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[Abandoned] Mesoamerica

Postby natty dread on Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:50 am

Map Name: Maya - The Classic Era
Mapmaker(s): natty_dread
Number of Territories: 45
Special Features: No-bonus regions, collection bonuses
What Makes This Map Worthy of Being Made: It has unique theme and interesting gameplay

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Thanks to Oaktown for the original idea for this map.


Gameplay:

The capitals start as neutral 3:s, everything else is random. This gives 39 starting regions, which gives:

2 players: 13 regions each, 22 neutrals
3 players: 13 regions each, 6 neutrals
4 players: 9 regions each, 9 neutrals
5 players: 7 regions each, 10 neutrals
6 players: 6 regions each, 9 neutrals
7 players: 5 regions each, 10 neutrals
8 players: 4 regions each, 13 neutrals

Capitals give bonus for their neighbouring regions. Trade routes give a bonus for holding all regions along a trade route.
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby Oneyed on Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:01 am

I look at some of your maps and I am always wonder what a nice graphic you do with GIMP. (f*ck, I can not :D ). :)

I think it is clear idea, just kick off trade route from Palenque - its only capital which lies on trade route... or add trade route to each capital...

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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby natty dread on Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:02 am

Oneyed wrote:I am always wonder what a nice graphic you do with GIMP.


All it takes is practice.

Oneyed wrote: its only capital which lies on trade route...


Why does it matter?
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby Oneyed on Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:21 am

natty_dread wrote:Why does it matter?


capital is needed for regions bonus. and this one capital gives you also trade route bonus...
do you think is it possible to add one trade route to southeast?

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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby natty dread on Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:24 am

Oneyed wrote:capital is needed for regions bonus. and this one capital gives you also trade route bonus...


Yes but Palenque is in the middle of the map, it's the worst spot strategically, so doesn't it deserve a bit higher bonus?

Oneyed wrote:do you think is it possible to add one trade route to southeast?


By contrast, southeast is very secluded and there already is a trade route connecting to it.
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby sannemanrobinson on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:02 am

Would be nice to make a First Nations series with Inca, Inuit etc. too.
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby natty dread on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:29 am

A bit of theme-appropriate background can't hurt:

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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby koontz1973 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:36 am

Might be an idea to join the trade routes to each capital. They would of been the centre of trade. So get them all starting and ending in capitals with the odd cross over for an added extra fighting territ.
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby Flapcake on Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:41 am

natty_dread wrote:A bit of theme-appropriate background can't hurt:

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It's realy a nice map you done there, the color scheme is straight in the eye, I'd really like pastel colors, the mountains, you just hit spot on, you know trees and mountains can get people to discuss for weeks or more, I hopes it does not happen here becourse they fit just perfect (volcan is uber cool)

capital / temples might be a bit more Inca / Mayan style stepped pyramid.

Otherwise, I have not much to say, that beside yoguslavia this is one of your best =D>
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby natty dread on Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:54 pm

koontz1973 wrote:Might be an idea to join the trade routes to each capital. They would of been the centre of trade. So get them all starting and ending in capitals with the odd cross over for an added extra fighting territ.


But that would make them all really unfeasible as bonuses, so what would be the point in having them...

The capital icons are temporary, I'll be redoing those at some point.
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby koontz1973 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:11 pm

natty_dread wrote:
koontz1973 wrote:Might be an idea to join the trade routes to each capital. They would of been the centre of trade. So get them all starting and ending in capitals with the odd cross over for an added extra fighting territ.


But that would make them all really unfeasible as bonuses, so what would be the point in having them...

The capital icons are temporary, I'll be redoing those at some point.

Not really, it would just make them a later game bonus. Right now with your 3 you have 2 at 4 territs and one at 5 (I know the mountains are there so only 4 territs to defend, but you still need to take 5 territs) to get the same bonus.
By having them start and finish on the capitals neutral 3, you remove all drop bonus (however small it is).
If you want to keep them small, you can.
Teotihuacan to Palenque (5 territs)
Palenque to Cichen (5)
Cichen to Tikal (4)
Tikal to Copan (4)
Copan to Danipaguacho (7)
Some will be harder to get than others but this will give players options to think about and fight over in the larger games.
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby natty dread on Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:57 pm

koontz1973 wrote:Not really,


Yes really. A string of 5-6 regions in a straight line with each region a border? That's an unfeasible bonus, especially on a map this size, and no one's going to try holding it. "Late game bonus" basically translates to "bonuses you hold when you've already won the game".

Also I don't want all bonuses to be dependent on the capitals, which will be starting neutral. I want there to be some bonuses you can take without taking neutrals. I'm not too worried about people dropping the trade routes, the smallest of them are 4 regions, and even if it becomes a problem it can be solved with starting positions.
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby natty dread on Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:51 pm

Improving the graphics a bit.

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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby Industrial Helix on Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:35 pm

Glad to see this map on the move.

It might be cool for the non-affiliated area to have a rebellious decay.
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Re: Mayan Empire [19.1.12] p1

Postby koontz1973 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:24 am

But right now your trade routes make no sense. They are just randomly placed dots on a map.
If I have goods to sell in Kaminajuyu, why would I travel all the way to Mitla when my capital is right next door. Surly I can sell my goods there for a better price and not have to go through hostile territory. And why does no one want to sell to the Tikal people?
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