You all know how much I love maps and terrain. Let’s now talk about these awesome and detailed maps made by Arcknight.

I’ve been making some map reviews lately, and that’s because:

  1. They’re great accessories that can be used over and over again
  2. Maps make your players say “wow” and give them creative ways to solve a problem
  3. They make your players become more engaged with the game (they stop them from looking at their phones!)
  4. They can turn a boring combat into a very memorable one (especially if it’s some kind of “boss combat”)
  5. Adding maps saves YOU prepping time
  6. Combining maps with 3D terrain is wonderful (just take a look at the pictures in this post!)

Why should YOU use maps?

The less time you spend creating content, the more time you can invest consuming content.

Well, basically I just stated the main reasons. But, as a dungeon master, your job is to:

  1. Let your players try anything (reward their creativity with Inspiration), like using the candle on the table to start a fire.
  2. “Force” your players to make tough decisions, like pushing the enemy off the bridge, instead of killing it hit by hit.
  3. Describe the world and environment, like the color of the walls, the spider webs that have been there for ages or maybe how dark and lonely the night seems to be.

Maps are awesome accessories that let you do all this faster and better.

Why?

Because they provide a nice visual representation, bro.

An image is worth a thousand words.

The best way to teach something to someone is using visual representations. Imagine not using media resources or even a blackboard when teaching something to children… they would be (even) more confused!

What is Arcknight?

Arcknight is a 2-man hobby-turned-business that creates awesome, innovative & high-quality roleplaying games products.

If you have read my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide then you already know about the quality of their products.

Their company started with a successful Kickstarter in 2013 that got funded for $17K and after that, they’ve made 6 more Kickstarter campaigns!

BUT, let me tell you

They’re NOT your typical RPG accessory company. They specialize in double-sided-transparent-plastic-printing.

Sounds cool, huh?

What they do is not “cool”. It’s friggin’ AMAZING. Just take a look:

Arcknight Maps

Although I already have maps from Maphammer and Paizo, I decided to get a map set from Arcknight called “Extras Pack”.

I was definitely happy with my order.

Maps are vital to your campaign and our friends at Arcknight know that.

The “Extras Pack” comes with 8 double-sided pages, that means you get 16 modular maps that can be mixed with other map pieces and reused for virtually infinite times.

Contents:

  • Colosseum: 4 map pieces (2 complete colosseums)
  • Ship: 4 Double-sided ship maps (2 full ships)
  • Graveyard: 4 combinable map pieces (you can create 2 separate graveyards or mix all the pieces to make one large graveyard)
  • Highland House: 4 combinable map pieces (2 full houses + 2 front yards)

*Each map piece measures 17″ x 11″

When this post was published, they had a whopping array of 14 map sets! Check them out HERE

Arcknight’s maps are designed having in mind every dungeon master’s needs. They deliver products with great quality.

In addition, the maps are available in different styles: square grids, hex grids or gridless. Pick whichever you like the most.

I was really surprised when I received them because:

  1. The maps are laminated: wet and dry erasable!
  2. They come with a plastic portfolio/case to store and protect them
  3. They arrived really fast to Peru (so they should arrive even faster if you live in the US)

I can not stress how much I liked this product. The maps are awesome and I definitely will be getting more, so you might be seeing more map reviews 🙂

Markers

Well, you know that if you’re going to use maps, you’re going to need markers! Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you 😉

My favorite markers are these Expo ones! They offer a great value-price ratio and provide useful colors.

EXPO Vis-a-vis wet erase markers

You get a pack of 8 different colors that will last you a long time and they don’t cost that much. They’re not required but can be helpful!

You get can FREE SHIPPING with Amazon Prime on these markers!

Final Verdict

Value Rating
Performance ★★★★★
Price-Value Ratio ★★★★★
Product Quality ★★★★★
Overall Rating ★★★★★

Arcknight Maps are really what you’ve been looking for 5/5. A must-buy if you want to expand your collection.

  • Performance: 5/5 – Resistant, offers replayability, is combinable with other brands.
  • Price-Value Ratio: 5/5 – Normally for $20 you get 2 map pieces, in this case, you’re getting 8 for $30 ($3.75 each map). Unbeatable!
  • Product Quality: 5/5 – Detailed, laminated, come with its own protective case.

 

If you’re the type of dungeon master that likes to run tactical combats, design cities, and scenarios and use 3D tokens or terrain and miniature to level-up your sessions, then this product is definitely for YOU.

These guys at Arcknight know what they’re doing.

I totally recommend this product! Any new dungeon master or player who wants to start using maps and miniatures on RPG campaigns must get this.

If you are like me and want to save time and start playing, or just wants to expand his/her map collection, this is what you’ve been looking for!

 

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Written by DM Alex

My name is Alex Vigil (you can call me DM Alex) and I’m an economist who has always loved writing articles, editing pictures & making videos (if it’s D&D-related, even more). I live in Lima, Peru and can speak both English and Spanish. I’ve been playing D&D for 7 years....
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