The Dungeon Book of Battlemaps

This dropped through my letterbox yesterday, kindly sent to me by the publisher -- Loke Battlemaps' latest creation, The Dungeon Book of Battlemaps! I am a massive fan of their Giant Books of Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Cyberpunk Battlemaps, which are enormous spiral-bound tomes which can be opened up and laid flat. This one is a more modular approach to the same concept. I thought I'd show a few photos.

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Here's the set -- two books (Volume 1 and Volume 2) each containing 40 maps. A smaller book containing 40 pages of corridors, stairs, jail cells, and other smaller areas, and several sheets of re-useable scenery and furniture which can easily be stuck on and peeled off.

Here's some example of the interior of the large books. As you can see, you can open them out just like the Giant Books of Battlemaps to lay them flat on the table in order to make a larger map. With the two books, you can choose to lay them next to each other to make even larger maps. They're generally fairly modular, so you can pick and choose.

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This is an example from the smaller book. This one's a bridge across some lava, but the book contains various corridors, stairs, bridges, and so on.

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And then you get these sheets of scenery. As you can see, there are webs, doors, chests, holes, treasure, pentagrams, beds, traps, cauldrons... all sorts of things. These are "static climbs" and are designed to stick to any laminated surface, and can be peeled off and re-used easily.

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Here they are in action -- I've stuck four of them onto this map -- the treasure pile, the hole, the broken pillar, and a web.

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I'm really a big fan these things. I loved the Giant Books (those are twice the size of these) which come in there flavors -- Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Cyberpunk. I especially get use out of the latter two, which are harder to come by than fantasy maps, generally.

Talking of the Cyberpunk book, I don't know if the Giant Book of Cyberpunk Battlemaps has been released yet, but the Loke folks kindly gave me a copy of it while at Dragonmeet last month. It's perfect for my Judge Dredd games - as I mentioned, near-future or modern maps are harder to come by, so this will get a lot of use at my table. Here's a quick look!

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Edit - UPDATE! I spotted this shared on Twitter by SirDanteDhoom - -it shows a whole much of the Dungeon Maps laid together in modular form!

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Russ Morrissey

Comments

dbm

Explorer
These are fab, mine arrived just before Christmas. I order the new double set, plus two of the small books. Here they are with the previously bought Giant book:

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DWChancellor

Kobold Enthusiast
I have something similar from another publisher. Very useful. I like that you can just bust these out for whatever is going on. Building in my Dwarven Forge takes too long for free-form sessions.

Tried to pre-order but website doesn't seem to be working for me... =(
 
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DWChancellor

Kobold Enthusiast
Not sure where you are having issues. But, from this link, I was able to add books to my cart and begin the checkout process. I didn't complete the checkout however:

Figured it out. Huzzah!

The link is fine. If you try and add multiple copies before the cart (i.e. write a 2 and then click pre-order) it won't add to cart. Add one copy to cart, and then update there.
 

EthanSental

Adventurer
I got in on their Kickstarter and just got the Pdf for use with fantasy ground. Haven’t used them yet in a session but they look great on the tv.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Just ordered Giant Book of Fantasy and Sci Fi. These look neat. I already have a bunch of Paizo maps and these seem comparable. Smaller maybe.
 

thealmightyn

Villager
The only, and probably minor, problem is the number of grid spaces that are overtaken by the spiral. Not a huge issue, but it would have been nice to not have to deal with that. Honestly, I would have preferred a book whose pages you just detached to end up with a stack of separate maps.
 

Richards

Adventurer
The only, and probably minor, problem is the number of grid spaces that are overtaken by the spiral.
Judging from the photos, it looks like the squares directly next to the spiral are full squares - in other words, the spiral doesn't take any squares away from the map. You just have to use some imagination to pretend the squares on either side of the spiral are in fact right next to each other. It likely wouldn't come into play unless you were using a bunch of spiral books all at once and some of them were placed perpendicular next to the top of another book such that the "extra space" of the spiral doesn't allow the squares of another book to line up nicely.

Johnathan
 

Hurin88

Explorer
I emailed them to ask if they might do a hex version, since I play games based on that standard, too. It’s not currently on their roadmap, unfortunately.
I asked their vendor at GenCon too. Hopefully they change their mind sometime!
 

TheSword

Explorer
Best thing I ever did was buy an A3 colour printer for about £100 and a A3 laminator for about £15. The quality of maps these days means they can be scaled up in word quite easily. You can even use images and the ‘remove background function’ to superimpose the equivalent of stickers.

That said, these books are handy for those emergency sessions where people go off piste and you don’t have time to prepare.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Best thing I ever did was buy an A3 colour printer for about £100 and a A3 laminator for about £15. The quality of maps these days means they can be scaled up in word quite easily. You can even use images and the ‘remove background function’ to superimpose the equivalent of stickers.

That said, these books are handy for those emergency sessions where people go off piste and you don’t have time to prepare.
Probably worthy of its own thread, but did you shop around a lot before picking a printer? I'm don't have access to one anymore at work, and print shops charge an arm and a leg, it might very well be worth it to shell out $200-$300 for a quality printer that can spit out large maps. I hate cutting and taping small ones. Some of the big maps it was like 25 sheets of paper. UGH.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Best thing I ever did was buy an A3 colour printer for about £100 and a A3 laminator for about £15. The quality of maps these days means they can be scaled up in word quite easily. You can even use images and the ‘remove background function’ to superimpose the equivalent of stickers.
Also, how big a sheet is that? I don't know anything about paper sizes really.
 

TheSword

Explorer
Its rare that I’m running a battle more than 2 sheets of A3 that’s 22 sq x 16 sq or 110 feet x 80 feet. A standard Paizo Matt is almost the equivalent of 4 A3 pages. I also find A3 is the largest size I can comfortably transport flat. Laminating then means I can use them over again and also draw on them with markers.

I have also experimented recently having a slightly smaller scale so 20 x 14 squares. We use minis so it can be a squeeze if there are a lot of models on but the grid helps it all make sense. I tend to do that when using a published adventure and the map size means I’d have to use more A3 pages than I’d like.

I used amazon and went for recommended, high starred laser a3 printer 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

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