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D-Day Map with 600 Meter Hex Grid

D-Day Map with 600 Meter Hex Grid

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This is the 600 Meter Hex Grid version of my map of the D-Day beaches, the whole Cotentin Peninsula with enough terrain inland to cover the campaign from June 6 through most of July 1944... 

Make a custom Game Design to refight Operation Overlord!

This super detailed map is based on a Michelin 1947 road map of Normandy (which was sold to returning veterans) with 3 levels of roads, town blocks & names, rivers, beaches (low & high tide lines), gridded hexes or squares PLUS tons of info added: 20-meter contour levels, with capital ship anchorages (new in this edition!), naval gun fire range limits, forts, forests, swamps, drop/beach zones, bocage areas.

NOTE: the map itself is identical in all versions—the only variation is the shape of the grid and the size of the grid cells (and a no-grid version). Each hex on this map is 600 Meters wide.

The thumbnail "cover" image shows the whole map you are buying at the bottom and enlarged portion is around Pointe du Hoc. Now, that would make a great campaign game! Fight up the cliffs with a relatively small force then fight your way inland with less troop density.

How big is it? If you enlarge the map's scale to 1 kilometer per inch, then the full map would be just over 5x12.5 FEET in size. One assumes that most gamers will just print portions for a campaign series of games or reduce somewhat for a big-scale game like shown on Little Wars TV.

The map's actual size is 36.666" high by 90" wide and can be reduced or enlarged. When enlarged, the detail will not get grainy/fuzzy because it was drawn with "vectors" in Adobe Illustrator. The 3-4 Megabyte map file comes as a PDF which can be opened in the free program Adobe Acrobat Reader.

This digital PDF edition has more features and utility than my preprinted sections that I have sold hundreds of over the years. Bookmarks allow you to easily move around on the PDF map while zoomed in. Less expensive and more flexible than buying my preprinted versions. 

Save 35% now!

- Bill Owen, Game Design (co-founder of Judges Guild)

*I offer 8 map versions with different sized hexes and squares & one version with No Grid.

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Ben C December 05, 2019 10:45 am UTC
This is advertised in the FAQ as being useable in other publishing programs to rescale. It is not as they have password protected it. I contacted the company directly and they have not responded to this issue. To be honest I feel cheated as the FAQ clearly states to do this. I will be contacting Wargame Vault for a way to refund.
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bill O January 01, 2020 7:12 pm UTC
I'm sorry that it is not working the way you want, yet. I just realized that you had written a review. I did not Password Protect the file but perhaps Wargame Vault did. I will contact them.

In the original and latest version of the free FAQ I told how to rescale and I will be glad to see if I an help you if you let me know what program you are using—even Acrobat Reader will rescale. And the free full version of Acrobat (for Windows) that I linked in the FAQ gives other options like Cropping. If you import/place the file in a variety of programs it should rescale readily.

But if you need a special file type (like bitmap or EPS), let me know—I advise my email address to contact me in the FAQ and don't see anything in my Junk folder either from early December. Please write again and I will be checking Junk Mail also.
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bill O January 01, 2020 7:30 pm UTC
I just wrote to Wargame Vault to see if they will help me contact you to help. *

If indeed they locked the file, and you tried to open the PDF itself in Illustrator or full Acrobat then it would stop you. But if you insert/place the PDF as art/image in another DTP program I have never been stopped from rescaling even though I routinely get password-protected files. I can make a different version like SVG, AI, EPS, PNR, JPG etc. to help you out.

* Rather than wait for them, email me directly at the email address on page 34 of the FAQ.
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bill O January 03, 2020 8:29 pm UTC
It took a dozen or so emails to and back from Wargame Vault but it is clear that what I uploaded originally became "locked", password protected, by the Watermark process. So I removed the Watermark and uploaded a new version of each map. They files can be inserted or placed in DTP programs as images.

If you still have trouble with using their PDF with their preferred program (since I can't anticipate how each program handles images), contact me via the email in the free FAQ/Read Me file and I will make a format like PNG or JPG for you, free of charge.

Thanks to Ben C for alerting me to this glitch.
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bill O January 03, 2020 8:32 pm UTC
According to Wargame Vault, everyone who bought a map by January 3, 2020 should have received an automatic email notice about how they can download the new version free of charge. If not contact me. If buying after January 3, 2020 you have the corrected version.
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