Today Wizards of the Coast releases their first foldout battle maps in their new Map Pack series: Haunted Temples. Providing high-quality maps, the new release is compatible with all Dungeons & Dragons editions, and are designed to use with D&D miniatures.
Map Pack: Haunted Temples is a new release from Wizards of the Coast. Containing three double-sided 21" x 30" high-quality battle maps, featuring 1-inch scale grids they provide six different encounter locations for Dungeons & Dragons.
The Map Pack is a completely new series from the publisher, starting with this release. All of the Map Packs will contain three double-sized map (as Haunted Temples do), with the following distribution : four maps are from currently unavailable out-of-print products, while the other two are completely new designed for the new release.
The new maps are designed by Christopher Perkins, and he detailed the design process on wizard.com in a Design & Development article. Jason Engle did the cartography for the reprinted maps, and rendered the new maps as well, making a very good work with the project.
There is already two other Map Packs are planned this year after Map Pack: Haunted Temples. In July they will present Map Pack: Vaults of the Underdark, and in the end of the year Map Pack: Shattered Keeps will be released. As I write this article, currently none of the later products appear in Wizard's product catalog.
To give a glimpse on the new product, here is one of the new maps (a haunted chapel with cemetery), taken from the design article :
As a Game Master I think we can't have too much maps, and $11,95 for six 21" x 30" seems a very reasonable price.
Zoltán "Cain" Mészáros