No update at this time, but there's plenty to reply to... excuse me for not taking the time to quote everyone properly.i see you decided to go back and so challenges bonus returns +2.... I'm agree.
But with the bull startings as neutral or not?
I think neutral is the best choice in dispite to a small 2.75% of chances.
I'm thinking we start the bull as a normal territory. There are 44 territories, so whether or not it starts as as automatic neutral will only impact initial placement in four player games. My logic is that since there is only the one territory that can attack the bull, making it a neutral start means only one player has access to it. And if the Uruk player doesn't want to take the Bull, it effectively takes it out of play. I say let the players fight over it, and force the Uruk player to do something about it - as per history.I'm complitely agree with zone bonuses
Why +5 for 7 cities? there are 8 cities...it's more simple +5 for all cities
Does a bonus always have to involve all of the territories in question? I think partial control bonuses work well in Berlin. Anyway, if you hold all eight cities the game is probably over anyway.Wonderful layout....i don't like arrows (in general), but it's only personal.
The new yellow color is necessary but doesn't fit well like the old one, try to switch some colors?
I'm not so high on the arrows myself... I'll see what i can do. I can cool the yellow down a bit as well; it definitely sticks out in the legend.This map is ace - Oaktown is a god.
Not sure I follow, tell me more. the new placing of your signature is better but I still think it'd look cooler if done more in a more subtle manner by being next to the title and maybe with a "carved/chiseled into the stone" look
Agreed - I'll try to make it better fit the overall map.Suspect as it stands, the game will go to someone who gets one of the niche +2's then successfully gets Sumer.
Perhaps Subartu should be +6 or +7... or one of the cities should be moved from Sumer to Subartu.
Strategically, if I started in Elam I'd cetainly go after Sumer, with the bonus of picking up an army for the cities as I've taken half of Sumer. But a player who starts across the board may have an easier time at that first +2, and if you're lucky enough to nab it early you can expand into the adjoining +2.
Subartu is already a +6 when you add the city bonus. In my opinion Sumer and Subartu should be the same bonus - Sumer technically has one fewer territory, but you really have to count the Bull as a territory or else it's an extra border. Subartu has one more border (6) than Sumer (5), but all of the borders have only one enemy border, making expansion extremely easy. I think that rather than changing the values, I would propose adding an attack route across the eastern river - Eshnuna to Banylon maybe. Perhaps connect Rapiqum to the bull of heaven? One way only. Make it less of a dead end?
A secret passage not mentioned in the epic?
Erm, I would balk at this one. Gilgamesh stood at the gates of his city and fought the Bull, losing Enkidu in the process. I'd like to be true to the epic here.Also the continent across the water from grey. +4 border terits versus a +4 bonus. Very weak. Can we break that link from Mari the grey to it. That way it would make an interesting combination with the neighbouring continent on the West.
Imagine Africa (+3) in the classic map - if you add a connection from South Africa to Brazil, does it become a +4 or a +5. Six territories, four borders, two of the borders only have one enemy and are thus very easy to expand from. I like that region as a start, because it's a healthy bonus and you can add two cities very easily.