jefjef wrote:Well France shouldn't be easy to hold. The French can't hardly hold it. lol
Raskholnikov wrote:England is well balanced at 3. First, it does not have easy access to any land battles at all, and breaking through sea battles could easily lead to it being conquered if done too early in the game. So the +3 is vital to ensure its development in the middle game. Second, it reflects the historical reality of a slow English build-up at the stgart of the Napoleonic era, to its achieving a strong position towards its end. Here, too, the +3 is essential. Finally, a +2 would put it on the same level with the Ottoman empire and less than hald of France or Russia, which again makes no sense game play wise or historically. I strongly oppose any change in England's bonus for all these reasons.
France is tough to hold, just as Russia is, because they should be tough to hold given their bonuses and easy access to 5 land battles in and around their territories. So, again, I strongly oppose removing any territory from France or making any new impssable borders.
After the latest changes, I think the game is perfectly balanced and no other changes should be made - save minor ones not pertaining to game play, if necessary.
I agree wholeheartedly. Especially about UK. UK is the counterbalance to the Portugal/spain > France expansion, the back door if you will. Weakening UK would partially negate it's viability as a "home base" in the build games, but also, put further focus on "spain" as the ideal starting position.
In the dubs-esc games I play I see no problem with the map as it is. The nerfing of the scandinavian countires was a good call, and after that the map is in balance. I've never ever had any issue with the Naples area which was the other area of discussion. (though granted I play the map mostly sunny, and I can see potential advantages in the area for fog games)
For the Build games (standard, flatrate/No spoils 6-8 player) time is needed to play and assess. These games take time, hundreds of rounds, and real life Months. With this game type in mind, potential tweaks might need to be made down the line, but Kabanellas is a humble and friendly guy, and I'm certain he'll be willing to listen to such arguments if the time comes.
For now, all issues with the map seem to have been addressed, and any changes asked now seem more to be about personal preference than objective issues with the map... thus; Realease this baby from BETA!!