I'm not sure if I'm answering the question right...
But I use a vinyl mat with squares already marked on them. I think I got it in the Beginner Box? sometime ago. I use dry erase and can draw the terrain or area quickly before we start the encounter.
You could use something like that, quickly sketch it up and utilize it to run various encounters.
I'm not sure that answers what you asked or not? Hopefully?
You could really use any of the bar flip mats that you have on hand as the players won't know that difference. Pub crawl, ect. Or like Grey said just sketch out a rectangle add a bar some tables ect and have at it! Happy GMing!
Yah I have the flipmat from the beginning box so I am fine with drawing something. Was more looking to see if anyone had any specific map links that I could sketch. The feed bag seems like it is decent size since the bar fight in the book involves 14 unnamed farmers and a handful of named npc's. Will take a look at the pub crawl map. Maybe get the pdf and sketch it.
(While I'm sure this has been brought up before elsewhere, I really wish the maps provided in the PDF were separate files, with layers to remove the location indicators (so as to not give things away to the players), and, most importantly to me, that I could print in scale where 1" = 5'.)
My group enjoys using tabletop maps and I'd prefer not to draw them by hand since the maps provided in the adventures are way better than a map drawn by hand with a black Sharpie. :-) Has anyone any tips on how to take the maps out of this PDF (or any) and scale it up to where it could be printed and played on a table top to scale?
I've considered trying to reproduce, as best I can, the maps in MapForge so I can print them out for tabletop use. But I'm having a hard time getting around the fact that I'm starting right at the maps I'd like to use in the PDF... if I could (easily) print them to scale.
What kind of things do you want to hide? When I selected the image in Adobe Reader and copied it, it didn't bring any of the labels or text with it. The only hidden item I saw carried over was the secret door in the Pen, which is pretty easily removed with something like Pixelmator or Photoshop.
I find scaling pretty easy on the Mac. If you're on Windows, I'm not sure what workflow would be best for scaling them up.
Well, I'll be! :-) With as much time as I was looking through Adobe Reader for a menu that would allow me to show/hide layers... it never occurred to me that I could simply copy-and-paste the image and, as well (!), not get the labels or text. It appears that all of the interesting images (the NPCs, the vial, maps, etc.) can be copied this way... and that's fantastic! Now... what did I miss to know that these images work this way? Are there some tips or instructions somewhere that indicates this is an option? I figured I'd need to take a screen grab and go from there.
Regarding scaling, I'll have to figure that out on my own... I thought I'd have to scale it up... but it appears I may have to actually scale it down.
I don't think there's a way to know. It depends on what text is baked into the image (or a layer of the image) and what is separate. That will depend on how the publisher created their publication. But all Paizo PDFs have the image independent from the label text. You still have to hide secret doors, though.
For scaling workflow, it's pretty simple. I'm on a Mac and will give some shortcuts. If you're on Windows you'll need to figure out what applications work for you.
I open the image in Apple's PDF and image reader, Preview. (Preview can't recognize the separate photos in the PDF, so I always have to grab the image in Adobe Reader. But once you've copied it, Command-N in Preview creates a new image from the clipboard.) I'll check image properties (Command-I in Preview) and determine the resolution, which has always been 72 dpi.
Then I'll drag a selection box along the boundaries of a map square. In Preview, it displays the height and width of the selection box while dragging. If a square isn't 72 pixels wide (or whatever dots per inch you noted when you checked the resolution), you need to scale it. Divide the resolution by the actual size of the box and you'll get the percentage you have to scale it.
If a square of the map is 36 x 36 pixels, then 72/36 = 2, or 200% scaling. Easy! And if the map has a 10' scale, then you want each box to be 144 pixels wide.
Then I use an app called SplitPrint to split the map across multiple 11 x 17 sheets of paper and tape them together.