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5E Is the map in the Theros book good?

Not sure who "them" means but it's just for 5e I assume using the SRD, not officially through WOTC or giving WOTC any money.

I get it now. I was thinking about that magazine they were working on about 10 years ago and there was a falling out with Garys wife maybe?
 

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jayoungr

Legend
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Does the book include such a thing? If it does, is it possible to get it as a PDF for printing?
If the Theros map doesn't meet your needs, I can attest that the Odyssey of the Dragonlords map is pretty gorgeous.


(Click on the alternate view for the world map.)

There's a full-page version of it in the free player's guide PDF:

 


If the Theros map doesn't meet your needs, I can attest that the Odyssey of the Dragonlords map is pretty gorgeous.


(Click on the alternate view for the world map.)

There's a full-page version of it in the free player's guide PDF:


Yes I picked this up and its a really good map. Ive read bits and pieces and browsed it and will most likely meld it with Theros if I run that type of game. In fact my copy of Theros should be here soon.
 

DEFCON 1

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The Theros map blows chunks in my opinion, and I'm not usually one who cares about the art stuff like this. There's barely any detail on any of the land pieces, it's all just like watercolor washes to signify plains, forests, hills, mountains etc. I guess we're supposed to assume that the brown areas are mountains and that the darker browns are taller mountains, but not that you can really tell where these start/stop because there's like just the barest hint of texture to differentiate any of it.

Not to mention that there's an entire peninsula to the southeast of Theros on the map that is huge (almost as big as Meletis) but is completely empty of anything. Why bother putting this huge land area on a map that has nothing to do with the three main polis that make up the setting? And really, that's true for the entire map... you have Meletis, Akros, and Setessa in the dead center of the map, taking up like maybe 1/9th of the space... and then all this other empty space around it going off for hundreds of miles in every direction with almost nothing identifiable in them. Did we need an entire half of the map be the Siren Sea with several dozen landmasses that make up the Dakra Islands... none of which have anything on them and which the setting itself says they move around and change/disappear on a whim? An entire waste of space.

I don't need every map to be a Schley classic... but it'd be nice to have one that actually focuses and gives detail about where we actually are meant to adventure in. I'm hoping to run a Theros campaign in the near future, so I'm desperately hoping someone over at Campaign Cartographer or Cartographer's Guild makes their own better version of the Theros map because I'd love to see it.
 

The Theros map blows chunks in my opinion, and I'm not usually one who cares about the art stuff like this. There's barely any detail on any of the land pieces, it's all just like watercolor washes to signify plains, forests, hills, mountains etc. I guess we're supposed to assume that the brown areas are mountains and that the darker browns are taller mountains, but not that you can really tell where these start/stop because there's like just the barest hint of texture to differentiate any of it.

Not to mention that there's an entire peninsula to the southeast of Theros on the map that is huge (almost as big as Meletis) but is completely empty of anything. Why bother putting this huge land area on a map that has nothing to do with the three main polis that make up the setting? And really, that's true for the entire map... you have Meletis, Akros, and Setessa in the dead center of the map, taking up like maybe 1/9th of the space... and then all this other empty space around it going off for hundreds of miles in every direction with almost nothing identifiable in them. Did we need an entire half of the map be the Siren Sea with several dozen landmasses that make up the Dakra Islands... none of which have anything on them and which the setting itself says they move around and change/disappear on a whim? An entire waste of space.

I don't need every map to be a Schley classic... but it'd be nice to have one that actually focuses and gives detail about where we actually are meant to adventure in. I'm hoping to run a Theros campaign in the near future, so I'm desperately hoping someone over at Campaign Cartographer or Cartographer's Guild makes their own better version of the Theros map because I'd love to see it.

Thats really disappointing. I havent seen the map yet but if what you say is true, and I believe you, like you said, whats the point of having a full size map. At that point why not break it up into 4 to 6 (8-1/2 x 11) sheets that you can photo copy, scan & print or whatever? If its really that bad ill just write on the original, probably cant make it any worse.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
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The Theros map blows chunks in my opinion, and I'm not usually one who cares about the art stuff like this. There's barely any detail on any of the land pieces, it's all just like watercolor washes to signify plains, forests, hills, mountains etc. I guess we're supposed to assume that the brown areas are mountains and that the darker browns are taller mountains, but not that you can really tell where these start/stop because there's like just the barest hint of texture to differentiate any of it.

Not to mention that there's an entire peninsula to the southeast of Theros on the map that is huge (almost as big as Meletis) but is completely empty of anything. Why bother putting this huge land area on a map that has nothing to do with the three main polis that make up the setting? And really, that's true for the entire map... you have Meletis, Akros, and Setessa in the dead center of the map, taking up like maybe 1/9th of the space... and then all this other empty space around it going off for hundreds of miles in every direction with almost nothing identifiable in them. Did we need an entire half of the map be the Siren Sea with several dozen landmasses that make up the Dakra Islands... none of which have anything on them and which the setting itself says they move around and change/disappear on a whim? An entire waste of space.

I don't need every map to be a Schley classic... but it'd be nice to have one that actually focuses and gives detail about where we actually are meant to adventure in. I'm hoping to run a Theros campaign in the near future, so I'm desperately hoping someone over at Campaign Cartographer or Cartographer's Guild makes their own better version of the Theros map because I'd love to see it.

Wow, I really thought I was going to be pleasantly surprised. Glad I asked the question and saved my purchase. Odyssey of the Dragonlords for the win then. They provided a gorgeous and inviting map.
 



Who's the cartographer? They might have improved/alternate version on their site.

And yes, the laminated maps at the FLGS are intended to be given away with the books. Doesn't look like those larger maps are going to be available everywhere or for always. And should also include a 50% coupon for I assume DDB.

 

The map is on one pg and is really, really weak. I got my copy about 11 AM today flipped through it and looked at the map which was nothing to praise.
 





Parmandur

Legend
Perhaps theres a reason for it that way. Maybe the setting is set up where there really is that much open space, IDK havent read the book yet.

The Setting as described is about the size of the Balkans, and the world beyond is "Here There Be Dragons" territory. Before this book, it was entirely unmapped, and was a cluster of locations described in card text and some stories. There are the cluster of civilized Poli, and a wild world outside. The map is not terribly central to the Setting as such...

For that sort of thing, Wildemount was pretty fantastic.
 

The Setting as described is about the size of the Balkans, and the world beyond is "Here There Be Dragons" territory. Before this book, it was entirely unmapped, and was a cluster of locations described in card text and some stories. There are the cluster of civilized Poli, and a wild world outside. The map is not terribly central to the Setting as such...

For that sort of thing, Wildemount was pretty fantastic.

Never played MtG so I have zero knowledge of Theros. Gonna peruse it a bit now. Ive been debating whether I should get Wildemount and Acquisitions Inc for awhile now and think Im at least gonna pull the trigger on the former. Maybe the latter sometime soon.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Never played MtG so I have zero knowledge of Theros. Gonna peruse it a bit now. Ive been debating whether I should get Wildemount and Acquisitions Inc for awhile now and think Im at least gonna pull the trigger on the former. Maybe the latter sometime soon.

Wildemount is really quite good (though I am biased as a Critter), and actually kind of an Old School throwback in a lot of good ways (like the giant poster map, and the Gazateer section).
 


I was critical of it before it came out, probably out of line, just as I was hoping for something more vintage but I've heard nothing but good things about it so I thought I'd give a shot. Im sure I wont run a campaign in it but I can use something out of it. Not to mention it was at a decent price, actually lowest Ive seen it in awhile.
 

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