Book of Lairs Map Pack PDF

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Fight the Monster in its Den...If You Dare!

Tbe Book of Lairs Map Pack brings you 25 great monster lairs for your game—and each comes in 2 versions, gridded and gridless! Use these exciting and unusual battlegrounds with the complete short adventure found in the Book of Lairs itself, or use them to inspire your own adventures.

Map themes include:

  • Alchemist’s Guildhall
  • Necromancer’s Cistern
  • Clockwork Tower
  • Den of the Rotten Kings
  • Lost Halls of Everforge
  • A Pirate Cove
  • Crypt of the Warlock
  • Citadel of the Void Dragon
  • A Dark Grove
  • Lost Fane of the Serpents
  • Branches of Yggdrasil
  • Tomb of the Scorpion Prince
  • Sky Stairs of Beldestan
  • Imperial Ghoul Outpost
  • Umbral Vampire Tower
  • And 10 more!

Expand your battlefield! Each a high‑resolution battle map is ready to play with a projector or with a virtual tabletop. Add the Book of Lairs Map Pack to your game today!

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This massive pdf contains 54 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, leaving us with 52 pages, so what do we get?

In short, we get cartography from the Robert Brookes, Liz Courts, Jason Engle, Alyssa Faden, Todd Gamble, Sean Macdonald, Alex Moore, Jon Pintar, Tommi Salama - intended originally for the Book of Lairs (review forthcoming!), the maps within this tome can be used for just about any fantastic environment and the maps differ in two crucial ways:

Number one: If you're familiar with the names listed, you'll note that they are pretty much synonymous with great cartography. I am not engaging in hyperbole when I'm saying that they have crafted some of my absolute favorite maps.

Number two: These are not your usual maps. The problem with commercial cartography a GM can purchase to supplement her modules usually lies in a system-immanent issue: To appeal to a broad as possible audience, the maps generally need to be applied to as broad a theme as possible - you know, cabin in the woods, villages, caverns. There may be embellishments, but in the end, most maps need to be flexible unless they are used within the context of an adventure.

The downside of this necessity, ultimately, is that there simply isn't much evocative cartography for "boss-encounter" - and the area is extremely important; whether it's the shadow clock, a float within a stream of magma, the top of a seemingly endless staircase - we know we want such areas for our bosses, right? Well, this is where this book comes in.

While this does feature more conservative (but absolutely gorgeous) maps of e.g. a house at the sea, it is the absolutely uncommon maps for, well lairs of BBEGs, that make this special: You can find a house, yes, but it has an uncanny eye-motif. More importantly, you can find evocative, desert-themed forts, houses with tell-tale trails of blood, clockwork-studded clocktower, organic-looking fortresses of strange entities, hives, strange temples of deep ones...the maps are glorious, beautiful and range in beauty from extraordinary to nice, with the Castle of Sand and Warlock's Crypt my least favorite and pretty much all of the other maps being simply stunning.

A total of 26 such maps are provided, though some have small sub-sections included on their page - each of the maps comes in two iterations, one with a grid and one without the grid. Secret doors and similar material has been omitted and the maps are high-res enough to serve as potential mats to hand out and use. this worth it? The question must, frankly, be answered with a resounding "YES!" -the maps are high-quality, provided by industry legends. The themes range from "easily used" to "adventure-inspiring" and the diversity of topics covered ultimately means that this book will have at least one map that will make a GM run a module that features it to the extent that writing one very much is a smart choice.

Beyond that, I think getting this sends a good sign - namely that uncommon maps, that maps that inspire by virtue of their existence, that maps that go beyond the standard, make sense to produce. I know I'd love a second book of lairs! My final verdict will clock in at 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.

Liberty's Edge


Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

Just popping in to say that there's a truckload of great system-agnostic maps here in this collection and folks are getting a HUGE deal with this product.

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Is there a sample of one or two of the maps so that potential buyers can at least see the details of the quality of the maps? I use Roll20 as a GM for my online campaigns, and a sample would help me decide on whether or not to purchase this product (I need as many well-detailed maps as possible for my Kingmaker campaign to fill in the empty hexes).

CB out.

Canadian Bakka wrote:
Is there a sample of one or two of the maps so that potential buyers can at least see the details of the quality of the maps?

Agreed - even just a small sample section would help.

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

Nothing official l that I've seen, but I found this on Twitter for one of the maps (coincidentally one that I did the final art for) to highlight the before and after process: Map Before and After

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2014 Top 4

Found a bunch of samples here:

Oh wow, they are much better in quality than I was expecting, and free of labels too! :) I only mention the 2nd part because a lot of the maps from the Courts of the Shadow Fey (from Kobold Press) are often in black and white only and/or come with labels/tokens on the map that cannot be removed when you do an image extraction from the pdf, :(

At any rate, thank you, Robert Brookes, for the links to the samples. I think this will be a product that I shall be picking up sometime this week. Huzzah! :)

CB out.

Great - thanks. Agreed - they look fantastic.

The Exchange Kobold Press

We've learned our lesson about digital maps. We offer these maps without labels, and in both gridded and gridless forms (so people can use the squares as designed, or use hexes, or resize the squares as needed).

A review would be very welcome!

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Do you also offer them print in scale ready?
Because that´s the biggest problem i have with digital maps often and the scale also plays a role in using them online on VTT´s.

Reviewed first on, then submitted to Nerdtrek, GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

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