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Oriental Interiors is a beautiful battlemap that accurately captures the feel of iconic oriental adventuring environments. There are nine locations, with each one representing a classic spot where intrigue and martial arts are equally likely to occur.
Oriental Interiors allows the players to have an excellent oriental role-playing experience, whether set in a contemporary or fantasy environment. The maps include two small homes, a moneylender/money exchanger, a street side food stand, two shops side by side (one selling books and portraits, with meals and drinks on the other side), three shops side by side with a warehouse behind them for storing stock (futons, containers, and fruits), a dojo, an exclusive soba diner, an upstairs area with styling similar to the soba diner, and a mill with a waterwheel and a creek. Each map is presented with Hex, Square and No-overlay versions; you will need to check which pages these are to save printing unwanted pages.
Publication Quality: 10 out of 10
DramaScape has released a perfect set of locations for enjoying the feel of oriental adventures. The square-grid, hex-grid, and gridless versions of each location are extremely well represented. In addition to a full set of overhead maps, there are a series of profile images that allow players to see what the room might look like when entered. I am deeply impressed by the quality of this product.
Visual Appeal: 10 out of 10
This map constitutes a set of perfectly rendered locations. The coloration is vibrant, with thin black lines for the square and hex grid that allow perfect positioning without detracting from the visual experience. Each location has a variety of well-crafted features that lend authenticity to the setting.
Desire to Use: 9 out of 10
To be honest, I rarely run oriental-based adventures, but this set of maps has changed my stance! Oriental Interiors is the perfect place for major misunderstandings involving shady organized crime syndicates, ninjas, high-flying martial arts escapades, or a harmonious tea ceremony interrupted by Things From Beyond. What you get is a full set of oriental locations that are ready for adventure!
Overall: 10 out of 10
Oriental Interiors is an excellent addition to your fantasy or pulp environments and another quality piece from DramaScape. By providing a wide assortment of locations perfectly keyed to the oriental feel, Oriental Interiors allows the Game Master to run the full oriental adventure experience with a full set of tactical options, whether the characters are having a nice meal with allies or tearing up the rice mill while battling the local crime lord.