ugh! I decided on a new direction for the second town, mapped for a few hours, decided it had too many ideas in one town so I split it up and shoved some of it into a new third town map.... and now I hate both maps. a lot. soooo I guess I'm starting again on two towns? I need to take a day to clear my head and think about the core design of each town, I think. so I'm going to give myself a little break! don't expect any updates for a few days, guys! at least wrt maps, anyway :)
on the plus side, telling you guys about my outfit/location idea made me get all excited about it, and I started solidly planning it out. not only did I work out how to implement it, but I came up with a couple of outfit ideas that tie into sidequest systems/characters that I felt were being underused. so that part of it is coming together nicely! I started spriting the swimsuit and the coordinator outfits, and threw together a test event to check my implementation. so I haven't totally been wasting my time!