Whether your party is on the run after escaping an icy prison or hunting mythical creatures that emerge only in winter, no Game Master wants to spend time drawing every snowbank and icicle-laden copse of pines. Fortunately, with Paizo's latest Pathfinder Flip-Mat, you don't have to! This line of gaming maps provides ready-to-use fantasy set pieces for the busy Game Master. Full of beautiful details, including a frozen lake and a snow-draped cave entrance, this double-sided map makes the perfect setting for forays into the bone-chilling cold!
Don't waste your time sketching when you could be playing. With Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Winter Forest, you'll be prepared next time your players head out into the winter woods!
There aren't a lot of options available for winter scenes, so I've used the Winter Forest flip-mat several times in both campaign and PFS/SFS play. One side features a frozen river and lake, complete with a small island in the middle. The other side features the snow-covered cliffs of a boulder-strewn hillside and a couple of paths winding their way through the trees. There are some little touches, like fallen logs, but overall the designer has avoided making the scene too busy (a plus in my book). My tip for GMs would be to plan ahead of time how the trees affect movement and cover, to think about whether special rules will be used to represent movement through the snow and ice, and finally to think about how tall and difficult to climb the boulders will be. There's not really much else to say about this one--it's a good, attractive flip-mat that does its job well and that I expect to use frequently in the future.
Looks awesome, I'm just sad it's a flip mat instead of a map pack; I tend to prefer building up my own maps from tiles over having an entire encounter map already laid out (although those are nice too), and there is a distinct lack of generic wintry forest tiles everywhere I've looked :(
I'll hopefully still get some use out of these at least, I'm DMming Reign of Winter right now (wrapping up Adventure 1 soon), so by the time these arrive there should still be plenty of opportunity to fit them in somewhere. I can probably also lift some smaller elements out of it for handmade maps on the VTT as well, such as the snowy trails surrounded by trees and the river/lake.