Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Reign of Winter Poster Map Folio

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Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Reign of Winter Poster Map Folio

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Winter Wonderlands

Enter the frigid northern lands of the Pathfinder campaign setting with the Reign of Winter Poster Map Folio. Seek high adventure while battling nefarious rulers of the north or map your party’s explorations through mysterious regions of the Inner Sea and beyond on three giant poster maps designed for use with the Reign of Winter Adventure Path.

Huge poster maps depict the city of Whitethrone—capital of the frozen realm of Irrisen—and the rough wilderness region of Iobaria. The third map is a giant player-oriented map of Irrisen designed to look like an ink-and-parchment drawing of the region, complete with sketches of local threats and legendary winter creatures! Whether you’re looking for a wintry city or a mysterious regional map for inspiration and adventures, these beautiful maps are the perfect resource for the Reign of Winter Adventure Path or any fantasy campaign.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-542-6

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Gorgeous map of Irrisen

5/5

The Reign of Winter Poster Map Folio contains three poster maps: one of the country of Irrisen, one of its capital Whitethrone, and one of the region of Iobaria. Each map is in a somewhat different style, with the map of Irrisen being the most visually stunning. In many ways, it’s more like a piece of art than a map, and indeed, it’s perhaps not the most useful map as a result. Still, it show the locations of sites throughout the country, and would work especially well as a representation of a map that people actually living in the game world might see and use. The other two maps are more typical of the gaming maps of most use to gamemasters. There was a poster map of Whitethrone in the City Map Folio from a few years ago, but the one here is larger and more detailed. Overall, the Reign of Winter Poster Map Folio contains three good maps that will be useful to people running games in the northern reaches of Golarion.

Of Dice and Pen


Beautiful Maps that are both useful and improve the versions that came before.

5/5

For an explanation of how I use the five star review method, see my entry on So What's the Riddle Like Anyway? HERE.

I have been looking forward to this map set. Since I started getting the Map Folios, I have been very impressed with the quality of the art. While the Skull & Shackles Map Folio was unfortunately unlabelled, the Shattered Star Map Folio was by far one of the best map sets I have ever had. I rate these map sets on how useful they would be for the Adventure Path they are designed for and how much use would they be for someone just running a campaign in the regions depicted. Beauty and art are important in maps, but ultimately this is a gaming product and must be judged accordingly.

As with most of the Map Folios we get three poster size maps. The first is the ink and parchment style map first introduced with the Skull & Shackles set. Using light blues and greys, this is just as beautiful as the previous two (of the Shackles and Varisia, respectively). The little details on the monsters shown and the significant communities is striking. I especially like the little huts on chicken legs patrolling the borders! This is a magnificent map, as useful as a work of art, player handout, or as an actual campaign map.

The second map is a detailed map of the barbaric "kingdom" of Iobaria. It is the first such large map of any region of Casmaron, the continent that makes up the eastern half of the super-continent that also includes Avistan. This map goes hand-in-hand with the Iobaria Gazetteer found in AP#33 The Varnhold Vanishing, and would be of use to any whose Kingmaker campaign has decided to expand beyond the River Kingdoms.

The third and final map is a more detailed version of the Whitethrone map than the two previous versions in Cities of Golarion and Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter. It takes all the beautiful blues of the Irrisen map, and appears to be the same map with additional depth painted in. This is especially apparent on the coastline, where the cliffs have a more dramatic appearance. They actually have height, which wasn't nearly as obvious in the older version. I loved the maps in Irrisen, considering them to be art as well as functional. This map improves upon it. That is amazing.

Final Thoughts: As always, there is nothing printed on the maps that will cause the GM any grief; these are player friendly hand-outs with no adventure secrets spoiled and that can be used in a multitude of ways. The maps of Whitethrone and Irrisen are of particular note. A wonderful addition to any fantasy map collection and essential if adventuring in Iobaria or Irrisen. Five out of Five Stars.


Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Announced! Image is a mockup and will change prior to publication.


Can't wait to get it, and the AP that goes with it.


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Whitethrone? How will this map differ from the one in City Map Folio?

Paizo Employee Developer

Bellona wrote:
Whitethrone? How will this map differ from the one in City Map Folio?

The map of Whitethrone is a more detailed version of the one that appeared in the City Map Folio, incorporating some additional details of the city that appeared in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter.

It's still a map of the same city, however, so there is not much difference between the two, other than the amount of detail shown. But since Whitethrone is a significant location for the Reign of Winter Adventure Path, we decided to include a map of it in the Reign of Winter Map Folio.


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Bellona wrote:
Whitethrone? How will this map differ from the one in City Map Folio?
Rob McCreary wrote:

The map of Whitethrone is a more detailed version of the one that appeared in the City Map Folio, incorporating some additional details of the city that appeared in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter.

It's still a map of the same city, however, so there is not much difference between the two, other than the amount of detail shown. But since Whitethrone is a significant location for the Reign of Winter Adventure Path, we decided to include a map of it in the Reign of Winter Map Folio.

Thank you for the reply, Rob! :)

Hmmm ... by "more detailed" do you mean numbers at locations important to the AP or more buildings added?

In other words, could I - when the party arrives in Whitethrone - hand the map from the City Map Folio to the players while I use the map from the RoW Map Folio? Or do I have to tell them something like "there are a few big or otherwise obvious structures/garrisons/whatever which don't appear on your map"?


I love the ink-and-parchment maps.

Paizo Employee Developer

Bellona wrote:
Bellona wrote:
Whitethrone? How will this map differ from the one in City Map Folio?
Rob McCreary wrote:

The map of Whitethrone is a more detailed version of the one that appeared in the City Map Folio, incorporating some additional details of the city that appeared in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter.

It's still a map of the same city, however, so there is not much difference between the two, other than the amount of detail shown. But since Whitethrone is a significant location for the Reign of Winter Adventure Path, we decided to include a map of it in the Reign of Winter Map Folio.

Thank you for the reply, Rob! :)

Hmmm ... by "more detailed" do you mean numbers at locations important to the AP or more buildings added?

In other words, could I - when the party arrives in Whitethrone - hand the map from the City Map Folio to the players while I use the map from the RoW Map Folio? Or do I have to tell them something like "there are a few big or otherwise obvious structures/garrisons/whatever which don't appear on your map"?

More detailed means more accurate buildings and terrain features. We don't generally put tags on poster maps - that's reserved for the maps in the adventures themselves. Which means the RoW poster map would be fine as a player's map.

A good way to look at it is that the City Map Folio map would be a map you might find outside of Irrisen - all the basics are there, but there are a number of inaccuracies. The RoW Map Folio map would be a map you could buy in Whitethrone itself.


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Bellona wrote:
Whitethrone? How will this map differ from the one in City Map Folio?
Rob McCreary wrote:

The map of Whitethrone is a more detailed version of the one that appeared in the City Map Folio, incorporating some additional details of the city that appeared in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter.

It's still a map of the same city, however, so there is not much difference between the two, other than the amount of detail shown. But since Whitethrone is a significant location for the Reign of Winter Adventure Path, we decided to include a map of it in the Reign of Winter Map Folio.

Bellona wrote:

Thank you for the reply, Rob! :)

Hmmm ... by "more detailed" do you mean numbers at locations important to the AP or more buildings added?

In other words, could I - when the party arrives in Whitethrone - hand the map from the City Map Folio to the players while I use the map from the RoW Map Folio? Or do I have to tell them something like "there are a few big or otherwise obvious structures/garrisons/whatever which don't appear on your map"?

Rob McCreary wrote:

More detailed means more accurate buildings and terrain features. We don't generally put tags on poster maps - that's reserved for the maps in the adventures themselves. Which means the RoW poster map would be fine as a player's map.

A good way to look at it is that the City Map Folio map would be a map you might find outside of Irrisen - all the basics are there, but there are a number of inaccuracies. The RoW Map Folio map would be a map you could buy in Whitethrone itself.

Thank you for the clarification!

Liberty's Edge

You had me sold with Iobaria!

Webstore Gninja Minion

Updated to final cover and description!


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

Oooh. Pretty!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Kajehase wrote:
Oooh. Pretty!

Yeah, I like the little guardian huts around the edges!

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Irnk, Dead-Eye's Prodigal wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Oooh. Pretty!
Yeah, I like the little guardian huts around the edges!

Me too. That's cool as hell. :)


I will pass on this product even though I am planning to run this AP early next year. The maps offered do not seem to be of much use when I already have most of them, or acceptable substitutes that I could even draw myself.

No, what I needed this to be was a folio containing PDFs of all the maps from the AP with the notes for the DM removed. Something I could access so I could print out the AP's maps without having to go into Photoshop or MS Paint and modify them so the players wouldn't get giveaway clues when I lay them out on the tabletop (electronic or otherwise).

I don't understand why the AP's can't follow the example set by the PFS scenarios. With those maps it's as simple as clicking on the image in the PDF (which then highlights), copy, open MS Paint, Paste, and done. The map copies without any of the traps, room numbers, or "place badguys here" icons on it. It becomes something that you can simply adjust the size of for scale and hit "print".

This is the first Paizo AP I will be running, so I don't know what the past APs have done. It seems silly that PFS can figure out how to format things for ease of use, but the AP staff can't?

Disappointing, and a lot more work for me.

P.S. If you have some technical tips that would help with this problem, please share them and I will take it all back.

Paizo Employee Developer

Are you familiar with our interactive maps PDFs?
(The linked product is for the Shattered Star Adventure Path because the Reign of Winter Interactive Maps is not yet available.)


hmm, didn't the map folios used to include all the maps from the APs?

Edit: Playing through CotCT and RotRL right now and they had the maps, but looking at my more recent folios, they indeed do not. Interesting!


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They switched around Kingmaker, from memory. The old ones werent that popular - a number of people felt like they were buying something twice and didnt find the different format very valuable.


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Rob McCreary wrote:
Bellona wrote:
Whitethrone? How will this map differ from the one in City Map Folio?

The map of Whitethrone is a more detailed version of the one that appeared in the City Map Folio, incorporating some additional details of the city that appeared in Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Irrisen, Land of Eternal Winter.

It's still a map of the same city, however, so there is not much difference between the two, other than the amount of detail shown. But since Whitethrone is a significant location for the Reign of Winter Adventure Path, we decided to include a map of it in the Reign of Winter Map Folio.

In my view, the other two maps make the product worth it's price (especially the ink-and-parchment one, I love those!)

However, I thought I'd mention that the inclusion of Whitethrone was a disappointment to me. I understand the points you make here, nonetheless it feels like my previous Whitethrone map has just got a little less useful. I'm not sure that it really would have mattered if I didnt have a super-up-to-date-and-detailed version.

It's hardly a big issue (I cant remember it happening before now) but as a general rule I, for one, would prefer that a folio not include an updated version of some previously released map.

Paizo Employee Developer

As a general rule, I think that we would prefer not to release new versions of previously released maps in map folios. In this case, however, we thought it was better to do include the Whitethrone map in the map folio. As I stated before, it's an important location for the AP, and as a result, is it better to assume (or require) that people buy a 4-year-old product with five other city maps that have NO connection to the AP at all, or reprint one of those maps in the map folio with updates and more detail? Obviously, we took the second course, and while that means you got a reprint of a map you already have, it gives a lot of other people a new map they can use with this AP.

Glad you liked the other two maps, and sorry that the Whitethrone map is not what you would have preferred.


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No worries. It's a pretty minor thing, and the reprinting makes sense. I just thought I'd mention it. The map folios are great overall - the odd disappointing individual map is inevitable, really.


actuall, all of the hut interiors would be an interesting map.

When do the interactive map packs come out usually?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The Golux wrote:
When do the interactive map packs come out usually?

If you buy the PDF of each volume, you get the interactive map of that volume with it; the collection of just the interactive maps should come out when the PDF of the last volume of the AP is released.


Yeah, I don't get the PDFs because I bought reign of winter through the local gaming store, which needs the support, but the interactive map pack would be a good way to print encounter maps out for the players when I start it.


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Reviewed! I think that Paizo has finally nailed the correct balances with this product line.


Vic Wertz wrote:
The Golux wrote:
When do the interactive map packs come out usually?
If you buy the PDF of each volume, you get the interactive map of that volume with it; the collection of just the interactive maps should come out when the PDF of the last volume of the AP is released.

I've got pdfs of each of the Reign of Winter modules. I've used the maps so far as handouts in my game but I'd like to print them out full scale for use at the table during combats. Is there an easy way to scale up the interactive maps?


I don't understand what this product delivers... are there any thumbnails of the content?

Webstore Gninja Minion

The Map Folio gives you three poster maps: one of Whitethrone, one of Iobaria, and a pen-and-ink style player-friendly map of Irrisen. I'll look into getting some sample images added.

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