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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thealmightyn

Villager
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.
I'm having trouble telling which book is which. The sci-fi looking book definitely looks fine because the spirals are only on part of the squares, but in some of them -- an example is the side-by-side of two circular-ish rooms -- the squares in which the spirals sit are most definitely part of the map. And the photo right above that one you can easily see that the squares covered by spirals are part of the map since there are rooms whose walls are perforated by the spirals.
 

Jediking

Explorer
A friend and I back a similar product (shown on ENworld a while ago) - Immersive Battle Maps by Yarro(w?) Studios.
Just used them a couple of weeks ago and the players were pretty happy when I pulled a double-page detailed map for a boss fight

these are great products, and gives cool ideas for climatic battles or adventure seeds
 

thealmightyn

Villager
A friend and I back a similar product (shown on ENworld a while ago) - Immersive Battle Maps by Yarro(w?) Studios.
Just used them a couple of weeks ago and the players were pretty happy when I pulled a double-page detailed map for a boss fight
I backed that Kickstarter as well, and the book arrived right on time for me to use the ship map for my party's encounter with a kraken. :)
 

Nebulous

Legend
I backed that Kickstarter as well, and the book arrived right on time for me to use the ship map for my party's encounter with a kraken. :)
I have purchased both the Yarrow and Big Battlemaps and are waiting for both. I will post my thoughts in more detail after they arrive.
 
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Nebulous

Legend
Well, I had both the battlemap books arrive in the mail today. At first blush, I like the Immersive Battle Maps better than the Giant Book of Battle Mats, but they are similar.



IBM comes as a heavy as crap coffee table hardback approximately 63 pages. It is very heavy, printed on thick hard card stock. GBoBM is a lighter weight (but still heavy) wirebound book approximately 62 pages. It is thinner than the Immersive Battle Maps because the paper is not as thick. Both are glossy dry erase material.

I do think the art for the IMB is a little better than the wirebound book. The images are a little crisper and more engaging, with less generic maps. The way the book unfolds it lays pretty flat.







The wirebound Big Book of Battle Mats is good too but feels slightly more generic than the former. There's maybe 10 sheets that are just blank terrain.







The Yarrow Studios Immersive Battle Maps I would have to say is a little better, but they are both useful. I do like the 2D tokens that came with the Yarrow maps, but I think the other ones have something similar. Both sets I believe also feature Sci-Fi maps (or will soon if not already).
 

Jharet

Explorer
These are pretty nifty. I just got my Big Book of Battlemats. They're very handy for DMs on the go.
 

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