Large Format Color Printing
Your RPG print shop specializes in affordable, large format color printing for your RPG gaming maps and other big sized projects. Whether a PDF download or your own custom map design created in any RPG map-making application Gamer Printshop is your best resource color RPG print shop services.
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Your RPG print shop offers optional large format b/w printing using a 36 wide laser printer. Though not in color, these laser prints will last longer, especially if you use our heavy duty lamination option.
Large format b/w printing is an affordable way to get large format products into your RPG games - consider an unlaminated 24 x 36 map is only $3
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RPG PDF product downloads preset to standard 8.5 x 11 letter size or 11 x 17 tabloid size maps, modules, books and accessories.
Your PDF products can be printed to standard 20# bond paper or 100# index cardstock, your choice. Offering optional lamination services for letter and tabloid print products as well!
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Do you have a drawer full of RPG maps you've collected from years of buying RPG products? Are they starting to show "wear and tear"? Don't you want your maps to last a lifetime of gaming? If you answered "yes" to any of these issues then you need to get those RPG maps laminated for permanent protection.
Gamer Printshop offers bulk map lamination service (posters too!) Bulk Map Lamination requires a minimum of 10 each 24 x 36 or 20 each 17 x 22 maps to qualify. Bulk price sample (20 each 17 x 22 maps are $2.20 each)
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Printing maps - how to do this affordably & with minimum headache?
aramis erak said:
Digital is worthless when you game away from your electronics.
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Electronics are useless, when you don't have your electronics....Well, I guess I have to concede that.
I use a lot of physical stuff...when I run games from home. My physical stuff if worthless when I game away from my physical stuff. I tend to game away from my physical stuff when I run games from from a friends home or a game store, because dragging a small library of books, plus paper battlemaps, and minis, and terrain pieces, and having to prep covers to hide unexplored areas, is more effort than it is worth it for m.
I am much more likely to have my electronics with me than physical items. I only have to remember my laptop and display. I don't need a checklist when packing for a game away from home.
If I'm going to play somewhere where I may not have good access to outlets, well, I leave my big display home. But I also leave the bulky, expensive, large-format-printed battlemaps at home. I just go back to basics and use the D&D Battle Grid with wet erase markers in a variety of colors.
It's also totally lame for trying to display a map for use with minis, unless you have a dedicated display table (either using rear projection or a screen under glass).
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Screen under glass is what I'm talking about. You don't need it built into the table. Actually, this was something I was worried about, that the extra height would make it harder to use/see. But the raised screen in the case has some advantages. For one, you don't have player materials spilling over the screen. Second, it provides more protection against spills. But mostly, I like that any flat surface can become a gaming surface. I can put it on a coffee table, a dining table, a gaming table at my FLGS, on the rug, etc.
I've used Office Max, UPS Store, and a local print shop for color laser output on 11x17" ... under $1 per side...
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11x17 isn't really what I mean by large format. That is still pretty limiting and you'd still need to puzzle a number of these together for larger areas, much less entire levels of a dungeon.
Larger gets into poster sizing... at over $10 per each... with many Office Max stores having up to 24x36 full bleed poster printing on-site.
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I recycled all my old printed battlemaps, but when I printed out all of the Curse of Strahd maps, which I bought from Mike Schley's site, a number of them were larger than the 48" x 36" SUBF-X Gaming Maps by Ceri Design that I would often lay them on top of. The fact that many of the maps are not that big also make all those different sized paper maps a pain to store and organize.
I'm running Rappan Athuk now. With over 100 maps, I'm sure I would have paid more to print them. If I had printed them, I would have spent a lot of money on areas the players may never see. Another problem with spending money on large physical battlemaps is you are going to make sure that the players use them.
I just don't see the case for large printed maps, either from a convenience or cost standpoint. I'm happy to be free of them.
If you usually use a Chessex mat or a dry-erase battle grid and you just a wan't the rare map for a set piece battle, then perhaps the $10 is worth it to print it. Otherwise, stick with the Chessex or get a digital display.
Picking The Best Canvas Size for Your Map
Many of us are familiar with the stress that comes when staring at a blank page. But, the decision of how large to make the canvas you are going to draw your masterpiece on can feel equally intimidating. After all, there’s nothing worse than finishing a project and realizing you need to make major modifications so it will print the right size.
When it comes to picking the best canvas size for your map though, there isn’t a one size fits all answer. There are several factors to consider and much of it depends on how the final map will be used. All of this can feel a bit overwhelming, but with a few simple principles you can pick the best size canvas for your map. Here are three things to keep in mind when you begin a new project.
1: Determine the Dimensions of the Map
Whether it is for a personal project or a client, the first thing you need to figure out is how big the final map will need to be. If it is going to be printed you want to determine if it will be a standard paper size like A2 (16.53 x 23.39 inches), A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inches), or something else. You don’t want to have to make modifications to fit a different size document down the road, so make sure you are sure you are working on the right size document before you begin.
Figuring out the scale of your map and how many miles it is from one point to another is another important element to determine before you begin a project. You can learn more about determining the scale of your map HERE.
2: Make the Map Bigger than it Needs to be
Once you determine what dimensions you need the final map to be, then you can scale it up to have the best quality possible when it’s finished. Even if the final map will only be on an A4 piece of paper, you will still want to make it at least double that size just in case you need to make a larger print down the line. You can always scale your work down, but you cannot scale it up without losing quality. This only deals with dimensions though, and I will touch on what resolution or dpi to use a little later.
If you are working on traditional paper it is still advisable to draw the map bigger than it needs to be just in case you want a large print to adorn the wall. This may mean purchasing larger sheets at a craft store and getting your map scanned by a professional printer. Or drawing on multiple standard sheets of paper, scanning them yourself, and stitching them together on your computer.
But...if you do work at a larger scale like this then there is a danger to keep in mind, which leads to #3.
3: Print Samples!
A very real danger of working on a high resolution document is when it's scaled down, certain parts of your map like the titles may no longer be readable. The perfect example of where this can happen is when you create a map for a book. Your map may look awesome when printed on a 16”x23” piece of paper...but once it is scaled down to fit inside a paperback, everything can become muddy and unreadable. This is why it is extremely important to do test prints as you work and save yourself from having to do major revisions down the line.
If you know that your map is going in a book and will only be 8”x 4.5” on a page, then make sure you do a test print on your home printer in those dimensions. Or if your final map will be printed on some larger like a 20”x30” sheet, you can just print sections of the map at full scale to see how it looks. Every printer is a little different, but this will go a long way in taking a lot of the guess work out so you aren’t disappointed when you get your final print.
What if it Prints Too Dark?
Another common problem is a map may look bright and clear on your tablet or computer, but once you print on a regular piece of paper it often looks much darker. The reason for this is your screen is by default set brighter than it should be so that everything looks light and vibrant. Unfortunately this causes problems if you are trying to create art for print. A map will look much different on a bright, back lit screen than it will as ink printed on top of a sheet of paper.
One thing you can do to overcome this problem is to turn the overall brightness of your screen way down, probably by half. It will feel weird at first but trust me, your eyes will adjust. But if your map is already done and you’re ready to print, then it will just be a matter of playing with some adjustment settings in Photoshop, Procreate, or whatever app you may be using. Usually, for me it is a matter of increasing the brightness, lowering the contrast, and lowering the saturation. Your experience may very and you will likely have to do several prints before you are happy with the result.
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What About Resolution or DPI?
Resolution or dpi (dots per inch) is one of those things that is important, but feels complicated when you try to get a simple answer. Essentially, dpi is a somewhat archaic term used for printing as it determined the number of dots a printer would make within a square inch. Obviously, the more dots meant the more detail.
The industry standard for printing is 300 dpi, which should generally be the target when creating a map. But, if your tablet can’t handle a large document at 300 dpi, you generally can get away with 200 dpi and still get a satisfactory print.
A Good Target
A good target document size is usually somewhere around A2 at 300dpi, and then you can modify the actual proportions based on the project. Anything larger than that if you’re working on an Ipad and you may have to break it up into several documents and stitch them together later on a computer. But, most maps won't need to be any larger than this so it's a good size to keep in mind.
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For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.
For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
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Fantasy Map Poster Prints
Fantasy World Maps offers a truly unique addition to any home or office. Perfect for anyone who loves fantasy or cartography themed items.
Though done in a Lord of the Rings style, these maps should resonate with fans of Game of Thrones, The Witcher, DnD and World of Warcraft.
Choice of Poster Media:
Standard Poster - Ideal for indoor applications that demand superior image quality. A high-performance, resilient 195gsm photo-realistic poster media that features water resistance without lamination.
Self Adhesive Poster - FabriTac self adhesive poster media will stick to any non-porous surface such as walls, windows or doors. It is removable and repositionable time and again without leaving any sticky residue behind, just like a Post-it® Note.
Matt Fine Art Print - Natural white, 210 gsm watercolour paper that has a slightly textured matte surface. This alpha cellulose fine art paper, made using the fourdrinier process, is acid and lignin free which means it has good archival qualities.
Custom Game Cloth Map RPG Printing Service
Like the old saying goes, good DMs draw, great DMs print. If you’ve spent countless hours painstakingly crafting a world for your fellow RPG players, then why not take your gaming to the next level with a premium cloth map? Send your adventurers a-venturin’ with the aid of some high quality digital prints on durable cloth maps to accompany them on their way.
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- 10-01-2013, 01:21 PM#1Guild Applicant
- Join Date
- Sep 2013
printing out a poster sized map at Staples.
I'm planning to visit staples later this week and print out a poster sized gridded map for my D&D game. I haven't picked out a map yet though. Perhaps someone here can direct me to a good choice.
This is mostly an experiment to see if we will enjoy playing on a large, single image map rather than modular tiles. I would like a map that is versatile enough to be used numerous times in different scenarios. Maybe a dungeon with lots of rooms, a town with numerous small shops, a cavern system, etc. Can anyone recommend a specific map that will continue to be fun and useful for a while?
What resolution is good for printing at 24" x 36"?
Has anyone done this before and perhaps offer some tips or hints?
- 10-01-2013, 02:02 PM#2
- 10-02-2013, 08:33 PM#3Guild Journeyer
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- Jun 2010
I would suggest a dungeon map whose layout is semi-modular so that it can be customized by application of a few tiles atop it, or alternately several variously shaped rooms with labeled exits Instead of connecting hallways. In my experience, 300ppi is best for printing.
Also, if you are going to get it laminated (a very wise decision) you could do a generic floor tile pattern and add walls with an erasable marker.
- 10-05-2013, 03:51 PM#4
- 10-06-2013, 02:59 PM#5Guild Novice Facebook Connected
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- Apr 2013
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I didn't know Staples did that. I've actually had some success with large print outs by going to my local blueprinting shop in town (I live in Santa Cruz, CA). They scanned my already existing poster board drawing into a digital file and then later printed out my altered, revised digital file into a poster print hard copy. I was a very satisfied customer.
- 10-06-2013, 04:58 PM#6
- 10-09-2013, 11:49 AM#7
I run Gamer Printshop which is an RPG Map POD shop for gamers and publishers, since April 2007. I have a large format inkjet printer for sizes up to 42 in x 10 ft to paper, photo-stock, vinyl and other. I also offer 36" wide by any length lamination and ship worldwide. I've done many maps for guild members, publishers and more and have shipped throughout Europe, South America, and North America.
Though I'm spending more effort doing map commissions and publishing, but I still do printing.
- 10-16-2013, 02:36 AM#8
- 10-16-2013, 12:47 PM#9
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