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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V4 -

Postby DiM on Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:55 pm

zimmah wrote:what the hell?

so we're actually already messing up the foundry to take revenge on andy? :-s

(no but seriously it's the exact opposite for me)



i have no idea why it does this. 8-[
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Postby natty dread on Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:43 am

I can't see either of your images.
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V4 -

Postby Victor Sullivan on Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:36 am

natty_dread wrote:I can't see either of your images.

Same.

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Postby Oneyed on Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:08 am

Victor Sullivan wrote:
natty_dread wrote:I can't see either of your images.

Same.

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ditto. just in spoilers they are visible...

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Postby thenobodies80 on Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:19 am

DiM, I'm going to abuse of my Foundry Mod powers to replace the link in your OP. Use imageshack, it works. At least for me lol

btw i really hate that horizontal line you have at the top of your legend, it "cuts" the mast of both ships.

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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V4 -

Postby zimmah on Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:01 pm

thenobodies80 wrote:DiM, I'm going to abuse of my Foundry Mod powers to replace the link in your OP. Use imageshack, it works. At least for me lol

btw i really hate that horizontal line you have at the top of your legend, it "cuts" the mast of both ships.

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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V4 -

Postby DiM on Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:20 pm

imageshack is a no. i hate that site. it has the stupidest interface ever created.
normally i used photobucket which has a very user friendly interface and i can keep track of my files very easy.
however photobucket insists on resizing anything above 1mega and since this image is 1.6 it's shrunk a lot unless i save it at a lower quality. and this is jpg. if i save it as png it's hell.
imageshack does not resize my images but it has the shittiest interface ever.
so i found post image.org which has a really neat interface and it does not resize my images. but apparently people can't see the images. no idea why :(

i'll guess i'll have to look for yet another hosting site with a big enough file limit and good interface.


as for the horizontal line, that's there to mark the legend space. i will probably do some flowery thing, a nicer border or something, so don't worry about it.
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V4 -

Postby zimmah on Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:22 pm

DiM wrote:imageshack is a no. i hate that site. it has the stupidest interface ever created.
normally i used photobucket which has a very user friendly interface and i can keep track of my files very easy.
however photobucket insists on resizing anything above 1mega and since this image is 1.6 it's shrunk a lot unless i save it at a lower quality. and this is jpg. if i save it as png it's hell.
imageshack does not resize my images but it has the shittiest interface ever.
so i found post image.org which has a really neat interface and it does not resize my images. but apparently people can't see the images. no idea why :(

i'll guess i'll have to look for yet another hosting site with a big enough file limit and good interface.


as for the horizontal line, that's there to mark the legend space. i will probably do some flowery thing, a nicer border or something, so don't worry about it.


the line isn't the problem but the line cutting the sails is looking weird.
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V4 -

Postby BadgerJelly on Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:35 pm

I been struggling to like looking at this map for some time and have discovered why :

1- MAIN problem for me is the way the land is filled in. Those diagonal lines are not easy on the eye at all :shock:
2- The ships (On right and left) are tilted and just look strange. I think it'd be better if they were all horizontal.
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V4 -

Postby DiM on Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:43 pm

zimmah wrote:the line isn't the problem but the line cutting the sails is looking weird.


yeah i know, it will be fixed when the border is changed.
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V4 -

Postby DiM on Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:46 pm

BadgerJelly wrote:I been struggling to like looking at this map for some time and have discovered why :

1- MAIN problem for me is the way the land is filled in. Those diagonal lines are not easy on the eye at all :shock:
2- The ships (On right and left) are tilted and just look strange. I think it'd be better if they were all horizontal.


1. i can lower the opacity of the lines.
2. having all of them horizontal will give an artificial feel .
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V4 -

Postby DiM on Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:49 pm

i have solved my photobucket problem. apparently i had gotten too close to the 10GB bandwidth limit for free accounts and my upload options were moved to less than 1Mega per image. but now the limit was reset (since the new year) and i can upload full size.

so here's V5. i hope it's visible for all.
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Postby Nola_Lifer on Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:23 pm

Does any costal region include ports and every island? Or any costal area in their proximity?
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V5 -

Postby natty dread on Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:27 pm

DiM wrote:i have solved my photobucket problem. apparently i had gotten too close to the 10GB bandwidth limit for free accounts


That's why I use imageshack, which doesn't have any bandwidth or storage limits. I currently have a bit below 2000 images stored on my shack account.
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V5 -

Postby DiM on Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:13 pm

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DiM wrote:i have solved my photobucket problem. apparently i had gotten too close to the 10GB bandwidth limit for free accounts


That's why I use imageshack, which doesn't have any bandwidth or storage limits. I currently have a bit below 2000 images stored on my shack account.


i don;t like the interface on imageshack.
anyway, the main problem was that i had some images on this photobucket account that were done for a website and those images caused the main traffic. i'll just move them to another photobucket account and it will be fine. :mrgreen:
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Postby DiM on Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:15 pm

Nola_Lifer wrote:Does any costal region include ports and every island? Or any costal area in their proximity?


a coastal reagion = a land that has a coast. basically if it touches the ocean then it's a coastal region.

if my count is right there are only 12 land locked regions on this map. everything else is a coastal region.
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Postby BadgerJelly on Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:29 pm

Maybe its my eyes but I think you need to scrap diagonal lines completely and use something else?

Only ships that look funny are Red Beard and Dark Eric
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V5 -

Postby lostatlimbo on Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:19 am

I agree about the horizontal line and actually those decorative corners would look much better in the top corners.

Put the decorative bits in each corner, move the main map down a little and then add a 'realistic' crease across the middle where you have a line now. It will look much more natural and quite bad-ass. Try it.

Also, please, please find a clearer font for the missions. Its a lot of reading for such a scripty font. I'm normally all about playing up the theme of a map, but those are important to read, even in-game.
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Postby AndyDufresne on Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:36 am

lostatlimbo wrote:Also, please, please find a clearer font for the missions. Its a lot of reading for such a scripty font. I'm normally all about playing up the theme of a map, but those are important to read, even in-game.


Agreed. Font Flavor is usually fine when you are reading individual region names or bonus zones, but when you have a mound of text, and text generally important to gameplay (and not just some sort of thematic setting text), it should be a little easier to read.


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Postby DiM on Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:45 am

i'll try to find a scripty font that's easier to read.
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Postby zimmah on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:33 pm

i just thought of something. in case there's 4 or less players on this map, people will actually start with 2 ships, so, should we try to make the starting positions so that even in 2, 3 and 4 player games the starting ships will be as balanced as possible?
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Postby DiM on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:54 pm

zimmah wrote:i just thought of something. in case there's 4 or less players on this map, people will actually start with 2 ships, so, should we try to make the starting positions so that even in 2, 3 and 4 player games the starting ships will be as balanced as possible?


no they won't. you can limit each player to 1 ship. just like in AYBABTU each player gets just 1 base.
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V5 -

Postby zimmah on Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:58 pm

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zimmah wrote:i just thought of something. in case there's 4 or less players on this map, people will actually start with 2 ships, so, should we try to make the starting positions so that even in 2, 3 and 4 player games the starting ships will be as balanced as possible?


no they won't. you can limit each player to 1 ship. just like in AYBABTU each player gets just 1 base.


right, but then i'll need to define that in the starting positions. so everyone just get's 1 base, makes sense.
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Postby DiM on Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:00 pm

yep, it's easier and more balanced this way.
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Re: Pirates and Merchants [06.Jan.12] - Missions Map - V5 -

Postby Oneyed on Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:18 pm

the bonuses looks a little unbalanced to me. while there are only 15 Treasures for 4 Pirates ( so about 4 armies for each), but 11 bonuses with 40 armies for Merchants (about 10 for each). ok, it will be harder to conquer and hold all governors regions but Merchants have more possibilities and bonuses.

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