If you're thinking about buying this product, take the product description's advice and look carefully at the preview before purchasing. Unfortunately for a product marketed as a map set, the first thing a new purchaser is likely to notice about this product is how unattractive the maps actually are. The black-and-white city map looks as if it had been produced by an early ’90s CAD program. We're not even talking grayscale here; water, grass, and other textures are represented by black-and-white dot matrix patterns. The city maps and key look like they were printed on an old dot matrix printer. The regional maps, although they are in color and have plenty of nice detail, similarly remind me of something out of the Ultima games I played on my Commodore 64. I would have thought the maps looked great had I first seen them in 1987, but they're a long way from 2010 graphics standards.
If you can get past the antiquated graphics, the city (actually just the inner city; the outer city does not receive the same detail) and regional maps include a wealth of detail. Indeed, the amount of detail is surely the maps’ greatest strength. The work of laying out buildings, distributing them throughout the city, and even placing the city, forests, mountains, caves, dungeons, etc. is all done for you. If you would find such a fully-developed map set helpful, you're the target audience for this product and may like it.
However, the same attention to detail is not evident in the writing and proofreading. Already by the end of the table of contents a reader will encounter inconsistent capitalization, odd phrases like "Bonuses Material" and "Option Monetary System," two uses of the noun "effect" where the context calls for the verb "affect," and so on. These types of careless grammatical, syntactical, and stylistic errors do not improve when the reader reaches the actual city descriptions. Paragraphs are inconsistently indented, independent clauses are spliced together with commas, and the whole product stands in desperate need of thorough proofreading and reformatting.
At first glance, I thought I might be able to get over my negative reaction to the product's poor artwork and writing by focusing on the other values the product brings, but even these left me disappointed. The actual map of the inner city strikes me as far too orderly and regular for a faux medieval fantasy city. Granted, the inner city will have been built under royal patronage, but to such a precise master plan that block after block of shops and residences have exactly the same layouts? I'm not convinced. I also hoped that the "bonus materials" that start on p. 34 of the PDF would provide some value, but half of the "bonus materials" are worthless if you don't choose to apply the author's idiosyncratic monetary system to your own campaign; almost a dozen of the "bonus" pages are nothing but price lists using the "optional" monetary system.
I wanted to be impressed with the listing of 100 NPCs, but I wasn't. Again, you have to adopt the author's idiosyncratic system for describing NPC loyalty, courage, and honesty to get maximum use out of the listings. The mannerisms described for each NPC grow repetitive very quickly; if you really use the NPC list randomly, as the author proposes, you could easily end up with the "sloth like" Soron Daydreamer ambling along with "Sam the Sloth," who "moves real slow," while Garret Guzzlebottom, who "belches a lot," sits on the tavern bench next to Canterra Goldenspell, who "burps a lot." And how did Garret's and Canterra's offstage ancestors know precisely which surname would best fit their distant descendant's gluttony and/or career choice? Anakin Skywalker gets a pass, but by what strange coincidence did "Lance Battleworthy" grow up to be a paladin and "Gia Kindheart" to be a cleric?
In the end, although I really like the idea of a systemless, setting-neutral city writeup , this product just doesn't deliver much that's useful for my campaign or enjoyable for me to read or look at. Since I received a review copy, I'm not out any money on this product, but I truly don't foresee ever opening the PDF file again. I can recommend this product only to one small potential audiences: DMs who want a highly detailed city and region map in which to base their campaigns.
[1 of 5 Stars!]