I think you map looks a little over worked...
I think it should look more like this:
It's clean, simple and refreshing...
While I enjoy simplicity, and am a advocate of simpler less complicated cairnswk
type maps. But this ↑ is/was a draft and would not have passed through the Foundry, in whatever form it existed in 2006. There are an amazing amount of programs out there that allow anyone with the time and energy to make maps look simple, when indeed they take an ENORMOUS amount of know-how and behind the scenes work.
Bruce, the map. Is decent. Needs work. The grid lines, need to blend into the background more, now they are on top, of everything, including territory names. Also, I'd suggest the grid be a bit larger, the whole grid work really just makes the map seem confining, and should be more open.
The "Impassibles" font, has gotta be different. It clashes with the rest of the text.
Your special thanks and signature text are absolutely eyesores on this map. I can understand you wanting your own flare to these thanks and such, but they cannot clash so horridly with the style of the map. Look for better ways to incorporate these into the map. I'd suggest using the Russian space some, and find a better font there too. Remember these little types of shout outs can just inhabit 1 version of your map.(large or small) So you don't necessarily have to squeeze all that stuff onto the small map too.
I agree with lanyards on the impassibles, the hills... eh, ok, but can be better, but the mushroom trees? Please no. Um.... I feel like I've said this before, oh yeah, I did. viewtopic.php?f=10&t=142607&p=3650109&hilit=trees#p3650109
Same kinda problems from before, by the way I liked the texture on that map much better, you're kinda on the bland side right now.
Good Luck Bruce!