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Duane Fields
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I'm frustrated by the fact that the game's maps are really too small for even a small flotilla of U-Boats. Likewise, most of the sea space is covered up in text so that your U-Boats are always in the way of the contact table and so forth. And of course, the English Channel is impossibly small.

Inspired by the maps provided with Silent Victory (a game I'm looking to buy a copy of by the way, if you've got one) I'm taking a stab at redesigning the U-Boat Leader maps with the following goals.

- Easy to read all the things you need
- Plenty of space for U-Boats, including in the channel
- Looks a bit more thematic
- Fits in the box
- Equally nice printed at home, or on full color coadstock

Here's my first pass at a scenario for "The Battle Begins"

This is a low-resolution thumbnail



You can get the full resolution (designed for 8.5x11) here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/j43m6uvljnp9w7j/the_battle_begins....

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pu32123npw2eh0b/the_happy_time.pdf...

Appreciate the feedback!
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Michael Heyd
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Great work. Thanks!
If you are frustrated about this map... please let me know what you think about the Gato Leader maps.
 
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Great work!

I also see plenty of optios for custom content (custom campaigns etc.).
 
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Wow, the Gato maps are even worse - they look terrible. I mean, why even bother with a map if it's covered in text that you have to read while you are on the map?

I guess some people don't mind, but this lack of elegance and lack of polish is really telling.
 
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Added the first two scenarios... Note that you still need the player aid for special missions, setup, etc. But most of your moving and patrolling information can be found on the map.
 
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Really nice ! Thanks !
 
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Vance Strickland
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These look really nice. Well done!

Maybe you could work in a background that looks something like the Kriegsmarine grid map...

http://anjns.home.xs4all.nl/subsim/kmgridlarge.jpg
 
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I agree about the Gato maps Duane...I'm glad that GMT/Consim have raised the bar for wargame components. DVG not so much.

I was thinking about using as a backdrop:


Someone else did custom Gato maps already, but they're a bit over-stylized for me. I like something cleaner more like Silent Victory.
 
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