Suggestion: grid should go under walls and furniture. I like your avatar.
Hello all, Just trying my hand at a little Tavern/Inn for my gaming group. I'm "hoping" to go for a bit of an antique hand drawn style.
Just starting, so.. yeah. No labeling yet, and as this is my first toss at this; I'm more or less just winging things at the wall to see what sticks.
Any suggestions are obviously greatly appreciated.
Yeah... I noticed that right after I post this, the grid was not quite what I was hoping. Changed it to overlay and it looks a bit better. Moving it beneath as you suggested improves it yet again.
Thanks much for the avatar compliment. I enjoy doodling, though like everything I do it's a constant WIP.
More suggestions: in most cases it is not clear what the objects are supposed to represent; for example the tables (?) in the booths (?) in the lower-right have bold lines top and bottom but not to the left, which might be representative of.. unclear. Another issue is your stairs - I love your minimalistic style and pared back palette but it takes a few moments to work out which way is up, which is not ideal in a playable encounter map.
TIP: if you are going for a "hand drawn" look.... stay away from PERFECT lines.
Inconsistencies are the norm in real hand drawn stuff.
Your tavern looks old style but has the perfection of a draftsman!
That being said NICE JOB! I love the parchment and ink look you have.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Having created a few taverns and inns in my life I can say that this looks great. The layout is very nice and the style is fantastic. I would agree with the comment that it looks a little too "perfect" but if that's your style and you (and your players) like it and can use it for what it is intended for then it's a map. Great job.
Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
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Looks great I like the paper and ink a lot.
Have you tried just putting the grid under the rooms, and not one the whole page?