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    Medieval City Atlas - Fantasy Floorplans $7.99
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    Medieval City Atlas - Fantasy Floorplans
    Publisher: Dreamworlds
    by Alastair M. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 04/02/2016 10:39:00

    By comparison to some of the other Dreamworlds products, I found this disappointingly routine. The map is certainly attractive enough, albeit at a scale far different to the typical form most would think of as a "floorplan". It also follows in virtually identical style, and not dissimilar layout, to the first great fantasy RPG city, Judges Guild's "City State of the Invincible Overlord" from 1976. However, the text descriptions here provide far less detail or imagination than that 40-year-old work. While the background notes are for the typical form of pseudo-medieval setting favoured by many fantasy RPGs still, there is too little evidence of the magic and fantasy such settings really need to me. However, a GM prepared to put in a LOT of work could doubtless make this city their own, and the map is certainly attractive enough to help in that.



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    Medieval City Atlas - Fantasy Floorplans
    Publisher: Dreamworlds
    by Sandra W. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 06/24/2013 03:38:40

    A superb product that is bound to be of great use to DM's everywhere. This is a fully realised map of a medieval style city wherein each and every building has been designated as to its purpose - I really like this aspect of the map, it takes a lot of hard work out of city design. Illustrations are in black and white throughout meaning printing it won't cost a fortune in ink!

    Also included are notes on the socio-political/economic structure of the city (very much reminded me of historical Venice), random tables for determining a building's residents and an exhaustive list of potential street names that the DM can assign as s/he sees fit.

    Without question this product is generic enough to be slotted into any campaign with a minimum of fuss, yet there is just enough background given to ensure that Gorglis has a "personality" on which you can build.



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    Medieval City Atlas - Fantasy Floorplans
    Publisher: Dreamworlds
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 06/16/2013 12:49:17

    Conjuring up a typical mediaeval city layout, here's an entire township to explore. Whilst it is given a reasonable background should you wish to use it, the actual maps are left unlabelled - save for generic indications as to possible use for each building - so if preferred you can drop it somewhere suitable in an existing campaign world. It does need to be built around a river mouth, fairly flat with forests and fields beyond the city walls, otherwise it can go most anywhere.

    The suggested name for the place is Gorglis and it is supposed to be quite a haven for thieves and other urban rogues. Cramped twisty streets, houses and businesses jumbled up together, and more open areas where the rich have their palaces, courtyards with wells or fountains and more set the scene for a teeming environment where both rogues and more honest entrepreneurs can thrive. Divided into 'quarters' - distinctive areas rather than actual geometric ones - there are shipyards and other nautical establishments near the sea and on the river banks as well as areas for rich and poor to dwell. Various temples are scattered throughout, as are a wide variety of businesses (although I'm a little concerned at the juxtaposition of an undertaker's shop and a butcher!). Livestock markets (complete with stockyards), even a menagerie and theatres... and a Doge's Palace for whoever's in charge.

    If you are installing the entire city 'as is' there are several essays describing the governance, buildings, docks, trade and more so you can plonk the city down and run it with little effort. There are even lists of inhabitants (mostly described by trade rather than named) that you can use to detail who is around for your characters to meet on the streets or in their homes and places of work. As a bonus, there's a collection of street names which you can apply to the city streets, which have been left unnamed.

    This is a comprehensive mediaeval-style city in copious detail that should prove a joy to visit or run urban adventures through the streets.



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