well there are many people inside + gym leaders + trainers + nurses
its not like a billion people all outside, that would be crazy, however i have mapped in about 8-10 people outside (6 are blocking watercity north waiting outside the mart)
there is also a massive mart there + staff will make up a few numbers.
there are 8 floors in the mart over 2 wings.
so far the NPC count is:
Gym - 4 people
PC - 1 nurse + 3 shoppers (8)
dept store - 11 staff + 14 shoppers (32)
so thats 32 people and if there are like 3 people per house + pokemon thats 29
So without trying i have 61 people and rather that have people say things like: potions are handy, you should keep some on hands. lots of people will have info on things like:
~ Pokemon Locations (if possible remove the location section of the pokedex)
~ New Item uses
~ City Information
~ Route Infomation
~ In house miniquests/drama (for example - can you show my sick kid a pidgey?)
im working on the layout of east meddow and i think its too wide, but im not sure how to offset maps for connections, so i can make the connection smaller.
on the plus side there is only about 10 maps (plus insides), and water city is a MEGA city,
I'm not sure about the size of the maps/ number of people you are expecting to have in the cities - You can have gruelling route without making a tediously long map and the number of NPC scripts required for that single city is pretty darn daunting in terms of the time needed to give each one a decent thing to say.
I think Beta 1 should go from leaving the water city, then thru route 1 (im thinking about not having route numbers but rather names i.e: east meadow) then the pre-gym event, defeating the leader and also passing the test in the forest north of grass city.
Water city, the biggest populated city of the mirco-region with 100 people (golden rod has 70), and to the south have a second map which is like a port/beach area which connects water city with the sea route.
East Meadow, is a grass maze styled area, which is very long (about 100 X 25 tiles) with a bed and breakfast in the middle (healing cost $700, also has fresh water for sale), with lots of grass and slightly gruelling path.
Grass City, is a Eco-friendly city (solar pannels and mulch bins?) with lots of green, the gym leader(dr. weedle) also works in a natural medicine lab(which sells the bitter objects but later on has new products like: Green Potion, heals 90hp and is made of old potion bottles and soft berries.) The gym is very eco friendly and has 3 trainers, who use a mixture of grass n bug pokemon.
haunted forest is a maze like forest with fog and purple trees, it has lots of warp panels put there by its inhabitants of a cult of psyic trainers and shrine women. getting thru the maze and warp pannels there is the leader of the cult who gives u cut for making it thru.