Even More Floor Plans

One of my most popular posts on my blog has been my short list of floor plans.  Having a map of an area is one of the easiest ways to not only plan your rpg adventure, but also to make sure that all of your players are visualizing the same thing.  Anything that keeps everyone on the same page helps to reduce confusion and arguments, both of which take away from the joy of the rpg.

So without further delay here is another list of floor plan links you may find useful in your games.  Most of these are aimed at the near past, modern, or near future time periods.  Hope you enjoy them.

Multnomah Country, OR Downtown Library Floor plan A map of a historic and large library.

Academic Building Floor plan – University of Wisconsin La Crosse Nice detail including the number of seats per room.

Floor Plans for the Smithsonian Museums and National Zoo (a page with links to a number of floor plans)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art A wonderfully details floor plan

Johnson County Community College A page with links to the campus map and building maps.

Commercial Building Floor plans This page has a number of different plans and shows both the front facade and floor layout.

A vast collection of Theme Park Maps Covers multiple parks and for many of them has several years worth of maps.

Cerro Gordo County, Iowa Jail Nice detail in a modern jail floor plan and it is a pdf!

 

Is there a certain type of map you are wanting and just can’t find?  If so, let me know and I will see if I can locate it and add it to my next floor plan blogpost.

 

 

Floor Plans for Modern RPGs

All in the setting

One of the things that really helps with the atmosphere of any RPG is having the setting down right.  In the fantasy based games I run that is fairly easy to accomplish as they are not required to stick to any hard laws of anything, including physics.  Magic, deities, or mystical creatures can go a long way towards explaining away any difference between your game world and the standard reality that we all live in.

Floor Plans

Office Building

However, when you are running a modern or near future game the requirement for the setting to more closely match the reality we live in increases greatly.  One way to add that finishing touch is to have detailed maps of the major buildings that are part of your plot.  With all the detail that goes into a modern building this can be a major time sink for the DM.  To help solve this problem, here are a number of links to various building types whose floor plans are out on the internet.  If you don’t find what you are looking for here, just do a web search for building floor plans.

Floor Plan Links

Science Research Building (Stanford’s Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building)

Academic Building (The Centennial Campaign for UW-La Crosse)

Observatory (Griffith Observatory)

Office Building (Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building

Auquarium/Oceanarium (Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium)