I like it, but I understand where you're coming from. It's stylistic, with the number of buildings representative rather than literal - like the Hogshead Marienburg map or many historical city maps e.g.ExReey wrote: ↑Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:52 amThe graphical design, it has a bit of a cartoony look imo.
The relative sizes don't look right: Ulricsmund is like 6 or 7 steps high. If you decide to draw detailed single houses and stairs, they should be right.
The City doesn't look as "grand" as in the original City of the White Wolf map; if you compare them side by side, the old one looks like a grand metropole, the new one like a midsize town. The old map has so much more buidings and stuff on it
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It doesn't convey the 'real' building density of Middenheim. What I personally like is the attempt to partly represent the vertiginous nature of the city, with steep sloping streets. The front cover of the book is the first time I've seen Middenheim looking like a cold city built on top of a mountain.
I've read the book now and I think it's fantastic. 'City of Chaos' was one of the best WFRP1 supplements, but it was also intended as a generic 'Warhammer City'. The new book conveys a place with a unique culture - the various sects of Ulricans, the role of the criminal and noble classes, the influence of wizards and magic. It doesn't feel like Altdorf, Marienburg, Ubersreik or anywhere other than Middenheim.
I also like how it draws on every prior reference to Middenheim and integrates them into a satisfying whole. Little things like the Vermillion Pawn or Erich Hinfällig (from the original Flame Warhammer Companion) make a welcome return, and there are references from the Black Library 'Hammers of Ulric' novel. There's plenty of new stuff too.