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Postby Jota on Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:07 pm

The skulls were actually accidental: I didn't even notice them myself until I started coloring in the continents.

When I add the sidebar about bonus armies to the graphic, should I also include a short note explaining the countries and borders?
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Postby thegrimsleeper on Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:20 pm

Yeah, if you don't the bug Report and Map Foundry forums will be inundated with "WTF posts"...

Great map btw. Where'd you get the idea?
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Postby Jota on Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:29 pm

I'm not quite sure. I was thinking about how all the existing maps seemed fairly mundane, and I was wondering what kind of non-standard map I could design without a lot of drawing skill (and without pirating images)... and it just sort of came to me.

Speaking of which, what's the general opinion (or more importantly, lack's opinion) of using images that are available on the Internet, without any explicit "please do not steal our pictures" notice?
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Postby thegrimsleeper on Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:50 pm

It's fairly easy to get around that. just tweak the image in Photoshop or something. If you've altered the image, it's not their picture anymore, it's something fresh.
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Postby AndyDufresne on Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:04 pm

Quite a unique idea, I'd be willing to play a game or two on it, but there's just something I like about taking over "countries" and continents. But it's still an imaginative piece of work, and hopefully it will inspire others to look for more unique visions into the RISK world.

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Postby Marvaddin on Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:15 am

It has certain lack of appeal to me... Conquering real countries and continents is better than conquer "25 across" (my opinion). Anyway, it can be playable, but its a bit confusing to know what is really a country. There are isolated squares with a different color... what this mean? What continent / country they belong? Its very strange parts of countries that shuffles with other countries. And where will you put the numbers? Are there 1 across and 1 down?

Im confused. I think its imaginative, but it will not have that much use... its very strange and unusual.
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Postby Jota on Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:42 pm

Those squares are the borders between two words that are two different colors. Since each color represents a different continent, that effectively makes them the borders between continents.

For example, 10-Across is part of the Red continent, and it's five letters long. Its last letter is also the middle letter of 8-Down, part of the Purple continent. Because the two words cross, 10-Across and 8-Down border on each other. A player who controls the Red continent can make inroads into Purple by attacking 8-Down from 10-Across.

Just like in a crossword puzzle, 1-Across and 1-Down are two different words (and thus, two different countries). Since they cross each other (in the upper-left square of the grid), they also share a border.
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Postby lackattack on Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:26 am

This map is now live!
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Postby Marvaddin on Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:36 am

As I said, much more difficult to read than a normal map. :x :x :x
This will surely be the less used map of all Conquer Club :roll:
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Postby AndyDufresne on Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:50 am

I think once maps start to become more unique and develop outside of standard geographic regions, it will hold it's own. ;) And plus, who likes to play that Brazil map? ;) (just kidding).

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Postby dagreatbroomhead on Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:50 am

just soes everyone knows, 15 across cannot be attacked....
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Postby Jota on Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:09 am

I just discovered that myself. Thanks for the report. I've sent a fixed version of the XML to lackattack.
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Postby KoolBak on Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:54 am

I think the map is great! All those years of doing crosswords make me feel right at home, but it still hurts my head to have to think differently.....

One more issue..I cannot fortify OUT of 43 accross......great work!

I was actually playing with a floorplan / map layout of a large mall....another idea.
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Postby Jota on Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:32 pm

Thanks. Another fix has been emailed to lack.

The mall sounds like a fun idea: it reminds me of Dawn of the Dead. I suppose that in a map where each "country" was a room, each "army" would really just be a single person...
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Postby lackattack on Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:39 pm

I put up the fixes Jota sent me.
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Postby zip_disk on Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:15 pm

38-Down is isolated. Hitting 36-Across is considered an illegal attack move and 41-Across doesn't appear in the dropdown menu.
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Postby Jota on Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:59 pm

Thanks. Another update has been sent to lackattack.
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Postby Twill on Mon Apr 03, 2006 10:53 pm

great idea, not sure it would be so very playable, but great idea indeed.
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Postby thegrimsleeper on Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:00 pm

Hey Twill, let's play a game on this one and find out how playable it really is!
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Postby zip_disk on Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:38 pm

Ahh, lack updated. It really hurt to have a 7 army that was trapped in a no card game.

Just for the heck of it I made a really ugly version of the map that was a little clearer on showing country borders. The bottom continent colors look too light though.
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Postby Marvaddin on Tue Apr 04, 2006 2:10 am

Maybe the squares with numbers ("names") should have little arrows pointing to the right direction of that country, as in direct crosswords. It will help, I believe. The map would be more readable...
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Postby thegrimsleeper on Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:48 pm

:? I've never seen a crossword puzzle that had arrows...
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Postby kingwaffles on Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:54 pm

Neither have I.... I like the way it looks now, the direction of the number should be fairly obvious if you are paying attention.
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Postby Jota on Tue Apr 04, 2006 1:13 pm

zip_disk wrote:Just for the heck of it I made a really ugly version of the map that was a little clearer on showing country borders.


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Postby KoolBak on Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:51 pm

Jota..I wanted to say that I LOVE this map ... thank you for your hard work-
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