Maps of Mastery—Forsaken Lands: Swamp Caves & Desert Sanctum

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The Desert Sanctum is a site of immense power and mystery, nearly lost in the sands of time. Toppled statuary and enigmatic obelisks lend an air of antiquity to this ancient, shielded hall.

This 22-inch by 34-inch map, originally seen in print on the first Forsaken Lands poster, is based on a 1-inch grid for miniatures games. Included are versions with and without colored terrain indicator lines, a variant map featuring a sealed pit and a stronger fantasy theme, and an 8-inch square map tile that can be used to add more treasure to the original.

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Forsaken Lands

*****

The content of the swamp map is useful for any genre of game. It is devoid of humanoid bodies, ancient statues or other genre-specific items yet includs a very helpful additional card that could make it sci-fi/supers focused if you wanted. A brilliant idea. The layout of the swamp map allows for a wide variety of cover, terrain and exploration options and is beautifully constructed. Lastly, and most importantly in my mind, is that the exits and water features along the top and bottom of the map match. Which means you can layout two of these maps, one on top of the other, to create a believable amount of larger map space.

My only request would be to leave off the text descriptions of what each area is (campsite, swamp caves, etc). I think it clutters the beauty of the map and breaks the 4th wall for the players.


For Skirmish or RPG play!

*****

Unlike Chris' Starship map, this one is geared to either sci-fi or fantasy play.

Adhering to WotC standards of colored borders for marking terrain features and using text callouts to name locales, it makes for great minis skirmish play and never gets in the way for an RPG setup.

The Desert Sanctum is a great loaction to run a sprawling combat. And the visuals are downright awesome.

The other side with the swamp caves I'll certainly be using for a caertin climactic encounter in Pathfinder AP#29 of Council of Theives fame. Can't wait!

Keep up the super work on these!


Swamp Caves/Desert Sanctum

*****

HOLY WOW!
Chris makes some of the BEST maps available in the secondary market!
Either for D&D adventures or Star Wars miniatures or RPG; his stuff ROCKS!

Any one who passes up an oppurtunity to get one of his double sided maps is just CRAZY dumb!

I'm very much looking forward to the next set Chris, Keep 'em comming, I'll keep buying them!


Incredibly Balanced Map

*****

My buddy and I ran a 150 point minis game on Swamp Caves just last night - and it was a blast. I was impressed with how balanced the map ended up being - despite not being "readily symetrical". Very impressive.


Liberty's Edge

For those who may be interested in such things: I have two free downloadable terrain cards at my website (www.mapsofmastery.com) that match the Swamp Caves side of this poster. Just click the downloads link in the site menu. There's a quicksand tile and a campsite tile, each of which seamlessly matches a section of this poster to customize the scene.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Ok...got to say this looks very cool (and highly useful). Definitely going on the wishlist for when I have extra money (come on tax check) =P.

Quick question, are these covered like the Flip-Mats and can use most any type of marker on it?


You know, I was intentionally trying to not have my PCs end up on Korriban in my KOTOR campaign . . . but . . . unfortunately they already got to play in the swamp earlier in the campaign.

Liberty's Edge

Sniggevert wrote:
Quick question, are these covered like the Flip-Mats and can use most any type of marker on it?

No, these are printed on high-quality heavy poster stock, but not coated like the flip-mats. They cover more area, and fold up smaller (8.5" x 6"), but they're not erasable.

Good question!


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Ordered! You can never have enough maps like these! Especially when they are well-drawn.

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In my shopping cart... (now I'll only have to wait for this month's Society Scenarios and the order is complete...)


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I used the "send with my next subscription shipment". Very useful.

Liberty's Edge

Chris, I love your maps. I would pay double, however, if they were erasable like flip mats.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16

Heymitch, you don't have to. For less than 14 dollars, you can go down to CopyWorks or FedEx/Kinko's and get these laminated. If there's a choice between heavy plastic and light-weight stuff, go with the light-weight. Wet-erase markers will wipe off with water.


These maps are so professional, they look just like the Wizard licensed maps!! I can't say enough about how happy I am with my purchase from voerall quality to quickness of delivery! I will buy any maps Chris West produces!!!
Shane


I bought this one a couple of weeks ago and already the 2 Star Wars Minis skirmish groups I play in are using it. What comes to mind when I play on the Swamp Caves is Yoda's hut. Both maps are great looking and play well from both sides. (The Desert Sanctum is actually very symmetrical) Although I don't play RPG or fantasy games, I can see these maps being used for both as well. I own most of Chris West's Star Wars and Star Wars inspired maps and I look forward to any new map or tile set he puts out.

Liberty's Edge

Heymitch wrote:
Chris, I love your maps. I would pay double, however, if they were erasable like flip mats.

I'll look into that, Heymitch, but I'm pretty sure that sort of thing is outside of my financial reach at this time. As my business grows, though, that might become feasible.

Shane Thelen wrote:

These maps are so professional, they look just like the Wizard licensed maps!! I can't say enough about how happy I am with my purchase from voerall quality to quickness of delivery! I will buy any maps Chris West produces!!!

Shane

Thanks, Shane! I did the illustration work for most of the Star Wars maps WotC published. :)

Thanks for the reviews and feedback, folks! This is very gratifying and encouraging!

Liberty's Edge

Larger, complete views of both sides of the poster, and the included terrain card, are now shown here! Big thanks to the folks at Paizo for adding these for me; much appreciated. :)

The Exchange

Hey Mr.West, any chance of getting a downloadable file of The Lands of Mystery? I have the poster of it but I would love to be able to take a file, blow it up and have it printed uber-large.

BTW, excellent terrain cards. I will be ordering the maps.


Dear Mr West, after visiting your page I must say I am stunned by the beauty of your maps. Infact I would like get hand to "Pirate Sea Cave Stronghold" and "The Town of Deepwatch". Could you please let me know which issues of Dungeon Magazine contained them, so I can hope Paizo still have them in store :) Great work.

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