Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Three Cups Inn

Just a little fun.  Figuring out just what I want to do with this image tonight.  Took me almost as long to make this as the keep I posted Thursday:

Tried to represent the people as they would actually be sized.

It's a question of how detailed something like this needs to be.


  1. I always had the idea that a hex-map wouldn't work well for an indoor environment (such as a dungeon)... but looking at this, it mirrors the layout of many real-world buildings fairly well.

    It's also interesting to see the people from the same perspective as the surroundings; my usual view (and the usual snapshots I see on many blogs) is one where the environs are drawn on a flat piece of paper, and the figures represented by three-dimensional minis. Illustrated this way, though, they fit in perfectly. I'm already imagining the one in purple stepping over to the bar, the one in yellow finding an unoccupied table, and the one with the shield striding around the room looking for an arm-wrestling opponent.

  2. I've finally broken down and started making these for my players since everything up to this point has felt too wishy-washy when running combat. Might make good material for another video to see how you draw and create this sort of thing in Publisher.

  3. Would a medium sized creature be slowed moving through squares with the tables and chairs partially in the same hexes? It occurred to me that I always place tables, bars, and chairs in the center of individual hexes or squares. Having them between hexes looks so much more natural, like the objects have been in use.

  4. LTW,

    I've just measured myself. I am 20 inches at my widest part, my shoulders; that's about 50 cm. My hexes are 5 feet in diameter (150 cm). This means that three of me can stand shoulder to shoulder comfortably within one hex - two of me if I'm armored.

    The tendency to think of tables and chairs as something that cramps a room is a common thing in role-play gaming. The distance between my desk and the wall is 33 inches. I never, ever bump the wall when I pull my chair back from my desk and sit down. This is quite a lot of room.

    The narrowest space between the tables I've shown is about two feet. I suggest taking a tape measure around your house and deciding for yourself if that's an uncomfortable walking distance between objects.

    Then I suggest seeing if you've moved any of your furniture to be sure there's a five-foot gap designed for your walking convenience.

    To be honest, a bar would go broke if the tables/chairs were all at least five feet apart.

  5. This is good advise to test terrain in real life. I am due for a run through the woods to see what the terrain there yields in terms of difficult terrain and visibility/cover.


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