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Postby rocksolid on Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:26 pm

This is how the numbers look on it, though I'm using an older image just because I haven't adjusted the coordinates in the xml since I added more spectators around the edges.

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Postby Haydena on Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:42 pm

What's happened to some of the numbers?
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Postby AndyDufresne on Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:42 pm

They do look a little different than normal...in color and shade...


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Postby qeee1 on Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:48 pm

Probably whatever program Rock used to save the image did that...
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Postby Jota on Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:09 pm

Might want to double the number of colors being used for the GIF compression.
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Postby Marvaddin on Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:28 am

How about some little backgrounds for the numbers?
And only now I realized, only 30 countries, right? Isnt it a bit less than could be? 5 countries to each player in a 6 players game... Eliminate someone will not be the challenge we should expect by the one way only.
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Postby rocksolid on Thu Jun 22, 2006 10:46 am

I figured this image was for positioning of numbers and readability. It is true the colours didn't come out true, not sure why.

I've never been a fan of number backgrounds - I feel they just clutter maps, except where they're necessary to make the numbers visible, which isn't the case here.

Back near the beginning of the thread, the first real image I did of the track had 48 countries, but upon Jota's suggestion I subsequently reduced it to 30 because he seemed right in saying that that would more likely give the game the sense of speed and edge-of-your-seat-wet-your-pants excitement that I was trying to get with this map. It could well mean early eliminations, but that's sort of intended - with overly cautious players, a 48-territory no-bonus map is more likely to lead to looong games than a 30-territory one.
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Postby Jota on Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:00 pm

rocksolid wrote:I figured this image was for positioning of numbers and readability.


I think that seeing the colors of the numbers is usually important to tell how readable they are against colored backgrounds. That said, the backgrounds in this particular map are very unlikely to cause any problems in that regard. And the positioning looks good.
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Postby fluffybunnykins on Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:36 pm

looks good to me, no need for little circles
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Postby AndyDufresne on Sat Jun 24, 2006 12:49 am

                  Quenching


The Final Forge period has concluded for the Circus Maximus Map. All objections have had their time. The Foundry and I hereby brand this map with the Foundry Brand. Let it be known that this map is now ready for live play (barring any Lack vetoes).

Conquer Club, enjoy!


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Postby Phobia on Sat Jun 24, 2006 12:56 am

lol andy is on a quenching roll today :)
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Postby AndyDufresne on Sat Jun 24, 2006 12:59 am

:) Expect more to come tomorrow also!


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Postby Haydena on Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:49 am

This map is great rock, tried a real time and found that it lasts a while! :)

There's something about it that makes it fun to play, I just like the running commentary I can give when I wipe someone out. :D
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Postby fluffybunnykins on Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:25 pm

Hey Rock
Joined my first game on this board. It's a three player & the other two seem to adopting the strategy "lump as many armies as poss onto one, er, square (?)", While I'm going for a more spread-out approach.
It's only the first round, though...
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Postby howie on Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:35 pm

Just joined a game, very uniqe am looking forward to it.
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Re: Circus Maximus [Quenched]

Postby General Roy on Sat May 23, 2009 4:34 am

I'm actually playing the map, and think it's interesting. I think, though, that there should be "continents", i.e. if a player is able to control all three lanes in a zone, he should for instance get 1 troop extra. I am beginning to suspect, though, that the best strategy in the game is just amass all your troops in one region and wait until you can strike multiple rounds. Trouble with that is, of course, that you don't get any spoil, and may lose in the end.
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Re: Circus Maximus [Quenched]

Postby Moonj64 on Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:48 pm

I just joined a game like this and after looking through this discussion some, I'm dissapointed that I didnt try and find a game that had spoils. Though it seems like the game plays well with fog of war.
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Re: Circus Maximus [Quenched]

Postby darthzartan on Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:04 am

I was doing my first attack of the day, first roll: fine, second roll on same place: ILLEGAL ATTACK??!! and it ends my attacks for this turn (as punishment?). I have played this map before without a problem. Pretty big glitch. Not using this map ever again. To bad, its a great map.
The move was:
Attacking from DIOCLETIAN middle lane to ELAGABVLVS outer lane. Upon 2nd attack roll glitched.
If this was just my own misunderstanding of the rules, forgive me and flame away. :P
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Re: Circus Maximus [Quenched]

Postby natty dread on Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:20 am

It's not the map's fault.

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Re: Circus Maximus [Quenched]

Postby darthzartan on Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:50 am

Well that explains that, thanks. Hurray, I'm not insane!
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Re: Circus Maximus [Quenched]

Postby darthzartan on Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:42 pm

That lost turn looks like its going to cost me a win. DAMN YOUS COMPUTERS ANG JUNK!
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Re: Circus Maximus [Quenched]

Postby CavTrooper on Fri May 06, 2011 12:19 am

I think you have captured the essence of the roman chariot race...its anybody's game at anytime, position and timing are essential...being in front, not always the best place to be! Nice job, going to play it now if I can!
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Re: Circus Maximus [Quenched]

Postby Playing4Food on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:30 pm

This is the only map of its kind. If you can move in both directions then it would not be a Circus Maximus
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Re: Circus Maximus [Quenched]

Postby DoomYoshi on Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:11 pm

So, in appreciation of Circus Maximus, I have decided to copy some Wikipedia history for you, with dates as reigns.
Honorius - (393-423) Honorius is widely considered as one of the worst of the emperors; it was during his reign that Rome was sacked for the first time in 800 years.

Gratian - (367-383) Gratian subsequently led a campaign across the Rhine, the last emperor to do so, and attacked the Lentienses, forcing the tribe to surrender. That same year, his uncle Valens was killed in the Battle of Adrianople against the Goths – making Gratian essentially ruler of the entire Roman Empire.

Flavius - the name of a dynasty or a general, never an emperor

Elagabalus
- (218-222)
Elagabalus, barely 14 years old, became emperor, initiating a reign remembered mainly for sex scandals and religious controversy.

Later historians suggest Elagabalus showed a disregard for Roman religious traditions and sexual taboos. He replaced the traditional head of the Roman pantheon, Jupiter, with the deity Elagabalus, of whom he had been high priest. He forced leading members of Rome's government to participate in religious rites celebrating this deity, over which he personally presided. Elagabalus was supposedly "married" as many as five times, lavishing favours on male courtiers popularly thought to have been his lovers, and was reported to have prostituted himself in the imperial palace. His behavior estranged the Praetorian Guard, the Senate, and the common people alike. Amidst growing opposition, Elagabalus, just 18 years old, was assassinated and replaced by his cousin Severus Alexander on 11 March 222. The plot was devised by his grandmother, Julia Maesa, and carried out by disaffected members of the Praetorian Guard.

Elagabalus developed a reputation among his contemporaries for extreme eccentricity, decadence, and zealotry. This tradition has persisted, and with writers of the early modern age he suffers one of the worst reputations among Roman emperors. Edward Gibbon, for example, wrote that Elagabalus "abandoned himself to the grossest pleasures and ungoverned fury". According to Barthold Georg Niebuhr, "The name Elagabalus is branded in history above all others" because of his "unspeakably disgusting life".


Diocletian - (244-312)
Born to a family of low status in Dalmatia (Roman province), Diocletian rose through the ranks of the military to become roman cavalry commander to the Emperor Carus. After the deaths of Carus and his son Numerian on campaign in Persia, Diocletian was proclaimed emperor. The title was also claimed by Carus' other surviving son, Carinus, but Diocletian defeated him in the Battle of the Margus. Diocletian's reign stabilized the empire and marks the end of the Crisis of the Third Century. He appointed fellow officer Maximian as Augustus, co-emperor, in 286.

Diocletian delegated further on 1 March 293, appointing Galerius and Constantius as Caesars, junior co-emperors. Under this 'tetrarchy', or "rule of four", each emperor would rule over a quarter-division of the empire.


Caligula (unknown color) - (37-41) There are few surviving sources about the reign of Caligula, although he is described as a noble and moderate emperor during the first six months of his rule. After this, the sources focus upon his cruelty, sadism, extravagance, and sexual perversion, presenting him as an insane tyrant.

Ballista (unknown color) - no such emperor

Asclepius - a Greek god

Julian (355-363) - Julian was a man of unusually complex character: he was "the military commander, the theosophist, the social reformer, and the man of letters". He was the last non-Christian ruler of the Roman Empire, and it was his desire to bring the Empire back to its ancient Roman values in order to, as he saw it, save it from dissolution.

Imperius - a character from Diablo

So, there's a lot of work to be done on this map. It needs a re-revamp. Abolish all the non-emperors, and make the emperors organized chronologically. Finally, assign colors to the final two regions and make the flags' clearer. This is of urgent necessity and prime importance. This is a highly sensitive and topical matter which requires utmost attention to detail.
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