can i add my 2 cents?
i have good eyes i would say perfect but perfection doesn't exist. but i can spot a fly from 100 yards (not really) and i can even see the back of my head (with 2 mirrors) so you can imagine i have no trouble reading the army numbers on wm's map. i don't have a problem on the original map either. BUT i agree they aren't the easiest maps to read. if i look at montreal or saguenay i realize the blue armies might cause problems for people that don't have good eyes. the thing i don't understand is how can people say the old map was more readable? in fact i believe the new version is easier to read. not by much and it can certainly be improved but it's still more readable.
after reading through various threads on this topic (including in flame forums) i think the readability is not the only issue here it's also about the style of the map. while some people seem to be quickly captured by the eye candy others seem to think all this google earth type revamp has destroyed the board game style of the original map that they loved.
i said this during the poll but nobody cared so i'll say it again. this style is bad. yes it looks good for a poster to hang on a wall and admire but i sure as hell wouldn't want to have this on my table and play with my friends on it.
regardless of these thoughts WM has worked hard to produce this map, he has provided updates and took care of the feedback he received (i'm still not happy about the purple instead of white). the maps stayed in production for more than a month. the foundry is an open forum free for all to visit. everybody had a chance to say something. if all the people that started complaining now would have voted on the revamp poll perhaps the results would have been different or perhaps not. the point is complaining now is useless. for all those that complain perhaps this should be a lesson, be more aware of what goes on in the foundry and you'll be able to give feedback when it is needed.
the visibility issue can simply be solved by a few army circles. wm can handle that with ease.
but it still remains the issue of the style. and the only solution to this matter is to have the option of choosing between the original map and the revamped map. that's easy to code. wm you have a close relation with lack, why don't you talk to him and convince him to do this?
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