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Ben Vincent
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I'm planning to order one of these poster maps soon, and I'm looking for some feedback on the different paper types that are available. I've seen some positive comments about the canvas, but I'm not sure I can justify the expense. For those who have order the paper maps, how do you feel about the matte vs. glossy finish and the quality of the different paper types?

I'm looking for a map to actually play on rather than mount for display (although that may happen too). And while I do have plexiglass available that can cover a map, my preference is not to use it.
 
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I got the cheapest, and it is great. I've shipped a number of maps, in that paper quality, around the world, and I believe everyone has been happy with it.

Everything I get from Zazzle I get in the cheapest, "poster" paper; and I've never been disappointed. More than adequate to my needs, even if I weren't using plexi over it.
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Yeah, the "cheapest" paper should be more than adequate for most normal play.

If you scrape the rockets along the routes as you move them or dig in with fingernails when picking up discs you'll start to see some wear, but you'd probably get that no matter which type you had.

I went with the semi-gloss for a 6'x4' copy that I keep on the wall ((it ended up being a little too big for my table), but a second copy that I use for actually playing is a 36x24 matte (which I got from Jonathan, incidentally) that I put in a $10 poster frame from Target.


One thing I did notice about the semi-gloss is that the texture of it feels like it could more easily "bleed" or smear if it got any moisture on it (even from sweaty fingers), whereas the matte is comparable to your standard movie poster and almost feels like it would hold up better long-term. (At the very least, it would be cheaper to replace later down the line.)

In either case, I highly recommend getting something to cover it while playing because it will last far longer that way.
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Yes. I highly recommend plexiglas, or rather the commonly sold "acrylic sheeting" findable at Lowe's, etc. Best gaming purchase I've made, second only to certain games. You can never have enough plexiglas ... !
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HuginnGreiling wrote:
I got the cheapest, and it is great. I've shipped a number of maps, in that paper quality, around the world, and I believe everyone has been happy with it.

Everything I get from Zazzle I get in the cheapest, "poster" paper; and I've never been disappointed. More than adequate to my needs, even if I weren't using plexi over it.


I just purchased the 48x36 with the cheapest paper. I was a little worried about the quality of it, but it is excellent. I'd recommend it.
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RogalDorn wrote:
HuginnGreiling wrote:
I got the cheapest, and it is great. I've shipped a number of maps, in that paper quality, around the world, and I believe everyone has been happy with it.

Everything I get from Zazzle I get in the cheapest, "poster" paper; and I've never been disappointed. More than adequate to my needs, even if I weren't using plexi over it.


I just purchased the 48x36 with the cheapest paper. I was a little worried about the quality of it, but it is excellent. I'd recommend it.

Yes. I have got scores of maps from Zazzle in their least expensive paper. Every one has been sturdy and has held up fine. I wouldn't pay more for more expensive paper—I'm very happy with their poster-quality paper.
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