Gamemastery Map Cards


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The Exchange

Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

This has been kicked around before but I will put it out again. Gamemastery Map Cards would be a nice edition to the recent maps created by Paizo.

Take 5-6 maps that are deemed most universal in utility and create cards that alter those landscapes. By putting the card on the map you change the features of the maps. Future maps could have markers where these cards can be placed. Need a secret door that wasn't there before, presto. Want to add merchants to the scene, presto. Want to reveal a recently sprung trap, presto. Want to make the ship appear to be damaged, presto, want to make a door appear smashed open, presto. The idea is to reveal a new map within the Map Pack or Flipmat to give it more versatility and re-playability. Make the maps come alive and with future maps try to keep the cards in minds when designing maps. Turn a haunted house into real haunts that interact with the map.

Most importantly, make it two sided cards for twice the utility.


Awesome idea!
M

Silver Crusade

I second that idea Zuxius. Dwarven Forge has something similar to what you mention, and I made 2-D terrain pieces to represent trap doors, etc., in the past.

Bel.


Great idea.

I would like to see these cards usable on Map Packs as well as Flip-maps. It would be useful if they contained blank terrain as well so I could do things like:

- Create terrain where none existed before (add forest terrain or water terrain)
- Add dwellings or ruins
- Add a river crossing or bridge
- Add a road
- Add rubble or cave ins
- Add tunnels or passages

The Exchange

I think they've done something like this already -
Map Pack "Shops" goes with Flip Mat "City Streets"
upcoming map pack "Ship's Cabins" goes with the upcoming "Pirate Ship"
not a extensive as alterations, but definitely adding depth to the flip mat.

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 8

Yeah, but I think the idea, Chernobyl, is having playing-card size cards--i.e., something the same size as the item cards and plot twist cards, etc. Or similar -- I could see them being exactly 2x2 inches so as to fit on a grid easily.

They'd work similarly I think to a lot of the smaller components of D&D's Dungeon Tiles--add a door here, a campfire there, difficult terrain here, trap door there, etc.

And I would definitely buy these with the caveat of "as long as they are easy to store." I bought a Dungeon Tiles pack once, and while I loved the sturdy card board, all the different size shapes and pieces and the thickness made them hard to find something to easily keep and transport them in--and keep track of where something is. I always liked Map Packs and Flip Mats better because while they are less customizable, they're flat and thin and I can slip them into all kinds of forms of book transport easily.

So if these were like, "mini map packs" that were all the same size and easily fit in the container they came in or were otherwise easily storable, that would be awesome.

The Exchange

DeathQuaker wrote:

Yeah, but I think the idea, Chernobyl, is having playing-card size cards--i.e., something the same size as the item cards and plot twist cards, etc. Or similar -- I could see them being exactly 2x2 inches so as to fit on a grid easily.

They'd work similarly I think to a lot of the smaller components of D&D's Dungeon Tiles--add a door here, a campfire there, difficult terrain here, trap door there, etc.

And I would definitely buy these with the caveat of "as long as they are easy to store." I bought a Dungeon Tiles pack once, and while I loved the sturdy card board, all the different size shapes and pieces and the thickness made them hard to find something to easily keep and transport them in--and keep track of where something is. I always liked Map Packs and Flip Mats better because while they are less customizable, they're flat and thin and I can slip them into all kinds of forms of book transport easily.

So if these were like, "mini map packs" that were all the same size and easily fit in the container they came in or were otherwise easily storable, that would be awesome.

I agree on the storage of bits. I really like what they can do for a game, but in the end its just another thing to have to pack up and put away at the end of the night.

For the existing map packs, I use "Vaultz" brand boxes, they make a size perfect for the cards (5x8).

Shadow Lodge

This is an idea the group I DM for has been kicking around for awhile, but I only just now found this thread.

The idea we had talked about was how neat it would be if there was a GameMastery card set that contained 5 inch squares, so any player could bring, in a really easy to store and carry pack, a map with them. Imagine if you're a DM with four players, and you each had a deck of "map cards" and laid them all out - instant battlefield!

That was our original idea, although I must say I like Zuxius' original idea about terrain and artwork on the cards so the maps can be changed as needed even better!


A really great idea! It might even be usable on the 'puzz 3-D' items, or 'card house' sort of maps...

The Exchange

Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

Well, I can always keep hoping. Sooner or later they will run out of card ideas and this thread will still be around. Too bad though it doesn't start sooner than later. I am sure that in developing these cards, there would be more applications dreamed up than just my own. Ideas that may take a few packs to notice.

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