It has been a crazy week and I’ve not had any time to sit down and work on anything new. That should change starting today (although I have the next Frontier Explorer next looming over me still). But that doesn’t help for today’s post.
As such, I thought I’d round up all the Star Frontiers maps and counter scans that I have and make them available at one central location (namely this post). Some of these were up before and I took off-line a couple of years ago when WotC had us put the Frontier Explorer on hiatus. Others are ones I’ve done for myself or others over the years. Many of these are linked from various places around the but I’ve never really made a centralized directory.
Let’s start with the counters. I have scans of both the Alpha Dawn Counters and the Knight Hawks counters at a number of different resolutions. You can download the ones you want to use. Most of these are saved as .PNG files which is a lossless compression format, as opposed to JPEG which is lossy. That means that the files are going to be fairly large, especially at the higher resolutions, and that you get all the detail from the original counters.
I’ve never really scanned in the AD counters. I found a good scan of them years ago and have always just used those. One of these days I’ll get around to making my own scans from like-new, unpunched counter sheet that I have. But until then, this one is quite good.
- An older scan (by someone else) stored in JPG format (400 DPI – 2.7MB)
- Full Sheet – 100 DPI (1.3 MB)
- Full Sheet – 200 DPI (5.4 MB)
- Full Sheet – 300 DPI (16 MB)
- Full Sheet – 400 DPI (23 MB)
- Full Sheet – 600 DPI (46 MB)
I’ve also made a zip file (1.1 MB) with all of the KH counters (and a few of the AD ones) cut out at 100 DPI that you can download. Additionally, you can get the individual counters from that zip file (and a link to the file as well) on this page.
That’s all the counters. Over the years I’ve done a number of maps as well. Some of them are already linked and shared here on this blog. Others, mostly recreations of the original maps from the game, I’ve posted in various locations around the web as I’ve created them.
First, let’s look at a couple of scanned maps. Namely the cover maps of SF0: Crash on Volturnus that give the deck plans of the Serena Dawn and the surface map of Volturnus. I have both of these as either PNG (full resolution) or JPG (smaller size).
- Serena Dawn – full – PNG (3.8 MB)
- Serena Dawn – full – JPG (492 kB)
- Volturnus – full – PNG (3.9 MB)
- Volturnus – full – JPG (607 kB)
I have scans of the Port Loren map from the Alpha Dawn rules and the station map from the Knight Hawks rules but I’ve also created remastered versions of those which are much better. We’ll look at those below.
I also have a scan of the Frontier Deployment Map which is the outside cover of the SFKH1: Warriors of White Light module and is used in the Second Sathar War strategic game from the Knight Hawks Campaign Book. This one is just saved as a JPG.
- Frontier Deployment Map – JPG (360 kB) – Roughly 100 DPI
Finally, I have the two halves of the Zebulon’s Guide to Frontier Space map of the Frontier. I never actually stitched these two together. These are stored as BMP (bit map) files, another lossless compression algorithm. I don’t think I did the original scans and don’t remember where I got them from.
Let’s look at my remastered maps. These are maps that I’ve recreated as original digital creations. Most of these maps were created as scalable vector graphics (SVG) files and then exported as PNGs at 100 DPI which was more than enough resolution for what was drawn. I can always re-export them at any resolution I want.
Let’s start with the big maps. These are all 50 pixels to the square and two squares to the inch. These are faithful recreations of the original maps matching colors, fonts, shapes, etc. as close as I could get them.
- Port Loren map – (990 kB) – This is the big poster map from Alpha Dawn
- Station map – (1.68 MB) – This is the big station complex on the back of the space map from the Knight Hawks set.
- Station Commercial – no cut (1.7MB) – This is the left half of the station map including the bit of the zoo area cut off by the diagonal zig-zag.
- Station Residential – no cut (175 kB) – This is the right half of the station map including the bit cut off by the diagonal zig-zag.
- Port Loren Starport map (539 kB) – I created this remastered version to match the same colors and styling as the original Port Loren map, but the design of the map was done by someone else, whose name I can no longer find. If anyone knows the original creator, let me know.
Those are the main maps on the two posters. I’ve also done some of the smaller maps from the posters as well
- Town map – (16 kB) – this was used for “Slave City One” from the module SF1: Volturnus, Planet of Mystery. I actually recreated it for an adventure we published in issue 1 of the Frontier Explorer.
- Assault Scout Deck Plans – green (26 kB) – This is from the Knight Hawks poster map and is a remastered version of the original assault scout deck
- Assault Scout Deck Plans – blue (29 kB) – The same as above but blue.
- Knight Hawks battle map – black on white (40 kB) – A computer generated hex grid matching the KH battle map, including hex numbers. This one is black lines on a white background
- Knight Hawks battle map – white on black (40 kB) – Same as above but with the colors inverted.
Finally, I have a set of maps that were created by Tom Verreault. One is a remastered version of the mountain terrain map from the back of the big AD poster map. The others are an expanded area that connect the first one and then a big map of all four together as a single file.
- Mountain A map (31 kB)
- Mountain B map (39 kB)
- Mountain C map (45 kB) – this is the original from the AD map
- Mountain D map (32 kB)
- Full map (81 kB) – The four maps above combined
I hope you can find these useful. I probably have a few more that I’m not finding at the moment. If I do find others, I’ll update this post or make another one. I do have a number of other image and logos I’ve created over the years. I considered adding them here but decided they really deserve their own post so look for those in the future.
Some day I plan on remastering all the terrain maps from the back of the AD map but I’ve just never gotten around to it.