Mapping the city

Here are some maps I made today. The first is at the city’s main landing point and gives an approximation of where everything is … above ground.

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You’ll notice one or two changes from the information contained in my last post, as some buildings have been removed (e.g. The Stacks & Wayne Tower) to make way for some last minute but significant additions (e.g. Joker’s Funland, Gotham National Bank, Glucose Park, Bakery). We also moved the hotel.

Then there is the underground map. This has been drawn like a subway map, and besides seeing it at the landing point, you’ll find this map in various locations below ground.

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We’ll be opening soon!

Furillen City Guide

As we approach the opening of Furillen City to visitors, I thought it might be interesting to make a list of things you’ll soon get to see.

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The city basically consists of a grid of two major roads (Burton Boulevard & Sprang Way) running North-South on either side of the main subway station, These roads cross a main street – 1st Street – that runs East-West alongside the main square. This grid more or less divides the city into several distinctive zones – I’d call them quarters but there are rather more than four.

These zones are:

  • Civic Zone – Gotham Square, Gotham City Hall, Gotham Cathedral, Monarch Theatre, Natural History Museum, Steampunk Museum, The Daily Planet HQ
  • Mansion Zone – Wayne Mansion, Magic Shop, bookstore, Espresso Cafe, hotel, antiques store, Rabbit Hole, The Cat Mews, Robinson Park
  • Car Park Zone – apartments, Bring N Buy store, barber shop, crackhouse, pizza restaurant, gym
  • 1st Street Zone – 54 1st St. (the Harvey Dent Campaign HQ), Gotham Warehouse, subway station, beer garden, Kane Bridge
  • Industrial Zone – Trident Intercontinental Shipping, Chinatown, the Baker Enterprises Textile Factory
  • Entertainment Zone – Gotham Studios, Fun Haus amusement arcade, Ballz of Steele bowling alley, Finnigan’s pub, the Iceberg Lounge, Billiard Hall and Casino, boxing hall, skateboard park
  • Market Zone – the covered market, vinyl record store and cafe
  • Slum Zone – The Ready Player Stacks, Greasy Diner, basketball court, abandoned store
  • Court Zone – courthouse, Arkham Asylum

While we would have built further outwards if we could, one advantage of building in the sky is that is makes subterranean building very straightforward … so we added the following underground builds, many of which are interconnected:

  • The famous Batcave (underneath Wayne Mansion)
  • The city’s subway station (on the corner of 1st Street and Burton Boulevard)
  • An underground car park, leading to
  • A massive sewer system, which contains
  • a secret room,
  • Penguin’s lair
  • the huge sewer room, and
  • My Alibi, the city’s underground club.

I’ll have more to say about these places – and I’ll publish a map – as time goes on. But as you’ll already see from this list, the Gothamesque angle is quite consistent – although the Ready Player Stacks and one or two other places have nothing to do with Batman, we just like them and think that they fit.

The build continues – we have one or spaces left to decorate as well as others that need to be finished properly – but we are close to opening time now. There will be an event when we do so – so watch this space.

Coming soon …

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This has been an epic build.

I’ve been putting together a sign post for the landing point at Furillen City today. Here’s how it looks …

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… and that, essentially, is why the “couple of days” I said it would take us to finish in my last post became a week.

And we’re still going.

But the end seems to be in sight now, so watch this space for an announcement in …

… well …

a couple of days.

Furillen City

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As previously announced, we’ve been busy in the sky above Furillen, and as I’m sure the eagle-eyed have spotted, there is a new cityscape at 3500m. This has taken around a week to build so far, and I would estimate that we’ll be opening this area in a couple of days. Thanks to everyone for leaving us in peace up there, and please continue doing so. As usual, the opening will be publicised through the inworld group.

So … what kind of city will this be?

Again, some of you may have noticed telltale signs … the Monarch Theatre … a tower with a giant “W” on … a billboard advertising “Wayne Enterprises” … a monumental Justice Hall … newspaper offices … a seedy bar … a rough-looking neighbourhood where a boy might so easily witness his parents being mugged and killed … a mansion … and a cave …

We’ve watched the movies and read the comics, but visually speaking, what you’ll find is no direct copy, so for obvious (and quite notorious) legal reasons, we’ll probably just stick with “Furillen City” as a name.

It’s been huge fun to build so far, and once it opens, I hope that you enjoy visiting the city as much as we’ve enjoyed piecing it together.