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City Slums
Publisher: DramaScape
by john s. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/09/2013 19:35:13

This is a decent product on a scale and scope I can certainly use. It a little different in that its slums. Its generic enough to be anywhere form pulp to near future. lots of exciting spots for conflict. Its only problem is the contrast and perceived depth are a little weak.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
City Slums
Publisher: DramaScape
by Aaron H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/21/2013 14:58:58

The following review was originally posted at Roleplayers Chronicle and can be read in its entirety at http://roleplayerschronicle.com/?p=33606.

City Slums accurately captures the hopeless wreckage of a decayed urban blight. The combination of rubble and terrain features at various altitudes gives the players a rich environment for frenzied combat tactics, whether it’s up close or blasting away with assault rifles. This battlemap is perfect for contemporary scenarios, superhero escapades, or for apocalyptic doom in the husk of a shattered city. What players get, once the sheets are assembled, is a rich area of blighted urban street that includes several floors of surrounding buildings and metallic bridges above the rest from which to engage in spirited sniper fire or high-level martial arts mayhem.

OVERALL

City Slums is an excellent urban map, allowing the players to have a complete modern city combat experience. It assembles into an inner city block, with a rich range of terrain features. There are buildings that surround the edge of the map, along with several narrow buildings in the middle that are connected by metallic walkways on the top levels.

RATINGS

Publication Quality: 10 out of 10 DramaScape has done an excellent job of sizing the battlemap segments across multiple pages, including a square-grid, hex-grid, and gridless version. There are complete instructions, along with a panoramic view that allows the reader to pan around from a viewpoint in the middle of the block to see what the map looks like from the perspective of a character. Owners of this product can choose where to cut the white edges off so that they can assemble the pieces in a way that allows them to combine seamlessly. My suggestion for the best final result is to laminate the pieces once this decision is made, then use non-permanent double-sided tape on the white edges so that everything holds together nicely. Alternately, all the edges can be cut off and the map sections can be laminated and butted together directly with glossy tape. Either way, once assembled, nothing shifts or stains when players get excited and spill their beverages in their haste to tear up the streets with rapid-fire weaponry

Visual Appeal: 9 out of 10 This map has perfectly captured the hopeless sense of dust and shattered bricks. The coloration is grey and ominous, with toxic waste drums, overburdened dumpsters, scattered traffic cones, and a variety of well-crafted terrain features. The different levels are slightly offset visually, so it’s easy to tell the relative altitude of the various roofs and walkways. It also has a fantastic weathered look, showing that the environment has seen many years of gradual decay. There are so many places to hide on this map that the characters and their adversaries will have a hard time keeping track of opposing forces.

Desire to Use: 9 out of 10 I’m personally more of the high fantasy genre gamer, but the next time I run an urban blight game this will be a centerpiece! City Slums is the perfect place for a major misunderstanding involving gangs, drug production facilities, villainous headquarters, zombie hordes, or the fight for food after civilization coughs out its final breath. Whether the characters are armed with assault rifles, crossbows, or flamethrowers, this is an excellent product for the final epic battle!

Overall: 9 out of 10 City Slums is an excellent addition to your modern or apocalyptic environments and another quality piece from DramaScape. By focusing on an open central area surrounded by high walls and walkways, City Slums allows the Game Master to establish a rich tactical urban conflict where the winner can’t easily be predicted, but creativity will definitely be rewarded.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
City Slums
Publisher: DramaScape
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/03/2013 11:13:05

This is an interesting and useful mapset of the rough end of town, industrial rather than residential, the sort of place in which trouble might easily kick off and get out of hand. It would be suitable for any contemporary or near-future setting, or even a superhero game.

The cover picture and 360° view give an excellent impression of this run-down back street and can supply some reference for the heights of buildings, although in a very neat trick many of the three-storey buildings have the upper levels set back a bit so there are two levels of flat roof to scamper around on, or even jump from roof to roof if you dare. There are also a couple of gantry walkways crossing the street for those with a mind to aerial chases or similar shenanigans.

As usual there is an overview map and multi-sheet 'miniatures-sized' ones (available with square grid, hex grid or no grid) and a massive single-sheet battleplan to use with virtual table tops or if you have access to a commercial printer.

There's lots of detail - street furniture, vents and chimneys, antennae, skylights, ladders... everything to make scampering around interesting and possibly challenging. There's even a whole heap of debris where one building has started to fall down. All is rendered almost photorealistically, clear and crisp.

Parkour, anyone?



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
City Slums
Publisher: DramaScape
by Sean F. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/02/2013 11:43:10

DramaScape maps are of the absolute highest quality, with features that you just don't get normally. The ability to take a scene and rotate through it in 360 vision is mind-blowing! GMs can show their players the character-eye view of an area all the way around, while at the same time showing on the top-down mini-scale map where the miniatures are.

Then you get the Virtual Table Top iterations of the maps on top of all that!

Seriously, you can not go wrong with DramaScape. I am utterly hooked!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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