Atlanta, City, Horror, Little Five Points, Maps, Modern, Street Map, Urban, White Wolf, World of Darkness, Wraith, Wraith: the Oblivion
If you’ve been following my non-map posts recently, you’ll know that I’m running a classic styled Wraith: the Oblivion chronicle set in Atlanta in 1994 (the era and place that the game was written in and where they set a lot of their initial material which confronts the horrors of the South’s past in the form of immortal southern aristocrats and the underworld’s reliance on people as property and even as money).
One of the main points of interest in the game (and honestly, in Atlanta in general if you’ve ever lived there) is Little Five Points – the Bohemian shopping centre of the city, and where all the cool kids used to go to show off exactly how cool they are – the skaters there to out-trick each other, the punks to out-cool, and the goths to out-pout each other while taking languorous drags from their clove cigarettes.
The next session report for the chronicle is set in Little Five, so I figured I should have a map of the area ready for use in-game and to go with the session reports here.
So here it is – my version of Little Five Points circa 1994. Some of the shops are fictionalized, others are in the wrong buildings (my own recollections from Little Five date back to 1990-1991 before most of the current “landmarks” of the neighbourhood were there, and the current maps aren’t much help) or have been shuffled around to allow for some shops that never co-existed in our own timeline to do so in the Wraith chronicle.
Originally I was planning on expanding the map into the residential neighbourhood around the main commercial intersection, but in a month I haven’t gotten to it yet, so I don’t expect I ever will now. And leaving the residential areas up to everyone’s imagination does a better job than strict street maps would provide anyways.
And if you want to use this street map for something less Atlanta-specific, here’s the map element without any of the tags.
Mmm, clove cigarettes…
This seems like it could also be adapted to any RPG including D&D.
David Millians said:
My old hang out!
22 is actually The Star Bar. In any Wraith game, the characters need to end up there — maybe the Ghost of an Elvis Impersonator haunts the Elvis Vault… The Ethiopian place was 2 doors north, but that space is now an Indian restaurant.
Dyson Logos said:
Thanks! It is hard keeping track of what is what since my own memories are pre-1994 and the maps I can find are 2009 and onwards.
Even the L5P BIA couldn’t help me.
From Atlanta, can confirm. Very good work and relevant to the city.
Jon Bupp said:
Clove cigarettes? Smells like you’re smoking a ham!
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One interesting bit for the time period, Kerry Thornley was a regular at Little Five, distributing pamphlets. For those unfamiliar Thornley was one of the authors of the Principia Discordia (as Lord Omar Khayyam). He had served in the Marines with Lee Harvey Oswald and written on the topic.
As a result of the latter, he testified before the Warren Commission which is why the former is the Commission files.
He could be an interesting NPC to encounter.
Dyson Logos said:
That was more in the late 80’s though, no?
He posted his KULTCHA newsletters all over Little Five at the time. One that I got was just a few lines saying to go see the Indigo Girls just so you could say you saw them at a small venue before they got famous.
I did. He was right.
I wasn’t here for it (I didn’t come to Atlanta to live until 2010), but understanding was he was actively doing it until his death in 1998.
Oh, and way to go with the Indigo Girls. Where did you see them? The place I’ve gone the most at Little Five has been The Star Bar.
Had to skim down the list and make sure you had Junkman’s Daughter on there.
Feminist Bookstore is called Charis. They’ve moved twice since then, but are still kicking. In 94 they moved around the corner to one of the standalone houses on Euclid– second building I think? Just behind where they originally were. Abbadabba’s either expanded or moved into that space? I’m not sure.
Man, thank you so much for this trip down memory lane. I’m back in the Atlanta area, but L5P ain’t what it used to be!
Mike Bennett said:
This reminds me of the map I made of a futuristic version of my city I made for a Cyberpunk game I ran back in the day. The city doesn’t look anything like what I drew 30 years ago.
“where all the cool kids used to go to show off exactly how cool they are” Ah, a hipster paradise.