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#42884
Enhancing Paizo 2d Flip maps with 3D scenery 2 Years, 11 Months ago  
Here is another of my games - this time PFS Frostfur captives. I did GM it at GenCon as a stand-in GM and was kindly given a flip map for the first encounter. A few weeks later I played it at home. One of my player pointed to my shelf when I placed the flip map on the table.
Having build the Hirst Arts tower (twice) it seemed like the perfect addition to the map. It gave the whole encounter some added depths. Sorry for the bad lighting - I didn't realize how much the sun shining low into the window of the gaming room interfered. This (as well as the Ghenett Manor Pictures were taken on the fly while I finally cleaned up and stored everything away.
Off course this is the DF board. So I added a few layouts taking me no more as 2 min to show some alternatives. I think especially the ruins works very well with the Paizo flip maps. The flip map gives you the exterior playing surface. The DwarvenForge scenery can be used to enhance and highlight the encounter.








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#42885
Re:Enhancing Paizo 2d Flip maps with 3D scenery 2 Years, 11 Months ago  
Looks great, but for myself, I just can;t get past those darn creases on the Pazio flip-mats!

I think Gale Force9 is now making rolled up wet erase printed mats....anyone have one to show/review?
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#42886
Re:Enhancing Paizo 2d Flip maps with 3D scenery 2 Years, 11 Months ago  
Harneloot

You are right. On the other hand a folded map is much easier for storage or transport. Especially if you transport several to a convention. It also helps if you flatten everything ahead of the game. This was a very quick mock-up. I hadn't done photos while we played and the two towers just had to get back to there proper places.
Actually one of them is a weight bearing part for a glass shelf. That was what got me started with Hirst Arts. I looked at some support for a glass shelf that would fit into a diorama/storage for my lake piecesvand other odds and ends. It is hardened glass but I didntbwant to leave it without the tower (you can take it apart and one part is below - one on top of the shelf) fir much longer.
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#42909
Re:Enhancing Paizo 2d Flip maps with 3D scenery 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
The flip mat is handy for its ability to handle wet erase, dry erase, and even permanent markers. I don't know how they are made but it all erases. I have had two since when they were made by Skirmisher (who released the orcs that we all now know as DF miniatures).Skirmisher also published a short adventure in one of their books that was entirely mapped out with Cavern and Cavernous Passages sets. That was the first time I ever saw Dwarven Forge....you know how the story goes after that.
But I digress. Flip mats can be uncreased by weighing them down with books etc or folding them back against the creases. So it is not the flatness that becomes issue, it is the creases in the mat. Still, for the price and portability, they cannot be beat. I am not much of a fan of the preprinted mats though. I like mine blank so I can map what I want, not what Paizo wants to sell me.
Harneloot, I think you are thinking of Dark Platypus Games. He makes a magnetic, rollup, mat that supposedly takes wet and dry erase.

www.dark-platypus.com/shop/category/role-playing/bendy-dungeon
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#42911
Re:Enhancing Paizo 2d Flip maps with 3D scenery 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
Intersting that the map is magnetic...something always bothered me about those *bendy* dungeon walls though - just looks so cheesy compared to Dwarven Forge.

I was thinking of these new vinyl maps by Gale Force 9:

www.amazon.com/Market-Square-Dungeons-Dragons-Accessories/dp/B004BWF5E4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1317123732&sr=8-6

May pick this one up for my Ptolus game actually.
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#42912
Re:Enhancing Paizo 2d Flip maps with 3D scenery 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
I love how this just goes to show that DF makes every part of your game just look better! .. I have a Ton of game mats from over the years and I have done this alot in the past. It just adds a little bit more to the game experiance if your in a hurry to run something that has a map but you dont want to lay out the whole feild. Or if you just want to make that 2D map pop. Its nice to see im not the only one to used my old maps like this as well ! good use of the towers. Does anyone have any of thoes bendy map terrain peices like the stalagmites ? Im wondering how they would look in my DF caverns?
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#42915
Re:Enhancing Paizo 2d Flip maps with 3D scenery 2 Years, 10 Months ago  
I only have the bendy walls. Not terribly stable and very thin, nowhere even in the ballpark with DF. Still, very portable and adding the magnetic bases would help a lot. I could see someone that DMs a lot of convention games getting use from these.
The manufacturing quality is good so I would not hesitate to pick up other items from the company. I still want their gelatinous cube!
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