Many years ago a member named Ambilzi began the tortured task of scanning all the A&A G40 game boards in order to create a printable one piece map file which would provide a better G40 gaming experience. He didn’t know it at the time, but what Ambilzi did was revolutionize the way we play Axis & Allies, he also provided an essential customization for any custom A&A game table. I was fortunate to work with Ambilzi simply because I reached out to him and made some design suggestions which he was very open to, and the list of those first modifications really tells the story. Sure I shared some ideas that made the map more efficient during games, but Ambilzi was the true pioneer when it come to the history of this file, because the effort he undertook to scan and stitch all those images together was incredible. We don’t hear from Ambilzi anymore, he doesn’t, won’t, or can’t return our messages… but his work should never be forgotten.
Since then, many have used his scanned image file to modify, tweak, and reinvent how it looks, and how we think the map should function. Whether we print this map for our own gaming pleasure, or to modify it and share our ideas with the community, we all owe Ambilzi a great deal of gratitude. Today we can enjoy even better works and map files by those that dedicate their time and skills to improve upon the original scan. Customizers like Cyanight who created many versions mostly dedicated to options for the roundels, Ithaut with his creative ocean layer, and intrepid who cleaned up many imperfections that only his professional eye could detect. We have also seen recently a new wave of customizers like Siredblood, and Tjoek who create their own maps from scratch, or scan and share map editions never before offered… no matter what these great costomizers do, and how many more will follow, one thing is for sure… the Axis & Allies community is blessed for all their efforts.