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Dungeons & Dragons Fantastic Locations: Fane of the Drow is the first of a series of accessories featuring maps suitable for use with the Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures game or with the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game.
Fane of the Drow features four 16”x22” maps printed on thin, glossy paper. It also includes a booklet with special rules for using the maps with the miniatures game and encounter scenes that can be dropped into any role-playing campaign. Each of the maps is featured in one of the scenes. The descriptions include enough detail to run the encounter, but together they are too short to form an entire campaign.
The maps included are;

Mithral Mines: This map is of an abandoned mining area. Details include storerooms, cave-ins, and a sacred circle. This map is tournament legal. This is one of my favorite tournament maps because it provides several choke points where your beaters can protect your support units. The web of passages can provide some flanking opportunities. This is not a popular tournament map so you can sometimes catch your opponent off guard.

Drow Enclave: This map features a large summoning circle in the center of the map surrounded by multiple smaller rooms representing the living quarters for a community of drow. The open area causes more problems than it provides opportunities limiting the skirmish usefulness of this map. This map is tournament legal.

Fane of Lolth: A statue of the drow goddess Lolth towers over a bloodstained altar at one end of this map. Passages for worshippers to enter the temple line the edges of the map and lead to supporting rooms containing cocooned victims for sacrifice. This map is tournament legal.

Tomb of Queen Peregrine: This map doesn’t seem to fit with the spider theme of the rest of the pack. The adventure associated with it is also not part of the larger story told by the others. The map is pretty open with few details save for a couple of sarcophagi and some pillars. The main thing that distinguishes this map is that it is legal for Epic tournaments. Be careful, the sight lines are longer than you think that they will be.

I have enjoyed using these maps for skirmish play. They are pretty enough to find a place at the RPG table as well, but unless you plan on making this site a recurring venue the cost ($14.95) may be prohibitive for this use.

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