From: Melbourne Australia
ORIGINAL: Dave Briggs
Sounds like a lot of work though pasting those stickers to those blocks.
And I'm so happy to say that thanks to a kind tip over at the game's Consim World forum I found a solution to the flimsy map problem - the "Battlelore" game by Days of Wonder offers a mounted map to the exact scale and perspective of CCA - in actuality its hexes may be a millimeter or two if at all off.
So on a trip to my famous local game store just now, there on the shelves was something called the "Epic Battlelore Adventures on a Grand Scale Map". I grabbed 2 and am so thrilled with this purchase. The map is classically hard-mounted in every respect but as a surprise, double-sided. One side offers the full CCA map to the exact hex count, the reverse offers the chance to butt two maps together for a grand panorama.
Between CCA and Hannibal, I reckon I'm now completely sated in gaming terms for a while
Sidenote: Funny thing is, it looks like GMT has listened to its customers and learned the error of its ways. CCA Expansion Packs 2 and 3 will come with mounted maps now. But goodness me, skimping on the customer is a sure fire way to ruin a reputation. It seems I was not the only one to spend $140 AUD equiv on two CCA titles and find between them, a shock at a solitary game map of cheap, cardbaord that wouldn't sit flat out of the box.
Valley Games, Udo Grebe, Phalanx Games and Days of Wonder are really setting the trend for board war game art, quality and components today. GMT is seeing this with the need to release "deluxe maps" for its past games. A real challenge to PC gaming companies too. Moral - don't screw with the paying customer, it's our money, not yours.