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    Wip Hovels WIP

    Well, not everyone can be rich, so it is time for me to whip up some poor people's houses just in case your party is chaotic evil and feels like beating up the disadvantaged. Everyone has been so helpful with my maps so far, so here are the hovels for critique and comments. For these, I am mostly wondering if there is anything 'missing' (objects, structural features, a particular 'look,' etc.)
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    They aren't doing too bad, looks like they actually have beds instead of cots or just sleeping on the floor. Does look pretty small though which seems about right. You might want to make the walls look a bit crappier with some gaps stuffed with straw or something but that's just going beyond. They look really great.
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    Just the kind of tip I am looking for! Thanks Jax.

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    Guild Artisan Aval Penworth's Avatar
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    Another low cost building material that was used in some parts of the world was straw bales, sealed and covered in a render inside and out. The straw acted as insulation too. The walls were 2-3 feet thick, which might make an interesting visual effect on your maps.
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    Maybe lose the colors on the on beds. Dye is for rich people. Also maybe add some holes or patches in the blankets. Maybe a small garden or something for subsistance. Nice otherwise

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    I usually imagine a hovel like this as having a single room, or maybe only a small pantry. The hearth is likely to be the only source of light and heat, so it is usually in the living area, and food prepared there rather than having a separate kitchen. The table would be used for food prep, eating, and evening tasks like mending. It's possible there might be a different room for sleeping, or possibly just a curtain to divide the room so Mom & Dad can have some privacy from the kids.
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    Jax and Midgardsormr - I think you're right, these guys aren't really that bad-off, are they? Maybe I need to make another couple houses for the folks who are really, really poor.

    Revells - took your advice and made the lighting a little more tangible.
    Jax - I made the walls crappier, took the straw stuffing advice.
    Xyll - added some mothholes.

    Awesome advice, guys!

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    Where do they poop? (Maybe a shared outhouse?) They've also got a lot of space between buildings. Someplace to keep coats/jackets in the summer. Even if they can't afford more than one set of clothing, they'll have good weather gear they won't wear all year. Maybe a rag doll or wooden toy in a corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdanhenry View Post
    Where do they poop? (Maybe a shared outhouse?)
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