Review: Rite Publishing – Amphitheatre (Fantastic Maps)

Fantastic Maps: Amphitheatre
Amphitheatre is the next battlemap from the Fantastic Maps series designed for use with The Breaking of Forstor Nagar with cartography by Jonathan Roberts and published by Rite Publishing.
By Aaron T. Huss

Amphitheatre is the next battlemap for The Breaking of Forstor Nagar adventure also published by Rite Publishing. It features an amphitheater carved into the ice. The theater is round with four sections of seats surrounding an open arena with what I believe is a podium, but not one for a speaker, rather one for someone about to be fed to the lions. Not literally, but that’s what it sort of looks like. That’s about it, there’s only the amphitheater on this battlemap, just as the title says.


If you are running The Breaking of Forstor Nagar, then buying Amphitheatre is a bit of a must-have to assist your game. For those running urban adventures or campaigns, adding an amphitheater can be a great way to spice up your city and I recommend using it as a good-looking centerpiece.


Publication Quality: 10 out of 10
Amphitheatre follows the standard level of quality set forth by previous Fantastic Maps publications. There is a color and black-and-white version included along with illustrations without the grid. The battlemap is divided well amongst the multiple pages of the PDF with overlap making construction nice and easy.

Visual Appeal: 9 out of 10
Amphitheatre is a simple battlemap, but the shadowing on the seating really stands out. It does a great job of showing the different levels of the seating through the use of shading and shadowing. For such a simple battlemap, it’s extremely obvious where everything is situated from a 3-dimensional aspect.

Desire to Use: 8 out of 10
Amphitheatre obviously has a very purposeful use in The Breaking of Forstor Nagar adventure. But outside of the adventure, it would make a excellent small arena for various purposes, especially if you were a nobleman speaking to your people. The only thing I see as a drawback is the large openings between the seating sections, making the amphitheater too open. Otherwise it can make a great centerpiece in your city.

Overall: 9 out of 10
Amphitheatre is a good battlemap. If you have a large city, especially something fashion after Rome or Constantinople, having an amphitheater could be a great addition for the city’s citizens. Just think of all the gatherings that could be done in a formal location.

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