Grasshopper’s Map File Collection

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    GRASSHOPPER’S MAP FILE COLLECTION

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    The following posts and links are for those that wish to print an Axis & Allies map file for their gaming experience. Customizers that have put in countless hours of work creating these files deserve your gratitude… especially if their work has benefited you in some way. On the other hand, there are customizers (which will not be named), that have expressed an unwillingness to share their work with the community. These aforementioned people does not include anyone who has created their own map file from scratch, and have every right to distribute it how they wish. However, those that have refused to share their work, only emphasizes the appreciation we should have for those that do. I have provided in this thread below some free downloadable files from a few generous community members, but this collection only represents half of what’s theoretically available, and I have only provided the most up to date versions of those files.

    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 customizers do, and how many more will follow, one thing is for sure… the Axis & Allies community is blessed for all their efforts.

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    TJOEK’S AXIS & ALLIES 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION MAP FILE

    A&A 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION DOWNLOADABLE MAP FILE…
    https://app.box.com/s/094095xwmg3tyre2ykvepj6mnhhietq2

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    ADDED FEATURES & MODIFIED ENHANCEMENTS

    • Scanned the brand new boards in multiple files in 400 dpi resolution
    • Stitched the 9 best files per board in a graphical editor
    • Combined the 3 boards into one map and photo-shopped the borders between the 3 boards
    • Retouched some stitching misalignments
    • Retouched the largest dust particles and printing errors on my map
    • Enhanced the colours and contrast
    • Reduced scanning noise
    • Added a 1/4 inch white boarder
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    INTREPID’S AXIS & ALLIES 1940 GLOBAL 2nd EDITION MAP FILE

    INTREPID’S G40 MAP FILE:
    https://app.box.com/s/7lhsu0pofd6wrkojty7h35abz0s3tx18

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    ADDED FEATURES & MODIFIED ENHANCEMENTS

    Intrepid’s ideas and designs with Ambilzi’s scan

    • Clean up original scan (shifted territory lines, distorted territory income numbers, creases, scratches, etc.)
    • Replace all roundels with new artwork (OOB designs except for Pacific UK see below)
    • Make two border corrections for better clarification in and around Canada
    • Make Bessarabia slightly bigger to fit more units when needed
    • Make sea zone 110 slightly bigger to fit more units when needed
    • Adjust light and dark levels of all color profiles for more vivid overall color (big difference)
    • Remove the stroke of the “adjacent sea zone” text for cleaner visibility
    • Reconnect better sea zone borders in sea zone 10 and around the Panama Canal
    • Repair Iwo Jima so that it is no longer upside down
    • Remove combined arms chart, game play chart, and research & development charts
    • Remove turn tracker from the middle of the Indian Ocean
    • Remove attack and defense numbers on the battle board in favor of dice face graphics
    • Label Attacker and Defender center columns on the left and right of the battle board
    • Make the battle board two tone colors for easy verification of Attack and Defender sides
    • Remove the “or less” text graphics on the battle board making more room for the icons
    • Swap the AA Artillery icon on the battle board for something more suitable
    • Place Union Jack roundels on all United Kingdom Pacific territories (Cyanight credit)
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    DON’S AXIS & ALLIES 1940 GLOBAL 2nd EDITION MAP FILE

    DON’S G40 MAP FILE:
    https://app.box.com/s/5uch71vrfe3omdyl1hcazwh65jsc4b3d

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    GRASSHOPPER’S 3G40 TOURNAMENT EDITION MAP FILE

    YG’s 3G40 TOURNAMENT EDITION DOWNLOADABLE MAP FILE:
    https://app.box.com/s/t6yiewdzor4m55d4boqqary12kj7n7r1

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