The following review was originally posted at Roleplayers Chronicle and can be read in its entirety at http://roleplayerschronicle.com/?p=29639.
Sheriff’s Office is a simple map depicting a simple building from an era where many buildings looked simple inside. If you want to match the western theme properly, then doing so requires lots of wood, open spaces, and simple decor. That’s what you get with the Sheriff’s Office map, a wonderful depiction of a western-themed sheriff’s office that really captures the look you would think of when picturing the interior of a western building.
Sheriff’s Office is a multi-part map set in that you get the battlemap, a Virtual Tabletop image-only, and a 360° flash file that gives you the ability to look at the interior from a 3-dimensional perspective. It truly is a complete package, even if you don’t need all of it.
Sheriff’s Office is a great western-themed battlemap with a good collection of holding cells, desks for the sheriffs, and a back room for whoever is spending the night. It has an excellent design in terms of the textures of the wood and is very convincing in terms of representing a western building.
Publication Quality: 10 out of 10
Sheriff’s Office is a fairly small map and is broken up appropriately across its pages. This set does include the VTT and 360° versions as well, giving you additional options besides just the battlemap. All in all, it matches the standards established by DramaScape on all previous maps.
Visual Appeal: 10 out of 10
This is really where the Sheriff’s Office map stands out. The wood textures are phenomenal and extremely varied across the whole piece. This gives the building a very natural look instead of using wood textures that look forced or are too cartoon-like. The map is also designed in that old western simplistic style whereas there isn’t a lot of furniture or clutter and everything is properly in its place and has a purpose.
Desire to Use: 10 out of 10
If you’re running a western game or one with a western theme, this is an excellent map to add. There’s an endless number of NPCs that can end up in those cells and this could become the main stomping grounds for the PCs if they are acting as the local lawmen. Either way, it makes a great location to add to your western town.
Overall: 10 out of 10
Sheriff’s Office is a map with a definite purpose, and does that purpose quite well. You could use it for other means, but the design wavers outside of being used as a sheriff’s office. Thus if you are running a western-themed game and need a sheriff’s office, this is a definite must-have. Even if you don’t need a sheriff’s office, you can use this map to stage some type of important encounter as the big villain sits idly within a holding cell.
[5 of 5 Stars!]