Basically, I needed a nice big deck plan of a paddle steamer for one of the scenarios I'm running on Saturday, and ended up making my own as a Windows Draw file, which prints out three pages long. After some messing about I managed to turn it into a PDF, a couple of hundred K in size - since it was drawn with a vector graphics program, it converts into postscript very easily and stays small. The messing about was mostly because Adobe kept crapping up the fill patterns when I did the conversion - in the end it turned out that the free PDF Creator program did it just fine.
The quality is sort of OK, but it's a bit of a rush job so not quite as good as I'd expect from a professional product. It'll look pretty good if I reduce the size and use it to illustrate the ship, rather than using it as a deck plan scaled for use with figures. It's basically a stretched version of the ship here with longer fore and aft decks. I really wanted something a little earlier, with sails as well as paddles, but couldn't find pictures of anything that seemed suitable with sufficient detail and both a plan and elevation drawing - also making the sails etc. work would be a sod.
I'm tempted to put it in at the end of the RPG with the cardboard figures and cutout dragons, but since I'm not entirely happy about the quality, and fixing it would be a LONG job and not something I can honestly say is high priority, maybe it would be better to have it as a separate file and just mention that it can be downloaded if people want it. I'll probably have to do that anyway for the HTML version of the game, a bitmapped graphics version would be a couple of megabytes. It might also be more useful for other purposes if it's a separate file, people could basically use it for anything that needs a paddle steamer.
Anyone got any thoughts?