Monday, August 27, 2012

Review of Banners On The Cheap

Of course, I love my maps, just as any good gamer does. I've sketched, traced, painted, and designed map after map for RPG campaigns of all types. So when I was approached by the folks at Banners on the Cheap, who felt their service could be used for gamers looking to have their map and prop designs printed, I decided to give it a shot.

Basically, the Banners folks allowed me to upload an image via their site, and have it printed out on a vinyl sheet of my choice of size. I had a few sketches of campaign worlds I was working on, but ultimately I wanted to go with something full-color, that would prove a challenge for their services. 

Since I was looking at running an alternate history game set in the years right after the American Civil War, so I went with the 1867 Mitchell map of the United States. It's full color, with plenty of small detail areas. In addition, it's in the public domain, so there were no copyright issues to worry me.

The cost at checkout for a 3' by 5' vinyl printing with grommets (for wall hanging) ended up at $27.88, which was pretty good compared to local print places I checked (our local ship here would have been at least $40 for something comparable.

The quality was high, and I have to say whatever machine they're using for their printing really does a nice job. I was very pleased with my experience, and if there's a Game Master or gamer out there looking for high-quality printing for their cartographic creations, I would spare no time in recommending Banners On The Cheap


Jeff M said...

So where is a pic of your banner?

Zachary Houghton said...

Let me see what I can do to get a photo up for it!

rjbs said...

Cool, I'm looking forward to seeing it! I had my last big map printed at and it turned out pretty well:

That's on glossy heavy stock, though, not vinyl.

In retrospect, I wish it had been a more visually interesting map. :)

LS said...

I am thoroughly amused by how closely your opening paragraph mirrors my own, from when I was asked to do this.

"Like all good game masters, fantasy cartography is dear to my heart. I’ve been making maps of worlds and dungeons since I was a small child. Not good maps, mind you. I lack any semblance of artistic ability, but I always enjoy seeing an environment grow and come to life. Role playing games have given that little hobby of mine new dimension, as I actually get to see others explore my worlds, interact with them, and provide them with a depth and context that I could never create on my own. Often, as my worlds take on more epic proportions, I wish I had some way to immortalize them. I once spent a month re-drawing an entire world by hand, then laminating it, just for that purpose."

Great minds, right?

Alvin said...

Thanks for such an interesting article here. I was searching for something like that for quite a long time and at last I have found it here.

Realmwright said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I have just emailed them to see about printing a few of my own. Great, now I have to come up with more wallspace...