Tuesday 4 May 2010

Visual Break: Text Maps

If you love the Grand City of Londra, or are just curious, do yourself a favo(u)r and check out this obsessively detailed handwritten satirical map by Stephen Walter, chock-a-block with dense historical and social allusions ...

Now ask yourself- how would this style work for an improvisational city map in adventure gaming? Where the streets, blocks and buildings are represented by evocative and ambiguous tags, representing not the past but the future history of the city as lived by your protagonists ... A palimpsest of White-out and black fine-line marker, as old challenges are wiped out and new ones scribbled in.

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