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Re: A Real World Map v1p1 gameplay

Postby InkL0sed on Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:47 pm

Ed, do the graphics yourself. I actually rather like that as a first draft...
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Re: A Real World Map v1p1 gameplay

Postby edbeard on Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:58 pm

at the moment I'll say no but if by a miracle this map gets a lot of interest yet no one willing to do the graphics, I'll tough it out.

Right now I'd rather discuss gameplay. The first thing to figure out is land/water connections. As someone said, if I make all the dots (in the same general area) as connections then that's probably too many attack routes.

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so, It'll probably be something like SE Pacific connects to Argentina but not Antarctica. While the SW Atlantic touches Antarctica but not Argentina. Furthermore, this means that the East Pacific territory would border Central America and not Colombia and Midwest Atlantic would border Colombia but not Central America.

I could go through and use that logic throughout but I'll do that later. Esp if people think it's a good idea.


Someone asked about the Mediterranean. It's not going to be in the map because size and spacing is already an issue. I don't even know if these territories are good ones or not or if I should rework some of them or get rid of some or add some whatever. I think I have 51 territories but I need to count them (if you're going to do this note that while there are 4 arctic ocean territories, there are also 4 antarctica territories (only because I screwed up the borders there) and territories in the pacific cross over the sides of the map. This will be represented by having army circles on one side and names on the other and probably a note in the legend about this too).
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:31 pm

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1. decided to put in a workable legend (though I didn't put any thought into bonuses so please rip em to shreds) which had the side effect of making the image very very ugly

2. decided to put in arrows to make land-water connections so gameplay could be discussed (though I didn't put too much thought into them so please rip em to shreds) which had the side effect of making the image very very ugly
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby InkL0sed on Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:15 pm

I think the ocean-water connections should be based on what's convenient for game play.

And I think arrows are a move in the right direction for indicators, although these obviously don't look to great.

Also, I wouldn't mind doing the graphics for this, though I don't know that I'm any better than you...
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:22 pm

right now I'm not worrying about graphics at all (though I'd rather get someone experienced (no offense)). I mean the legend is awful looks-wise but it's just a starting point to get gameplay talk going (I think going for a 'black and white' (greys) look would be a lot better).


thoughts on the continents?

thoughts on where the land-water connections occur? I'd like to get one from Arctic to Eurasia in there but that'd throw off all the other connections. maybe it'd be better to start with connections that we all feel are 'necessary' and then add other ones that makes sense after that.


only ones I feel are 'necessary'

1. India - North Indian Ocean

2. NE Atlantic - NW Africa


all the others I have no real affection.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby InkL0sed on Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:11 am

edbeard wrote:right now I'm not worrying about graphics at all (though I'd rather get someone experienced (no offense)).


No offense taken.

On to game play. This is what I think:

The continents for land should be the continents. For water, just make it the major oceans. So, the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian, and the Arctic. So basically as you have it now, except I'd like to see Europe separated from Asia if possible.

Land-water connections:

North America:
Eastern US - Carribean
Central America - Carribean
Central America - Pacific
Greenland - Arctic
Alaska - Pacific

Probably would make NA worth a +5

South America: I like it as you have it now. Probably worth +2, since you can't expand too easily from it. Same reasoning as in Classic.

Africa:
North Africa - same territory that connects to Brazil in the Atlantic
South Africa - as you have it now
The Horn - Indian Ocean

Bonus: +4

Europe (assuming you add another territory and make it a separate continent):
Western Europe - Atlantic
Scandinavia - Arctic
Bonus: + 2/3, depending on how it works out

Asia:
Eastern Russia/Siberia/Kamchatka - Pacific
India - Indian Ocean (as you have now)

Bonus: +5

Oceania:
Philippines/New Guinea - Northern Pacific

Bonus: +1

Antarctic: exactly as it is now

Oceans:
Arctic: +2 (only 2 borders)
Pacific: +4 (4 borders, 5 territories)
Atlantic: +6 (5 borders, 7 territories, and a central position)
Indian: +3 (could be +2, but I prefer a 3)
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby whitestazn88 on Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:10 am

i think its a step forward because it doesn't seem like there are so many attack points.

but at the same time, i still think they could be more accurately placed if you're gonna drop down to that few.
for example: the one in alaska is do-able because one can think that the bering strait is pretty shallow, land bridge, etc. same with the one in the new york harbor, and the mexico one is roughly placed where one could picture the rio grande.

but then what of the two africa ones? don't really make sense... move one to western europe instead of north africa in my opinion, and maybe move the one in se africa to the other coast? i think the tanzania or congo rivers flow out to that side.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby Juan_Bottom on Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:29 am

Shouldn't S. America be worth +2? Each of it's territories is an attack point.

I think you should drop Antartica, shrink it down, and try and add some other territories. Who ever would attack Antartica in real world?
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:36 pm

Inklosed. your post is quite long and I'll respond to each piece by either implementing those changes or not in an update. thanks!

btw, europe is crowded as it is. I'm keeping Eurasia because it makes for a nice big bonus area and because I don't think any other map has Eurasia so I might as well be the first.



whitestazn88 wrote:i think its a step forward because it doesn't seem like there are so many attack points.

but at the same time, i still think they could be more accurately placed if you're gonna drop down to that few.
for example: the one in alaska is do-able because one can think that the bering strait is pretty shallow, land bridge, etc. same with the one in the new york harbor, and the mexico one is roughly placed where one could picture the rio grande.

but then what of the two africa ones? don't really make sense... move one to western europe instead of north africa in my opinion, and maybe move the one in se africa to the other coast? i think the tanzania or congo rivers flow out to that side.


I don't think we can take the "try to be real" perspective. We have to go with what works for gameplay. I do, however, think that the connection to western Europe works well. probably the se atlantic to africa as well. it would make Indian more of a +3 and add to making Atlantic a 'big' bonus area like it is (and like Inklosed pointed out).

I do appreciate your post, but I can't really use the perspective you're coming from.




Juan_Bottom wrote:Shouldn't S. America be worth +2? Each of it's territories is an attack point.

I think you should drop Antartica, shrink it down, and try and add some other territories. Who ever would attack Antartica in real world?


I had meant to make the attack route be to Colombia since it already serves as a border but I guess I put it in the wrong spot. 3 territories. 2 borders. +1. not a killer if someone gets it from the drop but who doesn't like an extra army?

Who would ever attack the South Indian Ocean in the real world? Who would ever attack Greenland in the real world. If you want to convince me (which you're not going to be able to on this by the way) your argument will need solid logic and reasoning. thanks for the post though!

p.s. from a gameplay perspective, it's good to have the land as a 'dead end' on the south whereas we have the arctic ocean as a 'dead end' up north. I'd rather have one area where everything spreads out (in a way) instead of three bonus areas stopping at one point with nothing there. also having it be four territories is good because we already have two continents of three territories
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby MrBenn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:17 pm

edbeard wrote:right now I'm not worrying about graphics at all.

Has anybody mentioned that these graphics suck? Get a decent draft up if you want to be taken seriously... ;-)

On a slightly more serious note, have you put any thought into the 'golden' number of starting territories? I can't remember if 51 is considered golden or not?
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby InkL0sed on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:18 pm

I'm a fan of these graphics actually. Obviously needs a little touching up, but if you don't pay attention to the details... it looks nice.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:28 pm

MrBenn wrote:
edbeard wrote:right now I'm not worrying about graphics at all.

Has anybody mentioned that these graphics suck? Get a decent draft up if you want to be taken seriously... ;-)

Oh! I did! I did!

MrBenn wrote:On a slightly more serious note, have you put any thought into the 'golden' number of starting territories? I can't remember if 51 is considered golden or not?



according to Benjikat...
52,53 - the best sizes for slightly larger than standard maps

I have 51 so adding one territory somewhere might be a good idea (pacific ocean?). 52 is better than 51 since 52/4 = 13. whereas everyone would have 12 with 51.


I'll take your post as a 'I'm interested in doing your graphics' post so chop chop. :D

ok ok. I'll send you the psd to make it easier then chop chop.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby MrBenn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:55 pm

edbeard wrote:I'll take your post as a 'I'm interested in doing your graphics' post so chop chop. :D

ok ok. I'll send you the psd to make it easier then chop chop.

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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:14 pm

MrBenn wrote:
edbeard wrote:I'll take your post as a 'I'm interested in doing your graphics' post so chop chop. :D

ok ok. I'll send you the psd to make it easier then chop chop.

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you're heartless :D




I think the extra territory definitely has to be in the Pacific. I'd rather not add another border as keeping it as a +4 region seems smart to me. I could see it going in the area that borders alaska to baja-california and maybe spreading southwards to about that area where there looks to be a gap in the border. that way the north pacifc still borders the central-east pacific.

or

have it border china.

or

have it border alaska but not go west enough for it to border the bering strait
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby MrBenn on Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:19 pm

You could add a territory into the Med??

Instead of using arrows, surely ports/docks would make sense? Is there any real-world rationale for picking the places you have?
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:25 pm

MrBenn wrote:You could add a territory into the Med??

Instead of using arrows, surely ports/docks would make sense? Is there any real-world rationale for picking the places you have?



that'd be quite a mess considering how crunched up it is already in the europe area. And, this is the large map.


like I said, I'm just using the arrows for gameplay discussion but a good suggestion to keep in mind for whoever does the graphics.

there really isn't much real-world rationale for them. I'm shamelessly doing them for gameplay purposes because this is for a game. I'm sure I can find rivers and ports in all those areas and rationalize them that way (but that's not what you mean) but, yea, it's about the gameplay right now.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby InkL0sed on Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:54 pm

Yeah, that's the way to go, honestly. Game play trumps accuracy anyway.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby The Neon Peon on Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:56 pm

Split the map into way more territories, and this will have good gameplay. Just enlarge it, split it, and then some more. And after you think you are done, divide it up into even more territories.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:18 pm

The Neon Peon wrote:Split the map into way more territories, and this will have good gameplay. Just enlarge it, split it, and then some more. And after you think you are done, divide it up into even more territories.


seems like a weird request. why would you say something like th...what's that? click here?

oh. ohhh.


yea I don't think so. sorry. this is the territory size I want for this map.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby InkL0sed on Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:21 pm

Aww, and I thought there was something going on in this thread... :(

What's the latest on this map?
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:55 am

nothing at the moment. when Haiti gets quenched I'll do a gameplay update and see if I can get a few more people in here to seriously figure out if the gameplay is working. one thing I need to do is add another territory. like I said before it'll probably go in the pacific.

I'll probably have to put territory names and circles and see how the small map is going to look.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:07 pm

I posted this idea in a foundry discussion thread but I'll post it here to see what people think.

At one point while thinking about this map I thought about using the Classic image and adding water territories but I didn't do that for a few reasons. The number of water territories wouldn't be that high. The image would be very crowded. And, most importantly, I wanted this map to have it's own identity. But, considering the old map is gone, maybe it'd be something people would enjoy and I'm open to it. Anyone have a copy of the old image? perhaps PM it to me so I can see how much of a possibility it'd be.
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby MrBenn on Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:46 am

I'm surprised there isn't more discussion about this map...

Ed, give us some direction [-o<
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby Natewolfman on Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:49 am

you should turn the arrows into ports i think... when i see arrows i usually think passage way over mountains or over the river or something... but making them look like ports would seem more natural to this map i think
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Re: Land And Water v2p4 gameplay talk

Postby edbeard on Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:12 pm

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MrBenn wrote:I'm surprised there isn't more discussion about this map...

Ed, give us some direction [-o<


me too. more about this below.


Natewolfman wrote:you should turn the arrows into ports i think... when i see arrows i usually think passage way over mountains or over the river or something... but making them look like ports would seem more natural to this map i think


maybe. I'll leave this to whoever does the graphics. Again, I'm not gonna do 'em. If I have to get a gameplay stamp first before getting a graphicitician that's fine. I appreciate the comment but how about some gameplay comments!?! :D



DIRECTION and FOCUS


1. Gameplay, gameplay, gameplay. I realize the image looks very shitty. I'm not working on that. It's more than good enough for us to hammer out the gameplay. Let's get the gameplay done.


2. Lack of discussion is partly due to the lack of gameplay talk. I've added another territory to the pacific continent so we're at a good starting number. If you make a gameplay comment, I'll respond to it and other people will do the same.


3. Specifically...

a. how do you think the bonuses are? What would you change?

b. how do you like where the land-water connections are? which would you change (don't forget to comment on how this should/would change the continent bonuses)?


4. What doesn't really help are comments that are purely about changing the direction to something you'd prefer (EG: "you should put more territories on the map"). I think the basics are good on this map. However, if you disagree, tell me why and give me reasons why your idea would work. Hopefully you'd also give me ideas on ways to improve the way I have the map in the direction I'm taking it.
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