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So I am going to be purchasing some flipmaps soon and was wondering which ones you think I would get the most use out of for pathfinder society?


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Great question! Although our group wants ALL maps & ends up making many too boot. Don't forget about MAP PACKS as well. Some are designed to go WITH a flip map, like the "Shops" map pack showing the interior of the "City Streets" Flip Map.
Personal opinion here, but "Travel Type" maps {Forest & Deep Forest are a great pair} add to play as much as "Destination" maps {Pathfinder Lodge, Cathedral, etc}
We've used the Waterfront Tavern, Pub Crawl, the aforementioned pairings of maps & the Town Square numerous times.
You also may not need these if your adventure includes information & maps. But we have found these add to game play & are more fun than a grid & colored markers.
BTW, Lowes has nice sizes of clear plexiglass that aren't that expensive {they will also cut them for you}. If you have one of these large enough to fit over your maps on your table(s), it will be a perfect flat surface for your miniatures!

Flip Maps:
paizo.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Store.woa/wa/search?q=flip+maps&what=produ cts
Map Packs:
http://paizo.com/search?q=map+pack&x.x=0&x.y=0&includeUnrated=t rue&includeUnavailable=true&what=products

We REALLY like the map packs! Lots of mini-uses for any campaign. Caravans, campsites, boats & ships & the dreaded SWALLOWED WHOLE!!!

Hope I helped!
-Gwydion

Liberty's Edge 2/5

Obviously the Basic one is the best. I prefer also to use dry erase markers ... just MAKE sure that you always clean them off after a session or you will end up with maps like mine where the ink has set in.

Map packs are nice but.. tricky to store.

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Already have the basic one. Looking for which ones people have seen the most directly written for in the modules.

Thank you for all the responses so far!

4/5

Deep Forest is probably my favorite, you can use it in many out door situations.

Edit: Most used? The older modules use Waterfront Tavern a lot, however I think that is out of print. Another somewhat often common flip mat in older modules is Mountian Pass. Town Square, Theater and Ship are also sprinkled in there.

Newer Modules seam to be mixing it up quiet a bit. I haven't been able to pinpoint a specific mat being used often.

Personally I like owning the real pain in the butt ones to draw, otherwise I will just draw it.

Grand Lodge 1/5

Because of how much Society games vary from eachother, it's really hard to say. You're better off buying them as you need them, instead of randomly picking some and hoping they'll be used in the next scenario you run.

Shadow Lodge 4/5 ** Venture-Captain, Michigan—Mt. Pleasant

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An excellent question, and one that's been asked before (though I don't fault you for asking again.)

Several people worked together and created this list. It looks like it is a little out of date, but it lists up to 4-08, so not too bad.

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That is amazing! Thank you!

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Depends on which scenarios you play, they're all over the place. What I would do is see which scenarios you want to run in the next 3 months, see which flip-maps they use, read the reviews on the flip maps, and purchase from there.

I'm not that much of a fan of the map packs, you should be very selective with their purchase.

I own almost all of the flip maps (and some map packs), for seasons 0-3 these are my favorite (and should be good for outside PFS as well).

Here's a good thread on which flip maps are the best.

My list is pretty much the same:
1) Ship: It's out of print, but one of the best. If you can't get it, use the Pirate Ship.
2) Forest
3) Swamp
4) Waterfront Tavern
5) Village Square
6) City Streets
7) Warehouse

Deep Forest, Urban Tavern, and Town Square are also good.

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Along a similar vein, what about obtaining out of print ones? I've looked at Ebay, and cannot find any ones that I need. Same with thinking someone on Amazon might have them. Any suggestions?

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Also, Theatre.

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Grolick wrote:
Along a similar vein, what about obtaining out of print ones? I've looked at Ebay, and cannot find any ones that I need. Same with thinking someone on Amazon might have them. Any suggestions?

This is not a suggestion you are going to like - but I have fallen back to drawing the ones I can't buy. I've got a tablet of 1" graph paper (for meetings - but it works great) and once I draw the map, it goes into my map case. This way I only have to draw it once... and I can lavish more attention to it.

Sczarni 4/5

Map packs and flip mats used from scenario 1 through 3-12.... I'll attempt to updte it later this week

Grolick wrote:
Along a similar vein, what about obtaining out of print ones? I've looked at Ebay, and cannot find any ones that I need. Same with thinking someone on Amazon might have them. Any suggestions?

You can by the PDF and then print full size from adobe, then its just a bit of cut/tape and you are good to go!

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nosig wrote:
Grolick wrote:
Along a similar vein, what about obtaining out of print ones? I've looked at Ebay, and cannot find any ones that I need. Same with thinking someone on Amazon might have them. Any suggestions?
This is not a suggestion you are going to like - but I have fallen back to drawing the ones I can't buy. I've got a tablet of 1" graph paper (for meetings - but it works great) and once I draw the map, it goes into my map case. This way I only have to draw it once... and I can lavish more attention to it.

Yes, I've had to do that but would really like to have better looking maps. My drawing skills are not so great.

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Grolick wrote:
nosig wrote:
Grolick wrote:
Along a similar vein, what about obtaining out of print ones? I've looked at Ebay, and cannot find any ones that I need. Same with thinking someone on Amazon might have them. Any suggestions?
This is not a suggestion you are going to like - but I have fallen back to drawing the ones I can't buy. I've got a tablet of 1" graph paper (for meetings - but it works great) and once I draw the map, it goes into my map case. This way I only have to draw it once... and I can lavish more attention to it.
Yes, I've had to do that but would really like to have better looking maps. My drawing skills are not so great.

LOL! yeah, I know what you mean. Been there, done that. Replace the paper ones when you can...

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Earl Gendron wrote:

Map packs and flip mats used from scenario 1 through 3-12.... I'll attempt to updte it later this week

Grolick wrote:
Along a similar vein, what about obtaining out of print ones? I've looked at Ebay, and cannot find any ones that I need. Same with thinking someone on Amazon might have them. Any suggestions?
You can by the PDF and then print full size from adobe, then its just a bit of cut/tape and you are good to go!

Thanks. I've tried with little success in doing this, but perhaps I just need more practice.

Sczarni 4/5

I'll give more detailed notes when I get home, I've failed it more than once, and made it work twice

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Matthew Pittard wrote:
Obviously the Basic one is the best. I prefer also to use dry erase markers ... just MAKE sure that you always clean them off after a session or you will end up with maps like mine where the ink has set in.

Two comments: Dry erase markers on the lamenated basic maps... Chessex grid maps you cannot use dry erase. must use wet erase markers.

As for cleaning, try the Mr. Clean magic erasers. Works wonders on old marker stains.

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I decided to go in a different direction with my first purchase before I get my flip maps beyond the basic one.

Bought the Chase card set and condition cards. Figure both will get more use then any one flip map.


Some of the custom maps inside of PFS scenarios are just plain beautiful, but a pain to draw out (I'm looking at you, Well of Tainted Virtue) so as a test I took an image copy one around to a couple office stores to see what it would cost to print it out full-scale size. Prices vary greatly, but the best deal was Staples. They will print a 3 foot by 4 foot map in black & white for less than $8.

They would print it in color for only $2 more.

And laminated would be another $8.

So, for less than $20, you can get a full color laminated copy of a map from inside a scenario.

I know that that's not in everyone's budget, but I am slowly amassing a small collection of beautiful maps that are ready to go, that the players love, and it encourages me to run scenarios more than just once.

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I do that with the custom maps, but at home. I have a color laser printer, and make my own printouts of the custom maps. Some of them are just so beautiful, it's a shame for the players *not* to see them. (My players were really impressed with the Golemworks Incident last weekend.)

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/5 *** Venture-Lieutenant, Conventions—Gen Con

Golemworks was what caused me to try to start printing out maps and assembling them. That map is just amazing.

4/5 Venture-Captain, New Mexico—Roswell

I'm a very big fan of having two basic flip mats and Vis-a-Vis wet erase markers in my bag. The Vis-a-Vis markers don't smudge or come off until wet, easily wipe off with a Wet-Nap (a box of 100 is like $3), and you're ready to get the three combat encounters in every PFS, plus an extra RP area or something, and go.

I usually use those plus a pub flipmat and a Pathfinder Lodge flipmat, basically so my players feel like they have a hangout and can get a briefing/debriefing respectively..

Other than that, there is so much variation in the flipmats that I find it hard to recommend buying them for multiple game use.. I buy the ones I think are awesome looking. ^_^

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