The review from 2011 appears to be for some other product, or the writer didn't understand how to use Layers in Adobe Reader. This is an outstanding value. While the map of the ship itself is not particularly large (in 'player character' terms) the quality of the artwork is very good, with simple and clearly understood designs. The fact that you can turn various items on/off (via Layers) means you can create multiple variations of the same ship map with a few clicks of your mouse. If you are looking for a nice generic small ship for a small group of adventurers, this is a great choice.
To use the Layers feature:
- open the file in Adobe Reader
- use the drop down menus to select View > Show/Hide > Navigation Panes > Layers
- look at the list on the left side of the screen and select the map tile you want to modify/print (Main deck B.pdf, etc)
- click on the little + sign to expand the list and show the layers available for that particular map
- check the boxes to show whichever version you want to see (a little eyeball fills the box to indicate you can see that layer now). Use this to turn on/off masts, hatches, the background water, etc.
- Once it looks the way you want it to, go to the File > Print menu and preview/adjust the print to the size paper you are using, then print it out.
- Laminate it yourself or take it to Kinko's (etc) and have a professional do it for a few bucks. Permanent, durable map tiles!
This was my first FDG purchase, and I am very pleased with the value I got for my money.