Interesting very interesting. From what I've been reading it sounds like the stone castle as we know it evolved from wood fortifications some time around 1000-1100 AD. Many fortifications that had been around for hundreds of years were modified and transformed into stone castles.
Whether or not Wales was an independent kingdom is really un-important to this the map. The important part is that it was Wales.
Oneyed wrote:nice idea, I like it.
you can not have map from 600 to 1200. better say you can, but in 600 it was Anglo-Saxon England, in 1200 it was Norman England. there were much differences - in 600 there were no castles, there were another counties and land dividing.
also Wales was totaly independent and different country to the time when Normans annexed it to England.
I advise to go with Norman England around 1200. why? there were castles as you present them, you can find more informations and also because Wales...
I can help you with some things, but much depends on how much you can change gameplay or bonuses, which time period you will choose, how close to reality you can be...
For the most part I think you have the right of it here. I would definitely appreciate your help, and for starters I'll share what's been my primary piece of reference and inspiration for this map.
This is a page from Joan Bleaus's Atlas Maior of 1665, The Greatest and Finest Atlas ever Published. Obviously the map is from 1665 but the description of the map states:
Joan Bleau wrote:This map shows the division of England into the seven kingdoms of Kent, Sussex, Wessex, Essex, Nurthumberland, East Anglia, and Mercia, the so called heptarchy.
This is where I puled the bonus divisions from. All the names I just pulled from pretty obvious sources, and I did a bit of research on the castles.