This weekend, I decided to take on another quest to put my university's resources to good use before I no longer have access to them. I'd been thinking for a while that I should use our poster printer to make some sort of battle map or game board, but I wasn't sure what to print. Lately, I'd become intrigued by how nicely the layout of the map from the original Legend of Zelda would work as a gridded battlefield, so I decided to give that a try. Here's the 36" x 48" result:
(Presley's just there for scale. I guess. Honestly, getting in the picture was mostly her decision.)
I put a grid of thin white lines over it to divide it into (roughly) 1-inch squares. (Apologies for all photography from here on out...I need to figure out how to take better closeups of minis...)
It certainly didn't come out perfect, as you can see by the line crossing over the right side of the dark "doorway" pictured below...and the white lines are tough to see on some of the lighter terrain...but overall, I'm pretty darn happy with it!
Now, I just have to figure out what to do with it. It's actually been a while since I've had much use for a battle map divided into 5-foot squares. I know I could use it for an RPG or minis game that doesn't need a grid, but now that I've gone to all that effort...maybe I can put the squares to use.
Hmm. I haven't played HeroClix in a really long time, and while the squares are a bit small compared to Clix maps, it would probably work okay.
I'm thinking it would be a perfect battlefield for the old 3.5-era D&D miniatures game. (I never actually played that in a head-to-head fashion, but I did use some of the stuff in the Miniatures Handbook in regular D&D. I liked it quite a bit!) Maybe I can do some sort of hybrid of D&D Minis with OSR rules...taking some cues from the game I play with Lego...? There have to be some cool Zelda or not-Zelda miniatures out there. Heck, some basic Greenskins would probably work as Moblin minis (though they should maybe become Blueskins):
If I had started this months ago, I may have gone to the effort to print up the whole dang map from The Legend of Zelda. That could be a hell of a campaign!
Now, to see if I have access to a university laminator...