Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Poster Map Folio

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Poster Map Folio

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One World, Countless Adventures

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!

Cartography by Rob Lazzaretti

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-271-5

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Excellent maps

5/5

You can read my full review here: http://rpg.brouhaha.us/?p=4137


A mixed bag, and some dubious choices

3/5

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".




Gutsy Proportions to Picture of Golarion's Guts

5/5

Great color, and a fantastic way to show my players just how much there is to Golarion. My first challenge to them, since we are going through Rise of the Runelords, was "find Sandpoint." It really puts things in perspective when you realize that the entire setting of your escapades thus far fits on the head of a pin, world-wise. And it conveys the promise of many, many more adventures to come, in locales as yet unknown.

Also, I love how huge this thing is. A buddy of mine lent me his printer to print it as one sheet and it is so much more impressive in print. He also laminated it, so we can subject Golarion to even more Earthfall events each session, courtesy of Utz Cheese Balls.


Slightly dissapointed

3/5

Back when Forgotten Realms had the four poster maps that formed one large map, I had it mounted and it hung on my wall for many years. So, when this product was announced, I was super excited as I would finally be able to replace the map on my wall.

Unfortunately, the four map don't line up right when put together and alot of cutting and overlapping has to be done to make to make it looks right. The western ocean, under Hermea, where the compass is located, had to be cut into 3 pieces to make the mainland map fit right. I wish I could post a photo here but it won't allow it.

The other big problem is the creases. It was impossible to get all the creases out of the map while getting it glued down, no matter how slowly I went with my roller. I wish they had an option to purchase on large printed map sent in a roll-up case. This would eliminate both problems listed here. I would have even paid an extra $100 to buy one large, printed version in rolled up format.

With that said, after two hours of work, I do appreciate the hard work that went into this product and the level of detail added to the map.

I just wish it lined up better and had no noticeable creases.


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What if we're the crazy type that wants to spend several hundred dollars to get a massive 1-piece version made? Is it possible to make arrangements to purchase the art and have it done locally?

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Kyle Baird wrote:
What if we're the crazy type that wants to spend several hundred dollars to get a massive 1-piece version made? Is it possible to make arrangements to purchase the art and have it done locally?

Yes, send a check for several hundred dollars to my attention at Paizo.com and I'll see what I can do. No promises, though.


Mark Moreland wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
What if we're the crazy type that wants to spend several hundred dollars to get a massive 1-piece version made? Is it possible to make arrangements to purchase the art and have it done locally?
Yes, send a check for several hundred dollars to my attention at Paizo.com and I'll see what I can do. No promises, though.

Mark, sweet! Can I send you a check for several hundred dollars too?!!?


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Kyle Baird wrote:
What if we're the crazy type that wants to spend several hundred dollars to get a massive 1-piece version made? Is it possible to make arrangements to purchase the art and have it done locally?

Seeing how the PDF versions of recent map folios are set at a 300dpi resolution, I guess you could just stitch the four parts of the map in the PDF and make someone print that file, and everything will be really fine.

Except for the watermark that will appear at the top and the bottom of each section…

Grand Lodge

Kyle Baird wrote:
What if we're the crazy type that wants to spend several hundred dollars to get a massive 1-piece version made? Is it possible to make arrangements to purchase the art and have it done locally?

When the four poster maps of the Forgotten Realms came out in Dragon Magazine a long time ago, I had all four professionally mounted and coated. It costs $300 then but is well worth it. Anyone want to buy it? Local pick up only please :)

I plan to get the same thing done with these. It will be a perfect replacement to the FR map in my basement.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
Michael Brock wrote:
Kyle Baird wrote:
What if we're the crazy type that wants to spend several hundred dollars to get a massive 1-piece version made? Is it possible to make arrangements to purchase the art and have it done locally?

When the four poster maps of the Forgotten Realms came out in Dragon Magazine a long time ago, I had all four professionally mounted and coated. It costs $300 then but is well worth it. Anyone want to buy it? Local pick up only please :)

I plan to get the same thing done with these. It will be a perfect replacement to the FR map in my basement.

Now when you say 'coated' do you mean laminated? And if so, do you mean the flexible lamination, the one you can roll up? Or the thick coating, where the maps have to be flat?

Grand Lodge

They put some type of matte finish on it so it wouldn't color, stain, chip or tear. Kind of like a teflon, clear, matte finish.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Interesting. What was the process called, if you remember. Just having it matted?

Sure is an expensive process, maps must have been really big (although these ones coming out are not small at all).

I only asked because I am thinking about having all four pieces laminated.

Grand Lodge

I don't know what it was called. It was 6-8 years ago. And it was 4' x 6' when all four were put together. So, yeah they were pretty big.


I wonder would it be possible to have an un-creased version of this map folio that could ship in a poster tube? Might make a nice limited-edition item...


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
Evil Lincoln wrote:
I wonder would it be possible to have an un-creased version of this map folio that could ship in a poster tube? Might make a nice limited-edition item...

I doubt it, but I am with you on this, would like to see it myself. It would be way too big (and expensive) to do all four pieces as one map, but it would be nice to see four rolled up maps. But, I don't think it's going to happen.

Besides the maps being protected more, it's one of the reasons why I want to have all four maps laminated, so it gets rid of the creases.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Evil Lincoln wrote:
I wonder would it be possible to have an un-creased version of this map folio that could ship in a poster tube? Might make a nice limited-edition item...

Not really. Shipping (both to us from the printer and to you) would make it economically unfeasible.


OK. I am already geting one of these as part of my subscription. If I want more than one, can I just preorder a second one or will that mess up the way the subscription works?


James Jacobs wrote:
Evil Lincoln wrote:
I wonder would it be possible to have an un-creased version of this map folio that could ship in a poster tube? Might make a nice limited-edition item...
Not really. Shipping (both to us from the printer and to you) would make it economically unfeasible.

For you cartographiles, it's a simple trip to Staples to have all 4 laminated for your wall. I checked with them and they can handle this size. Barely though. lol


Laminiated together that is. :)


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
Clark Whittle wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Evil Lincoln wrote:
I wonder would it be possible to have an un-creased version of this map folio that could ship in a poster tube? Might make a nice limited-edition item...
Not really. Shipping (both to us from the printer and to you) would make it economically unfeasible.
For you cartographiles, it's a simple trip to Staples to have all 4 laminated for your wall. I checked with them and they can handle this size. Barely though. lol

And what price did they quote you to have all four laminated? I am thinking about having them laminated, but I don't know if I want to do all four together, would be too big.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

gigglestick wrote:
OK. I am already geting one of these as part of my subscription. If I want more than one, can I just preorder a second one or will that mess up the way the subscription works?

If you already have a sub, and *then* you order another map, you'll get two maps.

If you already have a map ordered, and *then* you start a sub, we'll attach the preorder to your sub, so you'll just get one map.

Dark Archive

Starfinder Superscriber

I see this got pushed back to February... *sigh* I hate having to wait :(


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Oh darn, the map folio got pushed back to February as well? Was that done to coincide with the release of the World Guide?


February huh?

You know Paizo.. my birthday is in February... *hint - hint*

Paizo Employee Creative Director

remoh wrote:
I see this got pushed back to February... *sigh* I hate having to wait :(

The question is: Do you hate having to wait more than you hate having a map with lots of errors and mistakes? For me, I'd rather wait. ;-)

Dark Archive

Starfinder Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
remoh wrote:
I see this got pushed back to February... *sigh* I hate having to wait :(
The question is: Do you hate having to wait more than you hate having a map with lots of errors and mistakes? For me, I'd rather wait. ;-)

That is a tough one...

I realy do love maps and this looks Awesome!

Since this got pushed back, can we have a Naming That Island contest?!

Sovereign Court

remoh wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
remoh wrote:
I see this got pushed back to February... *sigh* I hate having to wait :(
The question is: Do you hate having to wait more than you hate having a map with lots of errors and mistakes? For me, I'd rather wait. ;-)

That is a tough one...

I realy do love maps and this looks Awesome!

Since this got pushed back, can we have a Naming That Island contest?!

link

Paizo Employee Creative Director

remoh wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
remoh wrote:
I see this got pushed back to February... *sigh* I hate having to wait :(
The question is: Do you hate having to wait more than you hate having a map with lots of errors and mistakes? For me, I'd rather wait. ;-)

That is a tough one...

I realy do love maps and this looks Awesome!

Since this got pushed back, can we have a Naming That Island contest?!

Island names, along with all other named locations, need to be generated in-house so that I can be more sure that they're not obscure easter eggs that could turn a location into a joke or, worse, into something someone could use to sue Paizo over copyright infringement.

And for me, it's not a tough question at all. I'd much MUCH rather hear folks complain about late maps than about errors. After all, once a late map is out, that complaint goes away. But significant errors on a map will linger forever.

Dark Archive

Starfinder Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:

Island names, along with all other named locations, need to be generated in-house so that I can be more sure that they're not obscure easter eggs that could turn a location into a joke or, worse, into something someone could use to sue Paizo over copyright infringement.

And for me, it's not a tough question at all. I'd much MUCH rather hear folks complain about late maps than about errors. After all, once a late map is out, that complaint goes away. But significant errors on a map will linger forever.

And this is why you are the Creative Director of an incredible successful RPG line and I am just a fan. Honestly this delay is no different than having to wait for the latest PC(or console) game from Blizzard or Bioware or Bethesda. I hate having to wait for them, but I KNOW I will not be disappointed.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
remoh wrote:
I see this got pushed back to February... *sigh* I hate having to wait :(
The question is: Do you hate having to wait more than you hate having a map with lots of errors and mistakes? For me, I'd rather wait. ;-)

I'd rather wait as well!

Liberty's Edge

AARGH... I already had this on my Christmas list. Maybe I can convince my wife that it would make a great Valentine's day gift.


Random question, because I am obsessed with map-making :)

Can you share how you crafted this?

Did you start with a actual physical piece of art or was this born digital?

What software packages did you use to create it?

Contributor

tocath wrote:

Random question, because I am obsessed with map-making :)

Can you share how you crafted this?

Did you start with a actual physical piece of art or was this born digital?

What software packages did you use to create it?

A combination of paper sketches, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign were used in the creation of the map...along with a not-insignificant amount of blood, sweat and tears.


Sweet.....as a militry guy I love maps.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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

The Exchange

There is a wall in my apartment that my girlfriend is not going to be happy with.

Sovereign Court

Wait until you get a house, then it can be a whole room she hates!

Scarab Sages

Vic Wertz wrote:
I've updated the product image and description to match the finished product.
Product Description wrote:
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!

I thought this was going to be 32 panels, is this no longer the case? Maybe I am just confused by the wording. Then again, perhaps each quadrant has 8 panels.

Tam

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Tambryn wrote:
Then again, perhaps each quadrant has 8 panels.

That.

Scarab Sages

Vic Wertz wrote:
Tambryn wrote:
Then again, perhaps each quadrant has 8 panels.
That.

Thank you sir.

Tam


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:
Tambryn wrote:
Then again, perhaps each quadrant has 8 panels.
That.

Please, please, please, find a way to make the watermark on the PDF file unobtrusive for those of us that want to have the poster reprinted as a single and unfolded piece. Please.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Any chance that if the world expands, that future map folios might connect to this one somehow?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Chris Ballard wrote:
Any chance that if the world expands, that future map folios might connect to this one somehow?

Very very very unlikely. For a host of reasons, not the least of which being that the rest of the world is unlikely to fit neatly onto equally sized posters.


Just wondering... will this be exactly the same as the map that comes with the Inner Sea World Guide hardcover book... just smaller.

That map is going to be 21x32, whereas this one is 42x64, so it seems it might be a half-sized version.

Am I correct, or is this map labelled diferently, or different in some other way, to the map in the hardcover?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Caen wrote:

Just wondering... will this be exactly the same as the map that comes with the Inner Sea World Guide hardcover book... just smaller.

That map is going to be 21x32, whereas this one is 42x64, so it seems it might be a half-sized version.

Am I correct, or is this map labelled diferently, or different in some other way, to the map in the hardcover?

21x32 is one-quarter of the area of 42x64, not one-half. So this map is *four* times larger than the one in the Guide to the Inner Sea. As such, the smaller map only has tags for major cities. This larger version has tags for pretty much every taggable location possible.


Oh very nice. Now if I could get that printed on a single sheet of vinyl, please.

The Exchange

Oh! I just got my shipping email. I can't wait to see this thing life-size!

Excited Wolf!


@Wolfthulhu,

You got your email before me. I envy you. BTW I got the PDF of the Psionics in the bundle packet. You can look it over Sunday. Also finally ordered the Sorcerer on a Black Dragon. Due in any day now.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Just got my Shipping message and access to the PDFs!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Fayries wrote:
Please, please, please, find a way to make the watermark on the PDF file unobtrusive for those of us that want to have the poster reprinted as a single and unfolded piece. Please.

So, the borders of the four quadrants overlap. Which is perfect for what I want to do.

Cool!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pawns Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Please ship. lol

Dark Archive

DLing mine now, looking forward to checking out the map.

Grand Lodge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Why, oh why, oh why, did Nirmathis have to fall on the edge between 2 panels. :(

Looks like I have some image manipulation to do. *sigh*

-Skeld

PS: Otherwise, this is awesome.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Wonderful map, can't wait to lay it out on my floor. Congrats to Paizo and to Mark, who I know did a lot of work on this. Many kudos to Rob Lazzaretti for his always wonderful work.

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