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0one's Blueprints: The Abbey $1.95
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0one's Blueprints: The Abbey
Publisher: 0one Games
by Jeffrey J. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 10/03/2010 15:40:17
Øone games is one of the companies that have really taken to the PDF technology, and give you something that actually has functionality that would be impossible or next to impossible in a print product. This product uses PDF layers to let you choose square, hex, or no grid, as well as whether or not to print things like room numbers and furniture. You can even turn off the wall fill to save ink. The map has simple and clean line art - the Abbey overview map would not look out of place on the inside of a TSR module cover.

The Abbey is a large-scale product (not a battlemap), consisting of 7 letter-sized maps showing a walled medieval abbey complex high in the mountains. The walls enclose a dozen buildings of the sorts you would expect to find in such a place: cloister, chapel, church, refectory, bell tower, etc. This particular abbey is also prepared for pilgrims, with its smithy and stables; for scholars with its large library; and can act as a hospital with a sizable infirmary in times of plague or war. The layout is definitely reminiscent of actual medieval monasteries, so should you have need of such a building in your game, this is a simple and inexpensive way to map it. The only thing missing that I can see is a scale for the map: from the sizes of furniture I would guess that it's 1 square = 5 feet.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
0one's Blueprints: The Abbey
Publisher: 0one Games
by Mark S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/15/2010 21:29:33
This is definitly a five star product. The price to gaming value ratio is almost unbelievably high, even when compared to 0one's other excellent products in the Blueprints line.

What you get is six maps depicting the (ground floor only) interiors of six large abbey buildings. In addition, you get another 8.5 x 11 map that shows the whole abbey grounds. There are no wasted maps, such as depictions of natural cave squiggles or dungeons. That makes The Abbey a larger product than the other files in the Blueprints line, but at the same price.

Liked: For less than two bucks you get either the basis for a campaign (based in an isolated abbey that might be run by paladins, martial artists or the traditional medieval monks) or one excellent adventure location with lots of room for monsters to hide and horrible evil to lurk. Plenty of room, in other words, to kill stuff and hunt for treasure. You don't have to use the maps as a set. You could use each map as a distinct building....six distinct buildings. Not bad. Not bad at all!

Disliked: It seems logical...and even obvious...that the exterior views of the buildings should have been individual maps as well, allowing gamers to tape together an exterior map of the entire abbey on the same scale as the interior maps. Why this was not included is a mystery, since the maps are already there...just in 1/6 the size they ought to be. Perhaps a photocopier might blow them up to the correct scale...? This too-obvious feature should have been included. What was it going to cost? Pixels?

Even with this quibble I have no qualms in rating The Abbey at five stars. The Abbey gives me more than one night's worth of high-quality gaming, and a fine foundation for my own campaign ideas. 0one comes through again, reinforcing their position as the kings of pdf game value. You will not regret buying this product.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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