I printed my Arnhem map yesterday, so i just need to run through the standard and exclusive rules and the game will be afoot!
I did quite a good job, as I had to print the map in four A4 sections, but even though I made sure that the print scales were identical on all four sheets, they still miss-matched at odd points :(
Still, they were only small and were only and few, and did not spoil the over map.
This is the first time I have done this, so future maps i hope will be better

The above picture is the center of the map where they all meet



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Comment by Roger Morley on July 28, 2010 at 8:56am
Hi Wayne,
Glad I could be of service....lol
But I have been purchasing again some old games I used to own and really enjoyed. This game was one of them, the other favourites of mine is Normandy and Napoleons Last battles, both by SPI.
I think my wife may well be filing for divorce soon, as she does not realise I will be taking control of the dining table..lol
Comment by Wayne Rotella on July 28, 2010 at 8:17am
OK Roger, curse the English and their undue influence in my life!!!!

I have tons to do at home this week and you go and show me this map. I actually own this game and have such great memories playing it as a youngster. Now I have to pull it out and play it again!

Please forward me your address so that I can send my divorce bill there. My wife just doesn't understand the pull these old games have. Not to mention my oldest wanting to learn all of the games NOW.

Seriously, thanks for bringing back great memories. Hopefully my son and I will create some new ones this weekend.
Comment by Roger Morley on July 27, 2010 at 5:48pm
There is a section in copyright law called fair usage policy. Although it is a bit of a grey area, it does given an individual the right to reproduce material provided it is not for financial or commercial benefit. maybe these laws have been tightened up, but they are on wiki, so it must be good!

Plus also, alot of the games that I like are 25 years old or more, the original companies have been bought over and the new owners do not keep copies of original maps, counters etc.

Flashpoint Golan was a good example. Made in 1991, no longer in print. I buy a copy off ebay and stupidly did not read the description when it said rules booklet was missing. So, where do I go to get a copy of the booklet?
Victory games are dead.
Any leads to the new owners of there material draws a complete blanks (and I tried 5 different companies!)
I go to BGG.....last chance is to email the designer as he is a member of BGG.
While i wait for his response, i post a topic on the forum, someone offers to scan and email me a copy.
Designer comes out of the woodwork and asks the person to send them a copy too. I don't think mark Herman, the designer, was about to start preaching sermons on copyright issues, since he needed a copy of the rule for his own game.

I agree with you on the print and play idea.
Comment by Roger Morley on July 27, 2010 at 5:11pm
Grumpy, i would say it is cost effective, especially against the prices they want for new games
Comment by Roger Morley on July 27, 2010 at 4:59pm
I tell you something....if you lose counters, maps or rules, or they get damaged, or you buy a game off ebay, like I did, with no rules, it is bloody hard to get replacements.
I bought Flashpoint Golan off ebay...it had know rules. I tried everywhere, eventually, thanks to BGG, I got intouch with the designer....he didn't have a copy. But a nice man there did, and even the designer of the game asked the nice man for a copy...so funny. If you want to see the transcript from the forum, I can send you the link
Comment by Roger Morley on July 27, 2010 at 4:49pm
Remember years ago when we all used to record our 12" albums onto cassette, so we could save ruining our 12" album and that we could listen to it in car. Was that infringing Copyright?
Comment by Roger Morley on July 27, 2010 at 4:47pm
Hey grumpy, if you live down the street from me, and i hand drew a map of Arnhem and superimposed hexes on it, and gave it to you for free.....is that infringement?
Comment by Roger Morley on July 27, 2010 at 4:43pm
I have sent 17 emails to Decision Games about being able to use something of theirs...have a guess how many replies I have had back from them....NONE...not even an acknowledgement!
Waste of time and effort, and certainly makes me glad i have never bought anything off them. Kuh, try to do the right thing and and i can't even get an automated email response from them...lmao...what a joke
Comment by Roger Morley on July 27, 2010 at 4:21pm
I have actually scanned this map from my own game, in order to use it for myself to avoid wear and tear on the original. I have NOT offered it to anyone in any shape or form. This is for my own personal use.
I will be doing this to all the other games I have, which I am 100% certain I am able to do provided they are for personal use. I will NOT be making them available to anyone else.
Comment by John Kranz on July 27, 2010 at 4:06pm
Just a gentle reminder to all to be aware and respectful to the copyright laws and current license holders of games when it comes to authorized printing rights. Digital products are typically only to be used and consumed for online play (such as Cyberboard, Vassal, etc), but such digital products unless denoted as "print-and-play" by the publisher and license holder do not allow one to convert a digital/online version of a game to a printed version.

If anyone is unsure of this, please contact the publisher and copyright holder directly regarding this. We don't want to create issues of publishers losing sales because digital/unauthorized versions of their product are being used for print-n-play format when they don't offer that outside the boxed game format.

Thanks.

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