Buying a large format printer to do custom maps...optimal size for maps?

jtbullet's picture
March 27, 2008 - 5:44am
Hi guys. I am buying a large format printer to do custom maps for games. What size do you think are optimal for maps? This will determine what size of printer I get. My choices are 17" wide and 24" wide. The price difference is double ($1600 versus $3200).
Thanks for your feedback!
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Corjay (not verified)
March 27, 2008 - 6:20am
For RPG's, you definitely shouldn't need to get larger than 17". If you are looking to make some money from it, though, go for the 24".

aramis's picture
March 27, 2008 - 6:50pm
My optimal map size is 17 x (22, 33, 44). Why? Because they fold neatly down to 8.5x11 (quarters, sixths, eigths), and thus are easily stored (and shipped) flat.

Your mileage may vary.

fallensaviour's picture
March 27, 2008 - 9:51pm
Ya I would say for sure 17".For personal use or gaming.Unless price is of no concern then go 24" as anything you wanted printed out on 17 you could trim and still have the option of 24 if need be.

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Full Bleed
March 27, 2008 - 10:24pm
At half the price, I'd get the 17".  You could always print out two halves of a map and put them together if you need something as large as 34".

If it's for producing professional/commercial product, the 24" will give you more options and suit a large clientele base.