AndyDufresne wrote:The legend text on the left side of the map bothers me a little. I liked how in RAIL USA the legend text was nestled into a bottom corner--it seemed like a perfect fit there.
But the legend text on this map doesn't look so appealing free floating in its current area. I'd almost rather have it set in some sort of box, just so it doesn't look like it was typed onto the map as an after thought.
To start this is not Rail USA, so please i think it would be disastrous to compare Rail USA and Rail Europe...also two different mapmakers as you realise.
While it can be tidied up and re-positioned, i think the legend text floats in Rail USA also, it is not boxed. There is no room left on this map to place a box for the legend text.
One thing I enjoyed visually about the RAIL USA map was the contrast between the dull gray and the dark blue. It made the map stand out and catch my eye, but the over all gray tone blends together too much for my taste...
Also, in regards to the gameboard, are you going to add any texture or subtle hue changes? The even toned black looks a little too perfect and 'Microsoft Paint Filled'.
I can add that if you think it is needed. I don't think it is needed and would be disastrous because there is not the same eye-space real estate on this map as there is on Rail USA.
In regard to the overall gray tones, i think it is necessary to compliment the colours of the cities and lines. I have tried to change the back ground colours and tones and it doesn't work well with all the other colours in this map. Any more colour and it will start looking like a gay mardi gras.
I also wanted this map to have overall olden day appeal to it...afterall this is where rail was first started way back when, thus the colours of grays and browns and yellow-sandstone and black.
But that said, RAIL USA has enjoyed a nice fan base, and I can see those enjoying this map also!
I agree, but perhaps the Europeans who enjoyed Rail USA will now migrate to their own territory.