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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Industrial Helix on Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:02 pm

Move to the gameplay workshop? Not just yet. The key purpose of the melting pot is to screen map ideas to prevent something from going through that doesn't a) come close to meeting CC standards or b) has major issues that will clog up the maps progress in the other workshops (like the small map in Napoleonic Europe should have been addressed here before a gameplay was committed to).

The idea is to pass a map that looks like it isn't going to have major graphical or gameplay issues in the future. When I look at the small map of this, I see a future Napoleonic Europe crisis in the making. I also see problems with the fact that as a complex map it is going to have less support than maps usually do (though this doesn't necessarily stop them). In the melting pot an idea is not committed to a map and a different map does not mean a different idea.

I highly advise that you don't get too attached to this map in its current iteration. I think a reduction of territories is key to making this map work and there is going to have to be another version of this map to progress.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby pamoa on Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:28 pm

Does that mean I should throw away a 50 hours job and start something new?
Are you categoric or do we have a chance to go any further?

Your comment is very rough for a first advice :(
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Raskholnikov on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:00 pm

The Map Ideas Guidelines state:

The reviewers will make make suggestions and recommendations for the development of the map idea, with successful design concepts being moved into the Gameplay Workshop.


It frankly makes no differnce to me on which thread of this forum this proposal is located. But, if we are to follow the Guidelines, we should be consistent in our approach.

What is a successful design concept? Clearly not an almost entirely completed map and gameplay, which only need relatively minor changes in Gameplay and Graphics. Otherwise, the role of the Gameplay and Graphics sections almost lose their relevenace - especially considering there is an Iron Forge after them to clean everything up before going to Beta.

A successful design concept is, no doubt, a map proposal with a detailed layout of the map. territories, objectives, bonuses, where the gameplay is clear and the graphics show promise.
AS you saidm you like the direction of this map's graphics. As to the gameplay, even if we simplify some elements (tankers, pipelines, territories) the actual gameplay won't change drastically: we still will have 8 starting points, and a struggle to control refineries, terrorists, and Central Asia. THAT is the successful design concept.

So, unless you object to the actual design concept, this map should move to Gameplay. There, we can look specifically at Gameplay and make any alterations we deem necessary in that area.

In short, to cram 80 per cent of the work in this section and call it design concept really is not in accordance with the guidelines. Let's move on to Gameplay, focus on that, stramline what needs to be streamlined there, and then go to graphics and do the same there.

Serious mapmakers will not put significant more time and effort in developing maps if they are asked to put over 50 hours of work in a design concept which, despite its obvious quality and interest, is refused progress to the next stage on the ground that it's not almost perfect.

Please note I am taking all your comments as constructive criticism and attempting to accomodate them - but this goes both ways: unless your advice is seen by us as objective and in accordance with the Guidelines, we just won't keep going wasting our time in a process which does not follow its own Guidelines, but can have as many different interpretations as there are members in the cartography department.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby natty dread on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:02 pm

Pamoa wrote:Does that mean I should throw away a 50 hours job and start something new?


This is a reason why you should not put too much work in a first draft. The idea of the foundry as I see it is not that you work 50 hours on a map, then put it up and expect that it will glide through the forums since "you have worked on it so much already"... it's more that you post an idea, people get to give it feedback, and you start working on the idea based on the feedback, advancing the map bit by bit...
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Industrial Helix on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:19 pm

No, I'm saying start over. But the map as it stands is very complicated and the small map isn't going to make it through the graphics workshop. I'm saying reduce territories first of all. And second of all refine the gameplay to something manageable as not all of us have BOB.

The concept is great, I like the graphics, but the gameplay is too complicated and overcrowded. Don't throw it away, but I can't move it to gameplay like this.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Raskholnikov on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:25 pm

The concept is great, I like the graphics, but the gameplay is too complicated and overcrowded. Don't throw it away, but I can't move it to gameplay like this.


Am I the only one who thinks this is self-contradictory? You say you like the design concept, but gameplay needs substantial work. Yet you won't move the thread into Gameplay, where the gameplay work is done, because the gameplay is not yet almost perfect? Wwell that's exactly what we are supposed to do in Gameplay! It's not the Gameplay STAMP I'm asking for - just approval of the design concept and permission to move into Gameplay where we can focus exactly on the issues you raise:

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Balanced deployment - It should be unlikely that one or more players can start the game with a major advantage as a result of the initial drop or getting the first turn. Conquer Club is primarily a strategy game, and we therefore like to minimise as many of the luck factors as possible - the dice are randomness enough!

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Form must follow function - So important it's on the list twice! Expect to show some flexibility and be prepared to move away from complete geographical accuracy or historical authenticity: the look and theme of the map must be utterly subservient to gameplay and legibility.

Please, let's just follow the Guidelines and work on the actual map rather than quibbling about threads and playing power games. It would make the creative process so much easier and more fun...
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby pamoa on Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:54 am

natty_dread wrote:Well. At first sight this looks interesting. I would recommend doing a draft of the small version with 888:s to ensure everything will fit properly. You don't want to run into the same problems you had with the napoleon map...


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Pamoa wrote:Does that mean I should throw away a 50 hours job and start something new?

This is a reason why you should not put too much work in a first draft. The idea of the foundry as I see it is not that you work 50 hours on a map, then put it up and expect that it will glide through the forums since "you have worked on it so much already"... it's more that you post an idea, people get to give it feedback, and you start working on the idea based on the feedback, advancing the map bit by bit...


Well it is not possible to do it half way
either you make a draft as you saw it before or you make the map
making an accurate hand draft is 10 to 20 hours
but then throwing it away to start the real map isn't a very efficient way of working
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Elijah S on Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:56 am

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Per your PM I'm responding with a little input.
It's clear that a lot of work has been done on this map, but it's very hard to look at without some major changes in the color scheme.
The game idea is good; gameplay will need some work - objective seems a little complicated;
I messed with the colors a little - pretty much just inverted them. The ocean would, of course be blue or maybe white, but I suggest you play around with the territories and try something other than the blue for them; also, it doesn't read very easily - you may want to address that as well. Maybe try more suitable fonts, etc.
Kandahar and Islmabad should be in one word, not split to 2 lines.
Is topography really needed and does it benefit the map in any way? Maybe just solid colored territories would be better.
The location of the insets should be easier to find - maybe color-coordinated.
Having so many territories seems like a stretch for geographical correctness, but I think it also clutters the map to an extent. -Maybe a compromise involving fewer territories would be better.
All-in-all, I'd say this is an "okay" map, but in its current draft not one that would turn many heads.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby natty dread on Thu Jun 24, 2010 4:13 am

Elijah S wrote:Image


I like these colours. I know I know, I said I liked the previous colour scheme, and I still do, but this one is somehow less stressing to the eye...

Anyway I think you should go with these colours, or something close to them.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Evil DIMwit on Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:17 am

Yeah, those inverted colors are much easier on the eyes.

I like this idea. It's rather crude at this stage and will need a good deal of work to refine; but by no means should you dump this draft into the sea.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby RjBeals on Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:55 pm

very blue. doesn't feel like an "oil war". maybe it's the blue/white border combo. You've got a lot going on here. I think it would help a lot if you take out the terrain landscape, and go with solid colors. Really though - you've got to simply this, somehow. Maybe instead of having an army circle AND a bonus symbol on a tert, combine the two. Have the army digits ontop of the bonus symbol - if it's possible.

Also, you don't identify the call-out box maps.. well, barely. It took me a long time to figure out what regions they were zoomed from.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby the.killing.44 on Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:39 pm

I know you won't want to hear this from me, rask, but honestly there is way too much going on in such a small space. It's a combo of the terrain + the omnipresence of blue and white + the symbols. I'm not sure if the terrain should be the first thing to go, since I like it and it adds to the satellite image feel of the map. Elijiah's simple inversion did a lot to help the overwhelming nature of the map at first sight, but when one tries to study it more, there's still too much going on with icons.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Raskholnikov on Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:13 pm

Thanks for everyone's input.

I suggest we deal first with gameplay, and then with graphics, as the former really will affect the latter a lot.

Let me summarise here the gameplay idea and see how it can be improved.

1. We have 8 starting points - each capital of a major country / alliance.

2. Basic bonuses: 1 army per 3 territories (3 minimum to start), plus 1 army per each 2 territories owned within one country /alliance. +3 self-deploy on capitals.

3. Four of them are large enough to accomodate 10 territories each, four others, only 6.

4. To even out gameplay, the following is suggested:

a) each of the four smaller countries gets one metropolis, with a +2 self-deploy.

b) neutral armies are spread out in such a way that large countries have five territories with 1 neutral army each, while each metropolis has 5 neutrals each. This means each country would need to take 5 neutrals to get a +6 bonus, in addition to the +3 capital self-deploy. In my opinion this balances the game quite well.

c) Most other territories get +4 neutral on them (4 such per major country).

5. The total number of territories for the eight countries is 4 times 10 plus 4 times 6: 64.

6. The aim of the game is to illustrate the fight for Central Asia, with its number of refineries and tankers. Central Asia has 17 territories divided into:

a) seven one-territory countries; and

b)one ten-terrory country, KAzakhstan. Only it has a capital, Astana, with a +3 self-deploy. All territories are +4 neutral, except Astana, which is +6.

The aim is to try to push the players to go for Central Asia and the win objective, as opposed to just eliminate one another.

So we are now at 81 territories.

This is the basic map and gameplay.

7. Additional features:

a) Refineries: these act as bonus-generating tools. There are 24 refineries. Each group of 3 gives a +2 bonus. They are not independent territories, but part of the underlying ones.

b) Tankers: these illustrate oil tranport and have 2 purposes:

1. bonus generators: +1 for every 2; and

2. communcators: all fleets in a given area (Caspian, Black Sea / Med, and Persian Gulf / Indian Ocean) connect with each other and allow for more varied attack options between players than the traditional territories.

15 Tankers which are separate territories and connect only with their own unerlying territory (as well as with each other)

c) 8 Revolts: these designate territories experienencing real life civil / ethnic unrest, and give a -2 troop reduction down to 1 troop;

d) 8 Terrorists: territories with this designation have 2 functions:

- bombard any refineries and tanks; and

- connect with each other.

e) Pipelines: they act like a railway and connect refineries.

f) 2 US fleets: they are both +3 neutral to start with, can be conquered by capitals, can bombard refineries and terrorists. and revert to +3 neutral at the end of each round.

8. Wining conditions: 2 possibilities: winning as the Global Community of as the Terrorists by taking control of Central Asia.

a) There are 2 terrorists in Central Asia. Therefore, victory condition for Terrorists is: take control of 17 central asian territories PLUS all 8 terrorists (6 outside Central Asia)

b) Therefore, the Global Community winning condition should be to take control of 17 central asian territories PLUS 6 more objectives: let's say 1 tanker and 5 refineries not located in Central Asia.

Total territories: 98 (actually 99 because of Israel).

I suggest we work on gameplay first. What do you all like? What don't you? What can be simplified? Always of course keeping in mind the idea of the map, which is the Struggle for Central Asian oil.

Once we agree on gameplay, I think a lot will fall into place, including nr of territories, colors etc. Which is why I think this belongs in the Gameplay section.

Be that as it may, I look forward to your input on this.

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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby natty dread on Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:44 pm

Well, I'd say there are a few areas where you could cut down the number of territories.

Ukraine, Iran & Afghanistan could each lose a few territories. Things are a bit cluttered in all of them. Maybe southern Khazakhstan too.

Also, you're going to need to identify the bonus areas somehow. Currently nowhere on the map are the bonus area names said. There are people who are not too familiar with the area, even if they know the geography, and they can't be expected to memorize the name & location of each country just to play the map. I suggest a small minimap somewhere - north africa could work if you put it on top of Cairo, also simplify Turkey & the Jerusalem area so that you can move Jerusalem away from Africa.

The revolts: do they give a negative bonus, or do the territories lose troops each turn? If it's a territory decay it could work, otherwise I don't see much point to them...

The US fleets.. why are there 2 of them, when they both can be accessed from the same territories? Seems a bit redundant. Since they both are also killer neutrals, no one is going to put a huge stack on them to keep them occupied, so one fleet should be enough.

Actually... since the terrorist can already assault each other, and they can bombard the same territories the US fleets can (refineries & tankers), why would anyone bother going for the fleets? You need some incentive. Perhaps make terrorists bombard refineries and US fleets bombard tankers?


Well that's all from me for now... hope you find something useful from my post ;)
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Raskholnikov on Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:39 pm

natty_dread wrote:Well, I'd say there are a few areas where you could cut down the number of territories.

Ukraine, Iran & Afghanistan could each lose a few territories. Things are a bit cluttered in all of them. Maybe southern Khazakhstan too.

For Ukraine, what we could do is change from Ukraine to Eastern Europe, transform the 5 Ukrainian territories into 2 (one is currently Belarusia), and add Moldavia, Rumania (with a refinery - actually existing in reality) and Bulgaria. The afvantage of this would be that the new region would also connect with Turkey, whilst now its only contact is with Russia.

For Afpak, pretty much all we can do to simplify is to merge two Cashmir territories, give the new one to Afpak, and merge two existing Afpak territories.

Iran and Turkey are small, but they only have 6 territories each and they are quite clear, I think.

The Middle East Alliance has 11 territories. We could take Jerusalem completely out of play (like Nepal) and thus simplify the area.


Also, you're going to need to identify the bonus areas somehow. Currently nowhere on the map are the bonus area names said. There are people who are not too familiar with the area, even if they know the geography, and they can't be expected to memorize the name & location of each country just to play the map. I suggest a small minimap somewhere - north africa could work if you put it on top of Cairo, also simplify Turkey & the Jerusalem area so that you can move Jerusalem away from Africa.

There are no bonuses given for specific areas. Bonuses are given for each 2 territories owned in the same country/alliance, as indicated by colors on map. Players don't need to know the name of any country - just how many territories they own in each. There are no fixed bonuses for owning a country, which differ from country to country. It's the same for all: 1 unit for each 2 territory owned within any and all countries.

The revolts: do they give a negative bonus, or do the territories lose troops each turn? If it's a territory decay it could work, otherwise I don't see much point to them...

The territories lose troops each turn, down to a minimum of 1. So yes, it's a territory decay.

The US fleets.. why are there 2 of them, when they both can be accessed from the same territories? Seems a bit redundant. Since they both are also killer neutrals, no one is going to put a huge stack on them to keep them occupied, so one fleet should be enough.

Actually... since the terrorist can already assault each other, and they can bombard the same territories the US fleets can (refineries & tankers), why would anyone bother going for the fleets? You need some incentive. Perhaps make terrorists bombard refineries and US fleets bombard tankers?

Yes , we could have terrorists bombard refineries only, the US 5th Fleet bombard all terrorists, and US 6th Fleet bombard all tankers.


Well that's all from me for now... hope you find something useful from my post ;)


Thanks for your comments. I will wait to see what others have to say before making any changes.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby natty dread on Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:50 pm

There are no bonuses given for specific areas. Bonuses are given for each 2 territories owned in the same country/alliance, as indicated by colors on map. Players don't need to know the name of any country - just how many territories they own in each. There are no fixed bonuses for owning a country, which differ from country to country. It's the same for all: 1 unit for each 2 territory owned within any and all countries.


I realize this, but people still should know the name of the bonus areas - think about team games, how will you tell your teammate "take that blue bonus... not not that blue bonus, the other blue bonus..." or when you're negotiating a truce in a singles game...

Bonus area names are necessary for smooth gameplay, even if they don't have specific bonuses. Look at maps like Feudal or New world, bonus areas are named even in them. A small & simple minimap like the one in Feudal is all I ask.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Raskholnikov on Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:05 pm

Got it. Will talk to Pamoa about having this is Africa, like you suggested.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Evil DIMwit on Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:59 pm

Rashkolnikov wrote:The Middle East Alliance has 11 territories. We could take Jerusalem completely out of play (like Nepal) and thus simplify the area.

That'd be nice. Jerusalem's awkward troop number placement is one of the most annoying. If you do that, though, be sure to connect Cairo to the rest of the map somehow, either by sea route or by tanker (the latter would be either interesting or awkward since there are no other Mediterranean tankers in the region).

While I'm on the subject of awkward placement: It's not enough for icons to touch the label of their territory; if they aren't on the territory itself, it's confusing to look at. That's true in Istanbul, it's true in Abu Dhabi, it's true with the Krasnodar fleet, and especially the Ajana fleet. In these cases there's just no room for more than one territory in that region; I recommend just scrapping those fleets. Maybe put a fleet in Izmir to give one to Turkey.

The territories lose troops each turn, down to a minimum of 1. So yes, it's a territory decay.

I think even then, the revolt territories are one of the least necessary features gameplay-wise, and since you're (hopefully) trying to simplify the gameplay, the revolts should be first to get cut.

Yes , we could have terrorists bombard refineries only, the US 5th Fleet bombard all terrorists, and US 6th Fleet bombard all tankers.

Another way to differentiate the fleets would be to have them only be able to bombard tankers in the same sea. That would kind of make sense.
Perhaps also only have terrorists bombard refineries within the same region? That way they give more of a sense of local resistance.
Then again, that wouldn't come into effect very much since probably most of the refineries that have terrorists in their region actually border that terrorist territory.

The bonuses for Arunachal and Kashmir are not particularly interesting; because of the build-a-bonus system, it's not likely that a player is going to hold either all of China or all of India. It might work better to say that those territories count for either country.

Finally, you'll want to either make the metropolis auto-deploy bigger or the neutral smaller, since most of the metropolises are so out of the way that just a 2-troop auto probably won't affect much.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Raskholnikov on Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:18 pm

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Rashkolnikov wrote:The Middle East Alliance has 11 territories. We could take Jerusalem completely out of play (like Nepal) and thus simplify the area.

That'd be nice. Jerusalem's awkward troop number placement is one of the most annoying. If you do that, though, be sure to connect Cairo to the rest of the map somehow, either by sea route or by tanker (the latter would be either interesting or awkward since there are no other Mediterranean tankers in the region).

Yes, that's an issue. Maybe we can keep Jerusalem, combine Beirut and Damascus, and move the Jerusalem label up.

While I'm on the subject of awkward placement: It's not enough for icons to touch the label of their territory; if they aren't on the territory itself, it's confusing to look at. That's true in Istanbul, it's true in Abu Dhabi, it's true with the Krasnodar fleet, and especially the Ajana fleet. In these cases there's just no room for more than one territory in that region; I recommend just scrapping those fleets. Maybe put a fleet in Izmir to give one to Turkey.

I can easily see reducing tankers from 15 to 9 - 3 per region, which would then eliminate the ones you mention.

The territories lose troops each turn, down to a minimum of 1. So yes, it's a territory decay.

I think even then, the revolt territories are one of the least necessary features gameplay-wise, and since you're (hopefully) trying to simplify the gameplay, the revolts should be first to get cut.

Well they do add a degree of realism to the game... Also revolts are not separate territories, like tankers, but just a characteristic of existing territories. The fire symbols can easily be removed towards the end of the process, if they still are a sticking point.

Yes , we could have terrorists bombard refineries only, the US 5th Fleet bombard all terrorists, and US 6th Fleet bombard all tankers.

Another way to differentiate the fleets would be to have them only be able to bombard tankers in the same sea. That would kind of make sense.
Perhaps also only have terrorists bombard refineries within the same region? That way they give more of a sense of local resistance.
Then again, that wouldn't come into effect very much since probably most of the refineries that have terrorists in their region actually border that terrorist territory.

If we reduce tankers from 15 to 9, that would give US fleets a really limited number of targets. I still think we can try my proposal above: terrorists bombard refineries only, the US 5th Fleet bombards all terrorists, and US 6th Fleet bombards all tankers.

The bonuses for Arunachal and Kashmir are not particularly interesting; because of the build-a-bonus system, it's not likely that a player is going to hold either all of China or all of India. It might work better to say that those territories count for either country.

Yes, I agree. One Kashmir would go to China, two others would be combined and given to Afpak and two existing Afpak territories combined to make the region less crowded, and Arunchal would go to India. Instead of the Cashmir window in the legend, we could put there the mini-map natty was asking for.


Finally, you'll want to either make the metropolis auto-deploy bigger or the neutral smaller, since most of the metropolises are so out of the way that just a 2-troop auto probably won't affect much.


Yes, we can reduce the metropolis neutrals to 3 instead of 5 if you think it makes better sense.

Thank for your really great comments! Much appreciated!
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Industrial Helix on Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:28 am

OK... I figure best to address a subject one at a time.

suggestionWhy not have a single Caspian Sea/Black Sea/Med. Sea/ Arabian Sea/ Territory?

how it will astly improve things:Graphically, it will take less room and you can use the tanker symbol.

Make it a killer neutral so the seas don't act like regular territories.

Every seaside port can attack other sea side ports anyway. Putting a sea territory instead of 9 tanker territories will clear the region of unreadable debris and still maintain gameplay. You'll lose your tanker bonus, but really, no one regards Panama and Liberia as world powers because they command 1/3 the tanker fleet in the world. So it was kind of a unrealistic bonus anyway.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby pamoa on Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:50 am

we should keep each region to an even number
so it is still interesting to get the last territory (+1 each 2 territ)

I prefer US fleet bombard terrorists
terrorists bombard refineries and tankers inside their region
we have then to add one in Iran

sea as a territory with small tanker symbols as access point
instead of tankers as territories
much better for me as gameplay (less terit and easier to understand)and graphics (more room)

Kashmir and Arunachal should remain out of any country
as they are disputed territories
maybe Kashmir as one territory
both as ethnic unrest

I personally hate mini-maps
but if its needed :roll:
if Kashmir is one single territ
then I can use this space for mini-map
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Raskholnikov on Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:05 am

How about this: set up the Caspian / Black Sea Mediterranean / Indian Ocean tanker territories as killer neutrals;

so:

Caspian Sea tanker will connect: Ashgabat and Baku
Black Sea Tanker will connect: Tbilisi and Odessa
Mediterranean Sea will connect: Izmir and Cairo;
Indian Ocean tanker will connect: Abu Dabi and Mumbai

and they will work exactly as the Channel Territory in Third Crusade.

This will eliminate 15 tanker territories for 4 Sea territories: net reduction of 11 territories.

I would still keep the US 5th and 6th Fleets, as follows: Can be one-way attacked by any capital; are killer neutral; Sixth fleet can attack all refineries; 5th fleet can attack all terrorists.

In terms of territories:

Merge L'iv into Kyiv; Merge Dnipropetrovsk into Odessa; create Bucharest (coverning Romania and Moldavia) and Sofia (covering Bulgaria). This will keep Eastern Europe at 6 territories, but would make for larger territories and would connect Eastern Europe to Turkey.

Merge Beirut into Damas;

Merge Gilgit into Strinagar and give it to India;

Give Aksai to China;

Give Arunachal to India;

Eliminate Kashmir and Arunachal bonuses;

Split Aksu in 2 so China will have 10 territories.

The four Metropolises for the four 6 territory countries will be: Bucharest, Istanbul, Mashhad and Lahore, with 3 neutrals on each to start.

We eliminate the pipelines.

Revolts and terrorists stay as is.

Refineries can go down from 24 to 17, with the following being eliminated: Dniepopetrovsk, Istanbul, Makhachakala, Samara, Ashgabat, Shymkent, Altai (bonus armies: +2 for first 3, +1 for every subsequent 2)

This will bring us to : four countries of 6 territories; four countries of 10 territories; 17 Central Asian territories; 4 Sea territories; 2 fleets - for a total of 87 territories - 12 less than originally planned.

Since the Kashmir bonus will dissappear and the area simplified, the Kashmir insert at the bottom right will be replaced by a mini-map, with the following names:

Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Central Asia (4 countries south of Kazakhstan), China, India, AFPAK, Iran, Turkey, Middle East

On the main map, Kazachstan's border should be shown as a thicker white line, since it has 10 territories and gives the 1 bonus army for every 2 territories conquered within its borders. The other 7 Central Asian countries which are all separate territories give no such bonus.

A key question to decide is: should we give bonuses for holding an entire country? At this stage, I am still enclined not to. Let's see how the second version looks like and we can then decide. If yes, it would be easy to add the bonus numbers on the mini-map.

Natty, Evil, Helix, if you all agree with this, maybe pamoa, once he finishes moving and has some time next month, can take a stab at a second version of the map - and also take into consideration the color suggestions made above.

Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. And especially to pamoa who really does all the work!
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Evil DIMwit on Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:10 pm

Two more things. One:
natty_dread wrote:I realize this, but people still should know the name of the bonus areas - think about team games, how will you tell your teammate "take that blue bonus... not not that blue bonus, the other blue bonus..." or when you're negotiating a truce in a singles game...

Bonus area names are necessary for smooth gameplay, even if they don't have specific bonuses. Look at maps like Feudal or New world, bonus areas are named even in them. A small & simple minimap like the one in Feudal is all I ask.


I don't think this is really necessary. It's not difficult to describe the different regions, and they will most likely be given names on the game log whenever they give a bonus. A minimap that only exists to give names to the regions would be a waste of space, in my opinion.


Two, if you're going to have different functions for the two U.S. fleets, give one of them a more distinguishable name. Maybe rename the one that bombards terrorists "U.S. Special Forces" or something.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby natty dread on Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:41 pm

Evil DIMwit wrote:I don't think this is really necessary. It's not difficult to describe the different regions, and they will most likely be given names on the game log whenever they give a bonus. A minimap that only exists to give names to the regions would be a waste of space, in my opinion.


The XML can be made to tell what they are, sure, but only after you own at least 2 territories in that area. It's not a waste of space at all. Anything that helps people to grasp the gameplay and map dynamics better is not a waste. This is a complex map, and anything that helps navigating it should not be overlooked.
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Re: Central Asia: The Great Game 2.0 - Struggle for Oil

Postby Raskholnikov on Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:03 pm

Well I like pamoa am not a believer in small maps. That being said, since the Cashmir insert will disppear, there is no harm having one in that space to clearly indentify countries, like some of you wish. Especially since pamoa kindly said he would not mind doing it. So let's try and see. And, if we decide to add country bonuses, this will come in handy.
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