The Confirmation, and other PFS maps!


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Grand Lodge

I've seen a few other threads about this scenario, but I'm about to run it in a couple days and I'm wondering if there's any tips and tricks about printing out PFS maps. I had intended on just going to Kinko's and printing out some PDFs but I'm unsure about sizing and all that. Any help would be awesome!

Silver Crusade 1/5

I found this tutorial extremely useful.

The adjusting of colors is optional, but the changing of resolution and the use of Posterazor (which is a pain to run in Linux, btw) is really useful.

EDIT: Skipping through the video I realize it does not cover everything I found useful, so two quick adjustments:

1. Gimp offers a tool to measure distance. You can use that to check how many inches one of your squares is long. If it's above 1, increase the resolution. If it's below 1, lower the resolution.

2. I did not like the "Cut out parts of the map and print them" method. I used Posterazor which picks any PDF (or image? not sure) and splits it up into DIN-A-4 (or US letter or whatever format you need) pages you can easily print. With an adjustable overlap for easier glueing.

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I get my maps printed at Staples, so I don't know if this advice applies to Kinkos. One, I can submit jobs online and then pick them up a couple of days later. Two (and most importantly), Staples has an Engineering Prints option that is much, much cheaper than printing the maps as Posters. The quality is fractionally less, but a color, 24x36" engineering print is $5.89 while a similar size poster is $30.

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Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

I use engineering prints at staples as well and they look great as long as you have a good image going in. I have a text tutorial I got my info from, and can post a link once I am home.

For something like confirmation, probably worth getting the map laminated as it's one you will use multiple times.

Grand Lodge

CigarPete wrote:

I use engineering prints at staples as well and they look great as long as you have a good image going in. I have a text tutorial I got my info from, and can post a link once I am home.

For something like confirmation, probably worth getting the map laminated as it's one you will use multiple times.

That would be a huge help!

Also, thanks for the advice! I'll definitely be looking into Staples!

Dark Archive 4/5 *

Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BXbjFJkSuuhSasqHKk5G7POTpp1du9TWmFdOeU0 qpNY/edit

I generally follow the Inkscape process in the link above. I just grab the image from the pdf, create a grid @1 in x 1 in and resize, then do the bitmap tracing - it does really make a difference.

Silver Crusade 1/5

CigarPete wrote:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BXbjFJkSuuhSasqHKk5G7POTpp1du9TWmFdOeU0 qpNY/edit

I generally follow the Inkscape process in the link above. I just grab the image from the pdf, create a grid @1 in x 1 in and resize, then do the bitmap tracing - it does really make a difference.

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Grand Lodge

Has anybody downloaded the Map Pack PDFs and printed them out/laminated them? Trying to get opinions on that before I start throwing money at the PDFs.

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden

If you're using Gimp (free photoshop alternative), you can use "Guides" to divide the picture, and then "Guillotine" to chop it up into pictures that will fit onto letter/A4 paper.

For a typical map, both flipmats and most special scenario maps, they're 24 x 30 square maps. Just hack it up into 3x3 smaller pictures of 8x10 squares each, and then print those as 8" x 10" pictures.


I have all of the maps for this scenario, but I think it would be simple enough to draw them out. They're mostly just caves and the one Forest map.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Captain, Tennessee—Knoxville

I actually really dislike drawing the darklands map. So much so that I've printed it on vinyl. :) I'll never have to print it again!

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 **** Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East

I wish we could get things like Darklands and Deep Forest that are (a) used in evergreens and (b) used in multiple scenarios back into print. Those come up so much, it would be nice to be able to buy the flipmats.

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden

Paizo's said that they rarely do reprints because they sell much much worse. Subscribers are a big part of the initial purchasers and you don't get those on reprints.

That said, a lot of the useful generic landscape maps have made it into the Classics line. It would make sense to do the same for Deep Forest at least, since it's two sides of green goodness.

OTOH, Deep Forest looks rather a lot like the Bigger Forest flipmat. Paizo could also write a substitution manual for a lot of older adventures "substitute this new map for this out of print map and make enemies spawn here".

Scarab Sages 4/5 5/5 ** Venture-Captain, Isles—Online

buy the darkland / deep forest PDF's and get then printed on vinyl - in the UK I use a company called pixart printing - single sided prints cost about £7–8 shipped (they also regularly have special offers)

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden

In the case of Darklands, you really only need the one interesting side. If you ever need the other side it's trivial to draw.

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