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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen(New Design with poll)

Postby mattosaurus on Fri May 15, 2009 11:21 am

Here's another update to the map:

I got the territory part of the XML complete and checked it with the tester and it showed up great. Now on to the continents and such.
Here's the large map with XML:

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I made the army circles 22 pixels across on both large and small to accommodate the numbers better when I move into XML stage.

I added a bit of scientific information for fun. I love learning something when I want to, and its off to the side and barely noticeable, so as not to interfere with gameplay.

I also added a few other attack points between the two molecules, which may make gameplay better.

I changed the bonuses to ones which I think are a bit more fair.

Old Info: 86 Territories
The long orange lines between the molecules are hydrogen bonds. The short ones are hydrophobic interactions and the black lines are covalent bonds.



Let me know if anything needs improving. I am working hard on keeping any updates and taking any advice into account.
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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen(XML version)

Postby gonffthethief on Fri May 15, 2009 4:26 pm

oaktown wrote:
mattosaurus wrote:At least the title I was going for the contrast between male and female, which is the point of the map...

I get what you were after, but there's nothing feminine about that font. It's decorative, yes, but the gothic serifs are actually very masculine in my opinion. There are better options that would work with the military font in that they would both be more contemporary...
http://www.fontspace.com/category/cute,girly

Maybe that's what bugs me - the elements aren't from the same era. You've got a quasi-futuristic knight in armor, a 1990s-looking 3-D representation of molecules, a mid 20th century stencil font, a 13th century gothic font, an early 20th century background, and a fairy tale princess.

And if you're going to go 3-D with the molecules, it looks odd to have nothing else on the map 3D.



Well I'm a girl and I think the Gothic text is great-- it's lighter, curvier, and more organic. In essence, more feminine-- while the one for testosterone is bold and solid. If you think Gothic is really masculine, perhaps you should go back and study your Abbé Suger and his theory of lux continua.
If you want to talk art and history and combining stark contrasting elements, think of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence. The bottom has a very solid with thick masonry that presents a very masculine feel while the piano nobile is lighter and more feminine, while the residence floor has the lightest masonry and thin arches. It uses many styles from contemporary to antiquity, yet you don't hear people complaining about Michelozzo's design...
In fact, take the High Renaissance. Can you say combining antiquity and contemporary? It's the epitome of that.
And having the molecules being the most 3-D is what makes the molecule stand out. The game is about the molecules. They shouldn't blend in with everything else in my opinion.
Art-nouveau? Organic themes have been seen since the beginning of art. There has always been an organic quality to art throughout history. I find it makes a great aesthetic contrast between the linear qualities of the molecules.

By the way, almost every girl at some point wanted to be a fairy tale princess. Why do you think Disney princess movies sell so well?

And obviously guys like the whole soldier/ warrior conquer deal, judging by the name of the website...
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Re: [Poll]Testosterone VS Estrogen(New Design)

Postby MrBenn on Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:43 am

[Moved]

It would appear that development of this map has stalled. If the mapmaker wants to continue with the map, then one of the Foundry Moderators will be able to help put the thread back into the Foundry system, after an update has been made. ;-)
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Re:Testosterone VS Estrogen(New Design)

Postby mattosaurus on Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:39 am

OK, so now we have two very different versions of the map that needs to be voted on. Based on the last comment, I've changed a lot of things around, starting basically from scratch. Now in this poll we're going for basic design, as neither map is completely finished. Also, there are two version of the new map: with army circles and without. So vote away!

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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V9)

Postby MrBenn on Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:17 am

[moved] back to the drafting room.

Of the three images, I prefer the top two (what are the differences between them?); although the concept of the map really doesn't have a great deal of appeal for me.

The image feels incredibly busy, and the colour-scheme distracts from the playable area... It's good to see that you've put a bit of thought into attack routes between the two halves of the map - your primary focus should be on gaining support from the wider community, and putting your thoughts into how the gameplay will pan out (with a view to ensuring balanced gameplay).
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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen

Postby luxCRUSADER on Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:42 pm

mibi wrote:Finally a Testosterone VS Estrogen map. I have been waiting for this since I got bored with classic.


..."ditto" here !!!

Matt ... don't lose hope... you're original artwork is the envy of many, but for this author... it is something to marvel at !!!

Maybe somehow you could tone-down the brightness on your impressive Graphics ability... but nonetheless: Great graphics bud !!!

I - like "mibi" in the above quote- can't wait to play on this !!! I hope the silent majority like myself get "outta the closet and speak up" !

Having said my peace... take care and have a great summer !

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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V9)

Postby mattosaurus on Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:58 pm

So we have an update to the New Design finally. I've been pretty busy, but I'm back. Here's the update to the new look. XML coming soon.
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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V10)

Postby mattosaurus on Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:44 pm

So in this draft I muted the background and changed a few other minor details. I really like this one a ton better. I hope you all like it better. Any comments are always appreciated.
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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V10 With Poll, please vote)

Postby AndyDufresne on Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:22 pm

Ahoy Mattosaurus,

I think you have a novel idea in regards to gameplay---the "army bonuses" as you term them. So I commend you on that. However, I think your achievements in the gameplay dept are hampered by the the current theme, and visuals, you have going. Testosterone and Estrogen don't quite scream appealing map theme.

But what if you took your general idea of gameplay, and applied it to something more befitting---say trying to control/harness chain reactions and interactions between molecules and elements, which then can be "used on your enemy" (I.E. your bonus deployment").

Anyways, I think you've got an idea, I'm just not sure this current execution is the best one.


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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V10 With Poll, please vote)

Postby ender516 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:02 am

I agree with Andy about the bonuses, but I would like to see a clarification regarding whether a 5-carbon ring can be a bonus on its own or part of the two- and three-ring bonuses, or it does it only come into the four-ring bonus.

I disagree with Andy about the theme. The struggle of male versus female is timeless.

I'm not sure what the background imagery is supposed to convey, and I'm not sure how well the male and female figures go with the rest of the picture. I don't think they necessarily have to be 3-D, but they do seem a bit flat compared to the molecules. The molecules stand out from the background as they should, but they appear to be resting on the background, while the figures seem a bit like flat pictures floating in front of the background. Perhaps the traditional astrological symbols for Mars (the shield and arrow ♂) and Venus (hand mirror ♀) would make good gender indicators.
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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V10 & 11 With Poll, please vote)

Postby mattosaurus on Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:47 am

So in this draft I muted the background and changed a few other minor details. I really like this one a ton better. I hope you all like it better. Any comments are always appreciated.
Sorry about the layout of the poll. The poll wouldn't accept any answers unless I had at least four, so I put the options in there several times.

So I added a symbol of man and woman as requested. I can leave it as is, switch out the pictures of the man and woman for the symbols, or have both in there as in the example. Will start a new poll soon on this.
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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V10 With Poll, please vote)

Postby AndyDufresne on Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:19 pm

ender516 wrote:I
I disagree with Andy about the theme. The struggle of male versus female is timeless.

I agree, though I think with the current graphics, it does nothing to this actual theme. The map could be labeled "Atom Wars" for all I know.


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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V10 & 11 With Poll, please vote)

Postby mattosaurus on Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:37 pm

AndyDufresne wrote:
ender516 wrote:I
I disagree with Andy about the theme. The struggle of male versus female is timeless.

I agree, though I think with the current graphics, it does nothing to this actual theme. The map could be labeled "Atom Wars" for all I know.


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So should I give some kind of story on the map? Would that give it more personal appeal, or would it just be unneeded fluff? Most people don't readily recognize the structures for these common steroids, but I guess that's one reason for it, for some education. We have plenty of maps that teach us history, but precious few that teach us anything about science. I know "learning" isn't really why we're here, but hey, I enjoy molecular structures, and this at least has a theme familiar enough to have an appeal. I could try to explain things better on the map, but i tried a bit and it just confused the map. So any idea as to how i can improve graphics or layout or the name in order to make it more apparent that the Male vs Female is the theme? I tried to do that with fonts and colors, but if you have a way to make it clearer that would be great.
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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V10 & 11 With Poll, please vote)

Postby Echospree on Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:32 pm

Maybe adjust the background itself so that while it's still muted, each part of the background implies the theme of the"side" it's on. I.e. make the estrogen-side background a dull pink.
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Re: Testosterone VS Estrogen (V10 & 11 With Poll, please vote)

Postby sailorseal on Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:13 pm

Maybe turn the Testosterone into a vague man shape and Estrogen into a vague women shape
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