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Meshon
05-01-2013, 01:25 PM
"We're the Malvagios. We own this neighbourhood."

Southwest of the palazzos and villas where the children of the ruling elite indulge their hedonism, north of the canals that bring goods to the Commercio district, and just past the quieter end of the bustling Piazza Mercato where the city trades its goods lies the Vicinato Spavento, a quiet little neighbourhood of closed doors and shuttered windows. A few citizens of the city know this as a place to come to get things that can't be found anywhere else. Farina Malvagio sells bread and pastries that rival anything the nobles are eating. A few of her special customers know about the back room and the small but expensive "spices" she sells there. What makes her flour so wonderful? Old Cibo Malvagio's shop usually has good cuts of meat at surprising prices and if you come after dark he might be able to dispose of some spoiled meat for you. Off the main road the more daring visitors find Tesoro Malvagio's Banco which always seems to have the most interesting and rare trinkets on its tables. No point in asking where they come from, Tesoro never tells. Those with more secretive needs might find the Sicarios nearby, a close-knit band of Malvagio brothers and sisters who can make particular sorts of problems disappear. Permanently.
Not long ago the Magistrate Avaro, concerned that some of his own missing property might be for sale at Tesoro's, sent his personal guard in to the neighbourhood to take back what was his. Sadly Avaro has fallen on hard times lately, and his guards have not been seen since the night they took their swords to Vicinato Spavento.

I might be pushing the rules for this challenge a bit, so if a family with criminal leanings doesn't fit the bill, do let me know. I'm going to use this as an opportunity to try out some mapping techniques that I need to get sorted.

This is just my rough layout in Illustrator before I start pulling layers over to Photoshop to make it look like something. I also get to try out one of my variant cobblestone brushes!

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Diamond
05-01-2013, 11:25 PM
This is a cool idea. I think it fits right in with the spirit of the challenge.

Meshon
05-02-2013, 01:40 AM
I'm pretty embarrassed but I managed to get the month wrong. This was supposed to be an entry for the current challenge. I really tried very hard to get everything right in my post. Probably I tried too hard! Not sure if it can be changed, but either way, I'll keep working on it!

:?

cheers
Meshon

Bogie
05-02-2013, 08:21 AM
No worries, one of the CL's can change the title for you. Keep at it, this is interesting.

Diamond
05-02-2013, 11:40 PM
Shows how observant I am; I didn't even notice the month... :D

Meshon
05-04-2013, 10:19 PM
Not much has changed, but a little progress on the tiles. I really did myself in trying to have a bunch of narrow streets that also change elevation. Well, this was supposed to be a learning experience and I'm learning that sometimes simple is good!

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cheers,
Meshon

PS: If a kindly soul could fix my embarrassing mistake with the months in the post title I would be ever so grateful!

Diamond
05-05-2013, 12:10 AM
Looking good! I really like that brick pattern in the streets. Although, was it intentional to have the canal water show through?

I changed the thread title, but it only shows as changed for me in the thread itself, not on the main subforum menu... *runs to get help from big brother CLs*

edit: never mind. Figured it out.

Meshon
05-06-2013, 02:37 PM
Looking good! I really like that brick pattern in the streets. Although, was it intentional to have the canal water show through?

I changed the thread title, but it only shows as changed for me in the thread itself, not on the main subforum menu... *runs to get help from big brother CLs*

edit: never mind. Figured it out.
Thank you for the fix! As to the canal showing through... yeah, I'm going to make some sort of bridges for those two spots but I haven't quite sorted out what those will look like yet. The canal also will need some work and I think I should probably add some doors...

cheers,
Meshon

Meshon
05-08-2013, 02:24 PM
Making bits of progress here and there. Ideally this map would have a bunch of different levels, but I'm going to try to get all the important things onto one flat plane that represents two height levels. The section of the map north of the main street is mostly one level above that street, inspired by old cities that followed existing geography rather than flattening everything for more regular building.

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cheers,
Meshon

Bogie
05-08-2013, 11:46 PM
Looking good

Meshon
05-10-2013, 01:10 PM
Messed it up some. Mess is good. I like mess.

I'm hoping I will get a chance in the next 48 hours to finish this map! It has the mess, now it needs to look lived-in.

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cheers,
Meshon

Edit: I noticed a couple spots where the mask on my debris layers needs some cleaning, but I'll take care of that for the next update (crosses fingers and hopes for time!)

anomiecoalition
05-10-2013, 01:30 PM
This is really cool. Are you going to fill in all the buildings with objects or just a few with the rest having a roof? (the former sounds like a lot of work and the latter would probably look cooler anyway - i.e. having the buildings along the edge with different roof lines and associated shadow - making the viewer focus on the 2 central buildings where all the action is).

Meshon
05-10-2013, 02:20 PM
This is really cool. Are you going to fill in all the buildings with objects or just a few with the rest having a roof? (the former sounds like a lot of work and the latter would probably look cooler anyway - i.e. having the buildings along the edge with different roof lines and associated shadow - making the viewer focus on the 2 central buildings where all the action is).
I think that is a really good plan. Thanks for the suggestion. I was originally planning more than one layer for the map, the uppermost being roofs, but I think your idea is the best way to produce a functional battlemap.

cheers!
Meshon

Bogie
05-10-2013, 02:43 PM
looking good. I like the idea of interior floorplan for the main buildings and roofs on the others.

Meshon
05-12-2013, 12:38 AM
Roofs! Wow, the roofs are harder than I thought. I really see now that I should have all my buildings square, fitting clay tiles together in weird angles is hurting my brain. Yep.

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I tried to build my own clay-tile roofing but I might just grab some textures and see how those work, I've found a few candidates. But it's time for bed.

cheers,
Meshon

Meshon
05-13-2013, 06:08 PM
I had a prof during my undergrad who used to say, "An essay is never completed, only abandoned at a reasonable point." So too with maps? Thanks for the suggestion to roof a number of the buildings, it was fun to figure out a way to do it that I liked. And thanks to all the artists at the Dundjinni forums for all the bits and pieces that decorate the building interiors!

The Vicinato Spavento

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"We're the Malvagios. We own this neighbourhood."

Southwest of the palazzos and villas where the children of the ruling elite indulge their hedonism, north of the canals that bring goods to the Commercio district, and just past the quieter end of the bustling Piazza Mercato where the city trades its goods lies the Vicinato Spavento, a quiet little neighbourhood of closed doors and shuttered windows. A few citizens of the city know this as a place to come to get things that can't be found anywhere else. Farina Malvagio sells bread and pastries that rival anything the nobles are eating. A few of her special customers know about the back room and the small but expensive "spices" she sells there. What makes her flour so wonderful? Old Cibo Malvagio's shop usually has good cuts of meat at surprising prices and if you come after dark he might be able to dispose of some spoiled meat for you. Off the main road the more daring visitors find Tesoro Malvagio's Banco which always seems to have the most interesting and rare trinkets on its tables. No point in asking where they come from, Tesoro never tells. Those with more secretive needs might find the Sicarios nearby, a close-knit band of Malvagio brothers and sisters who can make particular sorts of problems disappear. Permanently.
Not long ago the Magistrate Avaro, concerned that some of his own missing property might be for sale at Tesoro's, sent his personal guard in to the neighbourhood to take back what was his. Sadly Avaro has fallen on hard times lately, and his guards have not been seen since the night they took their swords to Vicinato Spavento.

The Malvaggio family has lived here for generations. Despite a few semi-legitimate family-run businesses, most of what goes on here are things the family would like to keep from public view, and so they guard their privacy jealously. Every dwelling is connected through underground passageways constructed during the family's long residence in Spavento, and provides them a way to rally and surprise intruders should anyone visit their neighbourhood looking for trouble. Each street into the neighbourhood is watched day and night through cunningly-hidden arrow slits, and the watchers always have crossbows close to hand. And of course, everyone, from the eldest grandmother to the youngest cousin, knows that in times of need a handy weapon can always be had at Tesoro's shop. He loans his wares to family for free. An assault on the neighbourhood will have to run a gauntlet of flying darts before they can even reach the streets. Once there they will face a coordinated attack from the soldiers of the family, skirmishing and then disappearing into the shops and homes, only to reappear behind or at a flank a few moments later.

One place the Malvaggio's don't watch are the canals, and with good reason. They are stinking cess-pits. Occasionally Cibo the Butcher finds them handy for disposing of certain cuts of meat, but no one in their right mind would dare use them as a way to sneak into the Vicinato Spavento! Would they?

cheers,
Meshon