Printing maps


Curse of the Crimson Throne


Hi,

I am a relatively new GM about to start running COCT. My party is 6-7 members depending on availability.

I have printed off the maps from the folio pdf by enlarging the map and sticking on to card, then cutting out rooms to lay down as the party moves through the fog of war. It works quite well (resolution not great) and I've managed to get the grid squares to approx an inch by inch size.

The problem I have is that the maps provided by Paizo seem quite small for a large party. I can see a lot of combat becoming crowded and cramped.

Are there any home made maps or online maps available which tackle this and which I could repeat my process of printing off and cutting on to card?

Thanks

Grand Lodge

Remember that in some of the dungeons later in the adventure path have a scale of 10 feet to a square, not 5.


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The APs are designed for a party of 4. It's not a problem for large scale or outdoorsy campaigns like Giantslayer or Ironfang Invasion. However, city-based ones like CoCT and Hell's Rebels suffer with larger parties. I had issues in Mummy's Mask, too.

In any case, the best idea I can think of is to simply draw your maps out on grid paper or mats (like the Cheesex ones). At least then you can adjust to your party's needs.


I highly recommend going digital! For an occasional gamer printing or chessex mats are great. But after a campaign the cost of ink vs the cost of a LED TV screen any cost and time lost will be easily saved over a few months of gaming.

Just lay a flat screen tv on the table, get a sheet of plexi-glass to cut to fit it. Then use Maptool (as it's free) and you can change the sizes of any map have fog of war and still use Mini's.


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I spend quite a bit on wet-erase markers, but not even close to what I spend printing out stat blocks and character sheets from Hero Lab.


After 35 years of playing. I pushed very hard to to reduce the printing of maps, and limited print outs of any stat blocks to only boss mobs. It took some re-learning how to DM my game. But, as of this last year my whole group has gone 100% digital. Maptool, Herolab and Syrinscape. We can play remote or in person. I can also prep months in advance.

Grand Lodge

taks wrote:
I spend quite a bit on wet-erase markers, but not even close to what I spend printing out stat blocks and character sheets from Hero Lab.

Why print them out from Hero Lab. I use it to run all my combats. Never have to print a single stat block or character sheet. Do it all digitally.

I have the players email me their character por files every time they level and then create a por file with all of them. Have your encounters ready and import them into the tactical console along with the party.


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HL is on my desktop in the basement and when we play, I'm on my laptop upstairs. I tried running via remote desktop, but it just plain sucked. I maintain most of our files, too, at least for my son and his friends.


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I did just buy a laser printer, which cuts the cost in half. Yes, total excuse.


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Oh, and we just kicked CoCT off today (prep work). Fast XP track... Oof.


Congrats's on your kick off Taks

Herolab gives you a second license at no additional cost!

This secondary license can be obtained automatically via the License Administration website at www.lonewolfdevel.com, or by selecting the "Obtain Secondary License" option from the "License" menu within Hero Lab.

For users with more than two devices, they offer the ability to purchase up to three additional secondary licenses for $10.00 each, supporting a maximum of five (5) total license numbers.

COCT also has the whole adventure path stats available for purchase. This allows you to load each encounter and all the stats, as well as modify them on the fly.

http://www.wolflair.com/blog/2016/10/28/october-pathfinder-release-curse-of -the-crimson-throne/

Grand Lodge

taks wrote:
Oh, and we just kicked CoCT off today (prep work). Fast XP track... Oof.

Have fun, I know we are. We started in October. I am running a 13 year old, two 15 year old kids, and the father of a couple of them. I am the uncle of the other kid. They seem to be having a lot of fun. We are a couple sessions away from completing the first chapter.


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Zebbie wrote:

Congrats's on your kick off Taks

Herolab gives you a second license at no additional cost!

This secondary license can be obtained automatically via the License Administration website at www.lonewolfdevel.com, or by selecting the "Obtain Secondary License" option from the "License" menu within Hero Lab.

For users with more than two devices, they offer the ability to purchase up to three additional secondary licenses for $10.00 each, supporting a maximum of five (5) total license numbers.

COCT also has the whole adventure path stats available for purchase. This allows you to load each encounter and all the stats, as well as modify them on the fly.

http://www.wolflair.com/blog/2016/10/28/october-pathfinder-release-curse-of -the-crimson-throne/

I know that. We (my group and I) have 5, mine is the fifth.

Edit: I have CoCT loaded, to. In fact, we have all but a couple of the rule books and the APs/modules we don't play.


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Olmac wrote:
taks wrote:
Oh, and we just kicked CoCT off today (prep work). Fast XP track... Oof.
Have fun, I know we are. We started in October. I am running a 13 year old, two 15 year old kids, and the father of a couple of them. I am the uncle of the other kid. They seem to be having a lot of fun. We are a couple sessions away from completing the first chapter.

I have 5. I'm going to adjust for their relative strength as well as enough to push it out to medium track. I can't start on the maps yet, however, because book 6 of Giantslayer sucks up all my available Cheesex mats (1 mondo, 3 mega, 1 battle).

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