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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V2) - New Silhouette

Postby cairnswk on Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:21 pm

Night Strike wrote: Putting pyramids on the map would also be nice.

As in silhouettes?
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V3)

Postby cairnswk on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:53 am

Version 3.

1. Removed the dark drop shadow on the continent.
2. Fixed those incorrect station identities
3. Changed the colour on the Inlander Line to brown
4. Inserted a B & W print of the Nairobi Railway Stations in the back ground
5. The legend will probably go for a simple railway type sign as it is very big.

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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V3)P3 -New Background

Postby captainwalrus on Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:53 am

I like this much better. IS there a bonus for holding the main hubs? Why not?
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V3)P3 -New Background

Postby SultanOfSurreal on Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:46 am

the slats on the rail connections need to be much thinner or the connections be turned back into solid lines. as it stands now, they look like checkerboards.

title needs work too... that is seriously cliche and not very compelling, but i understand not mussing with it now.

really loving the lotus flower-like hubs. great idea.

overall this is looking promising. I've never played the other rail maps but they are interesting, and seeing the concept expanded is exciting.

when are we getting rail antarctica?
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V3)P3 -New Background

Postby gimil on Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:38 pm

Just a small thought cairns.

Why not colour code the part of the legends that decodes territory names with the example you give? Sort of like this:

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Obviously better colour it than I did but you get the idea.

Oh, and your image is a few px to big ;)
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V3)P3 -New Background

Postby captainwalrus on Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:30 pm

The viper (J) is marked as I in a few places.
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V3)P3 -New Background

Postby cairnswk on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:53 pm

captainwalrus wrote:The viper (J) is marked as I in a few places.

thanks cappy...fixed next version
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V3)P3 -New Background

Postby cairnswk on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:54 pm

gimil wrote:Just a small thought cairns.

Why not colour code the part of the legends that decodes territory names with the example you give? Sort of like this:

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Obviously better colour it than I did but you get the idea.

Oh, and your image is a few px to big ;)

All fixed. Thanks Gimil :)
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V3)P3 -New Background

Postby melech14 on Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:03 pm

this looks like a great map. nice bright/highly contrasting colors - and the black rails - and the white background on territory markers make this easier to read.

if the white territory markers were a bit larger than the number text, then it would be even better.

any idea when this map will be done?
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V3)P3 -New Background

Postby cairnswk on Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:25 pm

melech14 wrote:this looks like a great map. nice bright/highly contrasting colors - and the black rails - and the white background on territory markers make this easier to read.

if the white territory markers were a bit larger than the number text, then it would be even better.

any idea when this map will be done?


Thanks Melech14 for commenting. We have to get it out of Drafts first, before it even looks like becoming a map.
Version 4 shortly.
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V4)

Postby cairnswk on Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:32 pm

Version 4.

1. Added railway carriages to the Nairobi Railway station
2. added simple african triangle design border in earthy colours
3. put colour to the suggestions by Gimil for the "destructions"
4. changed the "line indicators" on the map to longer thicker lines so they don't look like checker boards
5. Added two bonuses for the RBK and PRA stations

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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V4)P3 - New Frame, Carriages & Design Elements

Postby captainwalrus on Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:42 pm

What are the carriages? Nairobi looks just like all the other stations. I like this muchy more than when it started.
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V4)P3 - New Frame, Carriages & Design Elements

Postby cairnswk on Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:03 pm

captainwalrus wrote:What are the carriages? Nairobi looks just like all the other stations. I like this muchy more than when it started.

In the background image, i've added carriages to Nairobi station to make it look more like a train station.
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V4)P3 - New Frame, Carriages & Design Elements

Postby Teflon Kris on Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:42 pm

Nice map so far - would have preferred an ancient river niger civilisation map though - maybe a project somebody might take up another time.
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Re: RAIL AFRICA (V4)P3 - New Frame, Carriages & Design Elements

Postby SultanOfSurreal on Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:06 pm

while I like the thinner rail lines, I think you misconstrued what I was getting at. The slats themselves (the colored portions) are too thick compared to the black portions. There should be a few more of them and they should be thinner.

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now that I think about it they may also look better if they stuck out a tiny bit past the black sections. And maybe you could go whole hog and add little metal rails to either side (the actual "rail" part of the railroad)

and if i may ask, why did you choose Rabak as one of the main hubs? it's not a very large or influential city. cairo or nairboi would make more sense.
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