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Larb
06-28-2012, 10:40 PM
I never intended to make this map really. I've been working on my antira-related series of maps and the town I have come to making is called Lyreton. It consists of a bridge and castle and town. I have done three versions of it now and dislike every one (I may post them at a later date as "generic" towns). In my frustration I decided to make a town of Vesper while I think of how to approach it. I usually have a couple of different projects in the works at any given moment which allows me to hop between them and stops me getting bored or really frustrated.

This is Vesper City as it appears in UO. Being an island-y city, it's sorta interesting in terms of layout. I decided to go with the palette I used on my Skara Brae map.

Phlimm
06-29-2012, 02:02 AM
The look is interesting but there are no actual houses, just businesses. Is there more to this map elsewhere? This would certainly make stumbling home after a night on the town very challenging! :P

cfds
06-29-2012, 03:48 AM
Wouldn't people just live above/next to their shops? In a medieval setting every man has his "own" business, there were no factories and office towers (I might be willing to make an exception for the tanner, the tannery should not be the same as his shop and flat :P).

Seraphine_Harmonium
06-29-2012, 04:53 AM
It's still unlikely that there would not be any buildings that were only houses.

And that font on the map, it's pretty interesting, but impossible to read if you don't know what it says beforehand. Otherwise it looks like Amskmr, or, if one happens to be knowledgeable in runes, you can get as close as "Aesker." But I can't see anyone being able to look at that and see "Vesper."

Hai-Etlik
06-29-2012, 06:31 AM
And that font on the map, it's pretty interesting, but impossible to read if you don't know what it says beforehand. Otherwise it looks like Amskmr, or, if one happens to be knowledgeable in runes, you can get as close as "Aesker." But I can't see anyone being able to look at that and see "Vesper."

The Ultima games use a modification of the Futhorc runes that swaps some runes and adds some new ones. In the "Sosarian" runes, that really does say "Vesper" and most reasonably avid players, at least of the single player games, can read it without much difficulty.

Larb
06-29-2012, 06:23 PM
What Hai-Etlik said. =P Basically the "target audience" so to speak would be familiar with the runes.

Regarding the house thing, yes Vesper in UO has no pure houses (although in U7 it did I think, I can't remember). Many of the cities were designed that way now I think about it but I suspect it's partly for gameplay reasons.

Lyandra
06-29-2012, 08:21 PM
Awesome stuff as always Larb. :) The layout of Vesper looks indeed very interesting. I also like this particular colour palette very much.

Hai-Etlik
06-29-2012, 08:25 PM
Regarding the house thing, yes Vesper in UO has no pure houses (although in U7 it did I think, I can't remember). Many of the cities were designed that way now I think about it but I suspect it's partly for gameplay reasons.

Yes U7 had houses and schedules for NPCs. So they would be at their businesses during the day, would go home or to the pub in the evening, and then sleep through the night.

rdanhenry
07-01-2012, 07:20 AM
A town with all housing over businesses would be unusual, but not impossible. Not every place could be like that, but pretty much every shop would have a residence above it, and many craftsmen... maybe the tanner here has no sense of smell. It makes for a quick commute when you just have to walk downstairs to your business.

tilt
07-01-2012, 12:55 PM
great work Larb, I like the colors and houses.. however all the houses are at the same angle, which would be rare especially when they are on different islands :)

ruff
08-19-2012, 01:25 AM
Excellent map.. Love the houses.. I am curious how you did them.. I am currently working on a city map at the moment for a small town in my campaign.. Any help would be appreciated..

Larb
08-19-2012, 06:59 AM
Excellent map.. Love the houses.. I am curious how you did them.. I am currently working on a city map at the moment for a small town in my campaign.. Any help would be appreciated..

I wrote a tutorial that is in the Tutorials Forum that explains my techniques.

ruff
08-19-2012, 10:41 AM
I wrote a tutorial that is in the Tutorials Forum that explains my techniques.

I found it around 1am last night and it was the reason I stayed up til almost 4am lol.. I used your technique to make several brushes, I really appreciate the tutorial.. :)