Frugal GM Review: Don't Wake Dretchlor Player Map from Gamer Printshop (PWYW)
Yesterday I realized I'd be short on this week's review and headed over to DriveThruRPG to buy something else to look at. In the "hottest" category was this map from Gamer Printshop.
I've been meaning to check out one of their offerings since I first heard about them a year or two ago. These guys do some large-scale printing I've heard good things about. Their few items on DriveThruRPG look pretty cool as well, but I hadn't pulled the trigger until now.
My 1st impression was it looked alright, but quickly I determined this Don't Wake Dretchlor adventure map didn't seem up to snuff with their other maps. This might explain why it was PWYW.
Since I did have a grid on the 1st level I went ahead and counted out the squares and the scale is off. On a map with standard grids, you'd expect that the map is 1" wide for every 5' depicted on the map. It doesn't matter if the map is 72 dpi or 300 dpi. This map's scale was off because the map is actually smaller than you'd expect. I didn't bother to do the math....a simple counting of squares was enough.
Upon closer inspection two things stuck out. Now one I kind of had to dig for so it wasn't a huge deal, but the other....really huge deal. 1st either the scale is off between the VTT maps or the underlying artwork is off because the two sets of stairs between the levels just don't match up. Odds are this wouldn't be noticed in regular play, but to me it just means that this map wasn't shown enough care. Coupling this with the fact that there are HUGE seams in the floor on the 1st level and I'm of the opinion this might have been a rush job.....definitely not comparable with what I've seen of previous work from Gamer Printshop.
DriveThruRPG offerings with an average price of over $6, this new PWYW piece is going to be used as an example of Gamer Printshop's work, whether they want it to be or not, and I don't think it is indicative of what I've heard. The next cheapest map of theirs is "only" $3 and it does look impressive, but if I had to make a purchasing decision based on this PWYW map......
......I'd probably pass and save the $3. Now I'm not trying to be a dick about it, but approaching it from the perspective of an average gamer who has a limited budget for buying maps. If I get a bit of surplus in my account I'm not above picking up something else from Gamer Printshop for a second review.