled out the Sandpoint map on the first RotRL game - the players had their jaws wide open I knew they're hooked.

Liberty's Edge

i agree, i very much like this idea :D

Paizo Employee Creative Director

A 2E Floppy-Eared Golem wrote:

Quite cool, but I need a detailed map of Katapesh! I don't mind the crude rendition in the LoF Player's Guide, but it would be helpful to know exactly where in the Lower City Aromas and Aphrodisiacs is, for example.

Dark Markets: A Guide to Katapesh has a more detailed, full-page map of that city.


James Jacobs wrote:
A 2E Floppy-Eared Golem wrote:

Quite cool, but I need a detailed map of Katapesh! I don't mind the crude rendition in the LoF Player's Guide, but it would be helpful to know exactly where in the Lower City Aromas and Aphrodisiacs is, for example.

Dark Markets: A Guide to Katapesh has a more detailed, full-page map of that city.

Ah, thank you for that!


Will the poster maps be adequately labeled (i.e. with numbers of all the locations mentioned in the city book; assuming there are numbered locations [which there better be!])?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Arnwyn wrote:
Will the poster maps be adequately labeled (i.e. with numbers of all the locations mentioned in the city book; assuming there are numbered locations [which there better be!])?

I suspect they will be for some people, and not for others.

That said... is it good to have the labels on a poster map? Or is it better to have no labels? Some GMs don't want their players to know ahead of time which buildings on a city map are important enough to have locations (aka numbers) on them... and since I suspect poster maps will always double as player handouts, that's something worth considering.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

James Jacobs wrote:
That said... is it good to have the labels on a poster map? Or is it better to have no labels? Some GMs don't want their players to know ahead of time which buildings on a city map are important enough to have locations (aka numbers) on them... and since I suspect poster maps will always double as player handouts, that's something worth considering.

I think districts and major buildings that are obvious landmarks like palaces, marketplaces, keeps, universities, etc. can be noted on a poster map without a problem. But a smaller map inside the book itself is probably a better place for extremely detailed notations of exactly what's where. YMMV.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Arnwyn wrote:
Will the poster maps be adequately labeled (i.e. with numbers of all the locations mentioned in the city book; assuming there are numbered locations [which there better be!])?

I suspect they will be for some people, and not for others.

That said... is it good to have the labels on a poster map? Or is it better to have no labels? Some GMs don't want their players to know ahead of time which buildings on a city map are important enough to have locations (aka numbers) on them... and since I suspect poster maps will always double as player handouts, that's something worth considering.

Things that anyone with a decent Knowledge Local check oughta be on there.

If you were doing a poster map of Manhattan I'd expect Central Park, the Chrysler Building, Ground Zero, the UN building and such to be labeled, but not 'abandoned fish warehouse'.


yoda8myhead wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
That said... is it good to have the labels on a poster map? Or is it better to have no labels?
I think districts and major buildings that are obvious landmarks like palaces, marketplaces, keeps, universities, etc. can be noted on a poster map without a problem.

Agreed, public locations can/should be labeled on the poster map, but private homes of NPCs featured in the adventure and stuff like that should only be labeled on the DM's map.

The Exchange

James Jacobs wrote:
A 2E Floppy-Eared Golem wrote:

Quite cool, but I need a detailed map of Katapesh! I don't mind the crude rendition in the LoF Player's Guide, but it would be helpful to know exactly where in the Lower City Aromas and Aphrodisiacs is, for example.

Dark Markets: A Guide to Katapesh has a more detailed, full-page map of that city.

As to that, I was still wondering how some features in the LoF#21 matched up to the text in Dark Markets. In particular, where is the Great Plaza (as in "fat as a Plaza rat")? I didn't see it marked on the map in Dark Markets.

edit: LoF#21: the Jacakal's Price

The Exchange

Oh my, I like.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

I've updated the image and description to match the finished product.


Coolio! The city on the cover is Ilizmagorti, and as the original cartographer of the city I am definitely impressed by what I see. SO IPMRESSED I plan on framing the map and putting it on display!

Very happy to see this!

Dark Archive

Wow, Rob really delivers again! :)


Another way to separate me and my money :-) Looks like something I will have to pick up as noted you can NEVER have to many city maps.


I have most of the map folios now I think. Great artwork, great style.

Problem: The paper folder they come in, not "carry friendly" they need a better cover. Every time I take a pack to a session, they slide around in my bag and get damaged.

Don't think it would be too much to ask for a pocket type cover or something similar to protect them. (I now repackage them to take to a game, but I would prefer a proper slip cover.)

As an altenative, how about a decent Pathfinder map case to buy?


James Jacobs wrote:
Arnwyn wrote:
Will the poster maps be adequately labeled (i.e. with numbers of all the locations mentioned in the city book; assuming there are numbered locations [which there better be!])?

I suspect they will be for some people, and not for others.

That said... is it good to have the labels on a poster map? Or is it better to have no labels? Some GMs don't want their players to know ahead of time which buildings on a city map are important enough to have locations (aka numbers) on them... and since I suspect poster maps will always double as player handouts, that's something worth considering.

For the record, since I don't see too many replies here... I prefer numbers on the map. My players don't need to know what they mean until needed, but that make life a lot easier. The Shackled city map and the Sandpoint map are great examples.


I prefer unnumbered/unlabeled posted maps

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I like maps with markers indicating major known locations about the city, street names, important edifices, etc. Useful for both GMs and Players, without giving away things.


Just picked this up on the weekend. Very nice and I'll have a lot of use out of this I'm sure.

So what are the chances of seeing another product like this that is small towns or such? I'm thinking a something that might fit on one page or two. I'd love to have collection of small town maps I could pull out for adventure. I'm always finding players stopping off in small towns when traveling. It would be great to have something I could use on the fly if player was interested in doing more that crashing at local inn for the night.

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

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Paizo is looking more and more like WOTC.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Nobody Important wrote:
Paizo is looking more and more like WOTC.

Could you expand upon that? I don't really see how this statement makes sense in connection to a product that came out more than 3 years ago.


This is a smart product in more than one way.

Firstly, for Pathfinder users, they are great to hand to your player in many cases because they don't automatically know where the Blacksmith is or where so-and-so lives. They need to find out and they can fill in the map as they like. So I see more usefulness in map with no labels at all rather than one with them.

Secondly this product can be sold to non-Pathfinder customers such as myself. I'm buying this to drop into my own gaming using another system. As such I'm completely unconcerned with them being labelled because I'm going to do that myself and if it was already done, they'd be less useful to me.

Good job and smart marketing. It's why Paizo has become successful in such a difficult industry.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Nobody Important wrote:
Paizo is looking more and more like WOTC.

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