Some of you might be able to remember back to last December when I reviewed his Inked Adventures Blocks set and I really wanted a line art version that was a bit more Frugal with the ink. Back then I screwed around with the files some and made my own before deciding I hated doing the coloring in by hand.
This time around the tiles come in two versions.....well technically four versions, but I'll get to that. The main variations are a full color set and the line art set. Even though I got a brand-spanking-new awesome color printer last week, I'm focusing this review on the line-art version because that the was primary reason I got this product.
Right off the bat it is apparent that Will put some thought into this line-art version even though it may not seem readily apparent. If you look too closely at the PDF (like you view it on-screen at 200%) you'll see a lot of fine lines, mostly from the grid paper scanning in. Since there is deep-black edging you know that he tweaked this in Photoshop or the like. My 1st reaction, had I been doing this, would have been to tweak things to remove these fine lines, but that would have either washed out his drawings or ended up making everything much more uniform. It's hard to describe, but since I've actually done this when screwing around with his last product, I know that you loose something in the process.
Of course this is all really a moot point since those finer lines don't show up when printed....and even if they did, which they didn't, Will drew this to fricken scale, so they'd end up serving as 1' increments.
This product is organized as a series of PDFs instead of a single large PDF, which is good for several reasons. 1st you have the sets organized by native print size, A4 or US Letter. No having to tweak print settings and get your scale off. Just choose the correct file and print at 100%. Next the files are organized by "Colour" and "Line Art" (you funny Brits and your English). In those folders you have your four PDFs, one each for the main Library, the large Bookish Hallway, Door Counters & Connectors, and finally your Small Rooms.
I printed up a full set with an extra Bookish Hallway and even though my toner was low on the old B&W printer I had absolutely no problems, at least with the printing part. Evidently there is some sort of shelf-life on my self-stick foam core because my tiles won't stay down.....
|One full set|
...which is not a problem with the tiles at all. I'm mentioning this for general use and because, in retrospect, I wish I hadn't used foam core at all. I'll get into why in a bit. I will say these pictures don't do the set full justice for two reasons. The 1st is the peeling. I can see it clearly in the photo above. The 2nd is because I used (in this case wasted) my good lamination, which reflects some of the light and dulls the tiles in photos. You can seen how much darker the un-laminated doors and connectors look.
I'm still having some issues with the connectors in-use. Now a good portion of this is clearly the fact that I mounted these tiles to foam core, which
All morning I'd been trying to get my head around how to make this work and literally as I'm typing this I think I finally got it. I think, and will recommend to Will, that he change that one page. Normally I'd say as a user to essentially just cut 1/2 of a tile off of each of those little 5' sections, but I also recalled a bit of bother when trying to cut out the Bookish Hallway, at least onto foam core.
The pieces aren't going to join seamlessly because of the hand-drawn nature of the tiles and the natural variations created when cutting things out, but it is close enough and the general coolness of the hand-drawn look adds a lot to the overall effect.
this tile set! Just don't use older self-stick foam core!
At least printing off a new set will set me back less than a buck in supplies....