I know your still working out text for clarity but I just wanted to weigh in on the "scroll" concept. I really like the idea and along those lines you could try just a parchment look and have it laying on a table like the Route 66
map. That would let you theme it a bit with maybe a candle off to one side holding down the corner of the parchment and maybe a dagger or some gold coins in the other corner. You could even skew the unit circles to match the flatter skew of a map on a table like it did with The Conquer 500
About the bonus text... is the bonus structure as follows?
+2 Northern Water Clan (2 territories, 1 capital, 1 shrine)
+6 Upper Earth Realms (7 territories, 1 capital, 0 shrines)
+7 Lower Earth Realm (8 territories, 1 capital, 1 shrine)
+3 Fire Empire (6 territories, 1 capital, 1 shrine)
+5 Air Monks (7 territories, 0 capitals, 1 shrine)
+2 Southern Water Clan (3 territories, 1 capital)
Did you check the bonuses with the continent bonus calculator
? I tried it and here is what I got.
+2 Northern Water Clan (2.08) looks good+6
Upper Earth Realms (7.33) might be worth a bump to +7
+7 Lower Earth Realm (7.08) another spot on+4
Fire Empire (3.88) might want to bump to +4+9
Air Monks (8.75) wow this one is spread out and can get hammered from all sides +9 might be more appropriate
+2 Southern Water Clan (1.92) looks like +2 works
+10 Master All Four Elements ... does this mean that you need to hold all 4 shrines?... the calculator would suggest this is at (4.67) and maybe a +5 bonus would seem more appropriate.
Possible better wording ... "Master an element by holding its spirit shrine. When you have mastered all four elements you are granted a +5 bonus.
" ... it is a little more long winded but you have map space.
+5 call upon the order of the phoenix. Does this mean that I need to hold all 4 capitals to get this bonus? Again the calculator comes up at 8.75. a +9 or +10 bonus seems more appropriate here.
Control a capital to enlist a member of the order of the phoenix... I assume this goes with the +5 bonus for calling upon the order.
Possible better wording ... "Control a capital city to enlist a member of the order of the phoenix. When you control all four capitals the order grants you a +5 bonus.
" BTW... Great job so far =)