After he sent me that text I admitted I had rarely seen in the RPG realms and something that admittedly, we probably all could use a little more of. How many times have you ran encounters in a shop, inn, magic store and never the thought crossed your mind how the players got there? I think he might be on to something here. So I jumped on the idea and through a quick map together for him.
Yeah, I did not like the sidewalk either.
I used this as a test bed to try out shapes, how to place the doors (top right there I drew it and decided I did not like that way and it was a bit confusing), styles for roofing and to get a general idea of how to layout it. I decided I wanted a higher view with more buildings. The idea of a GM having the bad guys running and ducking down alleys and in and out and around building as they try to evade the players....just sounded fun. Then the idea occurred to me that it would be possible to run an encounter ON THE ROOFTOPS!!! Hells yeah baby!
Anyway, I started from scratch, zoomed out a little to give Bryan more room to play (he originally asked for three maps, but I just did not have the time to pull that off) and tried to add some nice variation in there to keep the map interesting.
So, what do you think? Am I right that a handful of these would be useful? Should I make a few more?