Posted on 04/08/07 @ 01:16 PM (updated 09/21/07
A map of Europe. The kingdoms are transformed into new kingdoms. And any mistake in the geography, I'll blame on the abrupt change from real world into magical realms. Enjoy! Please post a review, if you please...
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Well done here. makes player really want to explore the map and see how the author portrayed Europe, while the amount of races and differences of their starting location grant high re-playability.
Quite good, most of races have rather equal starting position. Could have been 5 for this, but unfortunately, the Orcs seem slightly weaker than most of other races, since starting location guarantees you fighting on several fronts (though this can be helped by good choice of alliances between the players) and it's usually harder to grab friendly cities; secondly, the High Men and (especially) the Dark Elves can easily block the way to their peninsulas so they are a bit privileged at the start. But still, it's pretty well balanced.
Very original idea! There are a few intelligently placed teelports, and some altars that could found base for more complicated tactics if captured (although I'm not sure if it's worthy, because it's rather hard to spare an army to capture one). There are few exploration place (the crypt near Moscow doesn't contain any monsters or items, Crazy you should fix that) with author's made items, but they are really overpowered and might allow easy Uberheroing; fortunately enough, other players should keep you off sparing an army to search for one.
Map Design: 3
This was very hard to rate for me. There is a number of nicely detailed areas (e.g. Ireland and other isles, most of mountain ranges, neighbourhood of castle ruins east of Paris), but the rest of maps is unfortunately largely barren, even when taking into consideration that's an XL size map. The continent is well-shaped and in spite of a few details (e.g. Rhine and Danube connected), highly accurate, but disappointing in terms of aesthetic: straight lines at almost all coast, to omit the Scandinavian Atlantic coast and the smaller islands.
All in all, worth 4, but caused me hesitate for a moment while rating. There background is OK but quite shortish, and the signs, though interesting, are rare. However, there are some message pop-ups - not much, but good (I especially liked those that show up in Irish towns), and finally, the same idea of having German armies under Otto von Bismarck battling Xerxes' Persians was enough to provide player some weird but funny atmosphere.
All things considered, good try CrazySlyHawk. The map design seems the place for improvement, but it's good at other points, and scenario is worthy a try in general. Keep it up!