Every Dungeon Master knows: when playing Dungeons & Dragons, there’s always another battle around the next corner. The players yearn for it (even if some never admit it)! Combat is why you play this fantasy roleplaying game – all classes get built with combat in mind. It’s safe to say, then, that combat is a crucial part of playing D&D.
There’s lots of ways to create a battle map, and one of the best ways is using The Giant Book of Battle Maps. This is a slick, wonderful product from Loke Battle Mats. This is a 62-page collection of drop-down views of potential scenes of action. Each page is A3 in size, a double-page spread of an environment waiting for an adventure to occur on it…
The book has a spiral-bound spine, meaning you can fold it in half, or lay it flat, without concern. Each design can easily fold in half and still function. The beauty of these graphic designs are that they work as well as a single page as they do a spread. The environments on offer range from generic scenes to others that are more specific. Regardless, they’ll act as perfect locations to host your session. They’ll also aid you in terms of dreaming up new locations.
There’s a subtle 1-inch grid overlay on top of it (the universal scale system for D&D; 1 inch = 5 feet). The pages are also laminated, so you can use a dry-wipe pen on them if you wish. Got a party of adventurers on your hand that tend to play in an unpredictable manner? Are they the type that wander into locations you haven’t planned yet? You won’t need to worry with The Giant Book of Battle Maps. All the hard prep work’s done for you.