What is wrong with this terrain? It actually does not look real. Wait...the buildings, bridge, and fence look real. I own the same river terrain and the sides of the river have rocks, etc which should be painted. Maybe playtesting by yourself at home then this would be okay, but I would never have anyone play at this table. I try to avoid using felt, but I can understand it being used in certain situations (i.e. large water bodies like rivers/lakes). These blobs of felt have no trees, etc. Oh it just gets worse the more I look at this photo.
I would be very interested to hear the reason for the bad terrain.
I am of the opinion that at a gaming convention, the game presentation must look good.
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At the same convention, below is a view of a successful looking game.