Thanks for the feedback so far. See my comments below...
Andy wrote: One obvious problem is country dispersion. Take a look at the west, and then look at Africa and beyond. Would be rather difficult to fit names and army shadows in the smaller areas.
Marvaddin wrote: this is obviously why the classic map is that way we all know. It simply cant have all real countries.
Sully800 wrote: I've also been thinking about a World Map instead of the classic map....one with a lot of countries compared to the classic map. However you can't include EVERY country you have on your map right now because as others said the playability would be terrible. Many of the smaller countries would need to be consolidated into larger ones....and some of the larger ones could possibly be broken up into smaller ones. But if you do that then you are on the path of literally recreating the classic map....so I don't know.
I agree and I'm hoping to address this two ways. First on the pure logistics of fitting the circles and names I've cut a few corners and I think I've managed to squeeze everything in reasonably though it is tight. The second challenge is the discrepancy in number of countries per continent and number of borders. I think the borders are the smaller problem and can be dealt with by a few country mergers and sea routes. The country counts are tougher as balance would require radical changes in political boundries either splitting NA into states/provinces or major mergers in Asia and Africa. I don't want to do either if the problem can be solved by creative use of bonuses. I could however be persuaded to do the split Canada and US into states/provinces if playability requires. Do any of the existing maps have significantly different numbers of countries per continent, I've mostly played classic and a little europe so far? The merger route doesn't appeal as I think we'd pretty quickly end up with a knock off of classic which isn't the intent.
As an aside do you think that a 1000 or even 1200 pixels wide maps is possible given the way the sites is coded, it looks to my (uneducated) eye that the game play code and XML would work with an arbitrary map size but I don't know whether the layout would break, etc.
Marvaddin wrote: Ps: by the way, you forgot Denmark.
Thanks for the reminder. When I looked at the map to add them now with the text and circles I think I'll have to sacrifice the Danes to the pixel count and merge them with Germany. Dear Denmark, it's nothing personal and please don't take away my Carlsberg as punishment. Dear Germany, you owe me one and what with Octoberfest coming up....
Speisr wrote: No offense, but this map is terrible...
Happysadfun wrote: And it wouldn't hurt to merge western sahara and morocco. the latter conquered the former. ireland+britain does not equal uk and never will! You should merge more little countries and split big ones like brazil, us, canada, and russia. it would be way too hard to hold russia. 8 borders could be a continent in itself! Hey that's a pretty good idea i made. Split Russia up and make it a continent! And Indonesia is widely considered to be Asian rather than Australian. But keep the Papua in there.
Probably will merge western sahara and morocco though I'm not sure what the legal status of the latter is. I'm resisting splitting or merging for the reasons above and I've arbitrarily put indonesia in Oceana/Australia given it's island nature. I agree Russia will be hard to defend this will need to be addressed either by making it particularly valuable to hold or perhaps by reconfiguring it's borders. See P Gizzle's suggestion and my comments below.
P. Gizzle wrote: maybe, since you included Alaska, include Hawaii. There would only be one way in, from Indonesia, and one way out, to US
I like this idea and want to include more of the pacific islands (I was dying to make a last stand on Fiji
) So far though given the 800 pixel limit I've decide to sacrifice the oceans (I've smooshed the Atlantic and the grey swoosh wrap arounds in the pacific will need to be cropped) in order to maximize the space for land mass. I think we should see how the bonuses work out and how the map plays and then North America or Oceana are relatively too strong add Hawaii to give the both one more border. But I don't feel strongly about it what do you think?
Happysadfun wrote: Good map. But get rid of the little apostrophes.
I was trying to use them to distinguish the 'fake' from the real countries though I realize I missed including them in several of my made up/merged countries. Do you think it's worthwhile to include them if I'm consistant or should they go for all countries?
Thanks for the comments and suggestions so far.