Man, this thing is so full of errors. It really needs q complete overhaul. I know the Trolls mentioned doing this, but I don't know if it was ever done. Also, it doesn't do anything for those who already own the book.
I just browsed through it this morning yet again. I can't seem to get into it for some reason. I think perhaps overall there is a low modularity factor which wasn't his calling card back in the day. I cannot visualize Conan the Barbarian in this. The end of the renaissance is the feeling that I get perhaps Solomon Kane would feel more at home here. But I never seen anyone create a Solomon Kane-like D&D game. That said the minutiae layout of the town are a good start. Which is what I expected from him. What I'd really like to see is this campaign world "devolved" into a state that is a darker age that would be more fitting to my aesthetic. Perhaps a revision is at hand to bring it down a notch.
That said, I've bitten off a lot of gristle with my "city" development! So it is an understandsably daunting task.
Here's a cheap preview of my "rough map" the mega-sized one is mounted downstairs in "The Dungeon" (which was declared a federal disaster area by FEMA last week as this neighborhood had severe flooding. My D&D stuff is okay though!.) Here's the rough that I work from over my desk:
I haven't announced the name of it yet but I have said this name before. This is the city that I used in the 80's but now I'm giving it the professional treatment with its own "world" that consolidates all the adventures and projects that I've done and working on into one whole.
I think I had the same reaction as Gene at first, in that this city has a very Renaissance or even post-Renaissance flavor. I, also, prefer a Dark Ages or Ancient World flavor. But upon further reflection, Yggsburgh is following up on the atmosphere that had always been hinted at with Greyhawk, but never fully developed. With all its heraldry, guilds, colleges and so on, I think Greyhawk has always been established as being at least post-1200 AD in flavor. I think it's very much in keeping with the setting as written about in the Gazetteer and Gord books.
... about visualizing Conan the Barbarian in such a city -- yeah, that might be a stretch. But Howard's Conan moved around in a pretty eclectic world too. Some of the descriptions of Aquilonia with all its knights and pennons and armor made it seem almost like the Middle Ages, in such stories like "The Scarlet Citadel." And I think some of the characters were described with almost-17th century, pirate-like or swashbuckling clothing in "The Black Stranger". So... maybe Conan could wander into a place like Yggsburgh, after all!
Actually, every time I look at the city map of Yggsburgh, I keep thinking of my hometown of Pittsburgh! It looks like the Downtown Triangle!
BTW Gene, your city map looks awesome.
Last Edit: Nov 11, 2007 19:21:48 GMT -5 by GRWelsh