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Re: Flanders 1302 Update June 22 V4 - Pg2

Postby hecter on Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:41 am

I also really like the new borders. As it was stated, text is easily manipulated.
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update June 22 V4 - Pg2

Postby oaktown on Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:01 am

Fantastic looking map for version 2, Dub. I concur with most of tack's concerns, above... especially the legend. In general the look is good, but turn your eye to the mechanics of the map - size of the text (too small on the small map) borders (easier to read now but I agree they don't look as nice) and the legend.

Also, I always appreciate it when a mapmaker makes his/her map only as big as it needs to me. The region you're covering is a fantastic shape for a horizontal CC map that allows everybody to see the entire map and all of the menus and BOB info on one screen, yet you're still close to the max size. I think the map might look tighter and be more practical if you lopped 40 pixels or so off the top of the map and adjusted you legend, title, and picture accordingly.

Keep up the nice work.
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update June 22 V4 - Pg2

Postby captainwalrus on Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:43 pm

Some cities are a little unclear. Like where is Kortrijk? It appears to be on the little island but the way the name and symbol are placed it is slightly off, making it unclear what it boarders. Can it attack Orchies? Making the symbol a little smaller and the river go further around the symbol would clear that up. Is a bridge necessary between Axel and Hulst? It looks like the river doesn't go althe way in, and it doesn't cut anything else off, so the river seems pointless. Sorry if my feedback is unclear.
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update June 22 V4 - Pg2

Postby oaktown on Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:06 am

Hi Dub,

In case folks aren't aware this map has been chosen to be a subject in our first Map Incubator, so hopefully you'll be seeing the same few faces pop in here weekly. As I see there hasn't been much movement since my last visit I'll just say keep up the excellent work! :D
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update June 22 V4 - Pg2

Postby lancehoch on Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:37 pm

I am part of that incubator team, so I thought I would give a few comments. Brugge looks like it is actually located in Damme, could you do something a little more like Gent, where the castle is located within the territory even if the name is not? If you are going to have army circles, I think the capitals look better, with the single pixel outline. The name Sint-Armands is a little hard to read, maybe swap the circle and the name or try wrapping the text and split the name at the hyphen.
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update June 22 V4 - Pg2

Postby thenobodies80 on Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:08 pm

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Your new draft is good. =D>
In addition to sharing concerns already pointed out up to now, two additional things:
This is your map with Vischeck (simulate colorblind):
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Vier Ambachten/Brabant isn't so clear :?
Maybe some corrections on rivers, like in the quick example i did:
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update June 22 V4 - Pg2

Postby mibi on Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:55 pm

This map is hot, keep up the good work.
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update Juli 3 V4 - Pg1

Postby DubWarrior on Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:55 am

Hi all,
Back with a Fifth draft.
Most of the changes i've done, is based on your comments.
Here's a quick list of some changes:

-placement of the capitals is now in it's territory
-spellings errors "independence", "French", "Flemish" are fixed.
- soften a bit the grungy background texture
- "capitals look like circus tents"...replaced by a small tower-symbol.
- changed the color of the impassable outline and it's filling.
- one type of bridge, and scaled them a bit.
- enlarged the minimap
- made a horizontal map of it
- the rivers go around the capitals now
- clearing up some river's, coast and bridges (like the one in axel/hulst)
- added a medieval looking border
-added a small drawing for the signature
- changed the position of the title and background information
-changed most colors, and checked it with Vischeck
-changed some borders, so that it becomes clearer which territories are adjacent.

I posted the small size on page one.

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Re: Flanders 1302 Update Juli 3 V4 - Pg1

Postby lancehoch on Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:55 am

Could you make the name Doornik a little darker? The other capitals seem to pop out a little more than that one. Great update though.
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update Juli 3 V4 - Pg1

Postby DubWarrior on Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:22 am

Some more feedback would be appreciated :D
I've been waiting some time, but nobody is reacting... Anyhow, i've got some time now to make some changes, so shoot your comments plz!

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Re: Flanders 1302 Update Juli 3 V4 - Pg1

Postby Bruceswar on Sat Jul 18, 2009 4:37 am

Here is my suggestion for you. I know you have been working hard on this map, but if you made the colors a bit richer without being overbearing it would look really good. You are on your way to a nice looking map. Good luck!
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update Juli 3 V4 - Pg1

Postby RedBaron0 on Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:56 am

Quite a good looking map here! Graphically, I think you need to add a bit of a glow behind your text. In most cases the names of the territories seem to be blending into the territory itself, and in a couple cases, like Antwerpen, the name crosses a border and part of the name is lost in the border. A glow or white shadow effect will have the text pop out.
I think you also need to make the color of the water a more distinctive color(a darker blue, or blue-green) The rivers towards the bottom of the map could be misconstrued as a regular border. Also the ocean color is almost identical to the color of Vier Ambachten bonus.
I know you increased the size of the mini-map, but it gets in the way of the Oostburg-Broeklburg connection. Try and keep it as big as possible, but you may have to shrink it down a smidge to get out of the path of the line.(mostly)

Gameplay wise, your bonus values seem a little low in some places, but not terribly so, and since this is a smaller map, you don't want to get too high, especially with the capital bonuses. It just seems to me that there are a lot of connections between bonus regions, especially in the small central regions of the map. For example: Rijks Vlaaneren is a +1 bonus where all 3 territories are borders into 5 territories in 4 different bonuses. It wouldn't be worth holding it to get just 1 extra army, even with the extra +1 for Aalst.
Why is Kortrijk completely cut off from the rest of its bonus? A bridge connecting it to one of the other territories in the bonus should be added.

Explain capitals to me some. From what I see, there are 3 capitals in one bonus region, and no capitals in 3 other bonuses. Are these more like areas of major uprising, or rebel strongholds? Maybe just a change in terminology will prevent any confusion, and if you do an auto-deploy as was already suggested it will add nicely to the theme, since you basically have inflamed peasants swelling the ranks of the Flemish armies in those regions.

Hope this helps, keep working at it, the map is quite good!
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update Juli 21 V6 - Pg1

Postby DubWarrior on Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:05 pm

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Things I changed:
-The color of Doornik, and its regions.
- made the colors brighter, more saturated
- changed the color of the sea
- changed the bonus for rijks-vlaanderen
- changed the bridge of kortrijk, so it is connected to its region
- changed the bridge between rijsel and ieper
- changed the color of the rivers (and I don't like it...my opinion...some others ideas?)
- replaced Capitals for Rebel Strongholds
- put some glow behind the citynames
- changed the searoutes (and kept the mini-map)

Thanks for your comments all, so far...Hope there's still interest in the map and its progress out there!
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update Juli 21 V6 - Pg1

Postby captainwalrus on Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:18 pm

Everything is much more clear now, well done.
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Re: Flanders 1302 Update Juli 21 V6 - Pg1

Postby whitestazn88 on Wed Jul 22, 2009 12:52 am

great work. i don't particularly like that the story is smaller now... but i can live with it
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