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New Earth Map: 6/16/2014 02:00:27

Qi 
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Ra and I are working on a new Earth map (well, he is working, I just look and type). Here are some of the changes made:

-1- It's a new map that has the silhouette of Earth/Medium Earth/Heavy Earth but has different bonus divisions, new territories, and new strategies.

-2- The map's geostrategy is more based on historical realities, not fantasy. For example, Antarctica's snow, ice, and penguins will not be critical elements to your war effort. The penguins have called for an armistice. South America will become a continent again, with its own internal battles. Six historically significant islands will be added to improve connectivity, largely based on historical or current maritime routes. Cutting through the Amazon, climbing the Andes, riding your camel across the Sahara, or sailing across an entire ocean will no longer be such facile accomplishments done in one turn.

-3- Territories and bonuses are named based on geographic, political, or historical names. Inclusivity and accuracy are the goals. If naming territories and bonuses as accurately as possible were an exam, the makers of Earth and Medium Earth would get a 60% to 70%. The Earth series names range from accurate to lazy and from bad to wrong. The new map addresses this.

Examples of bad names for territories: "Hong Kong" (can't even see the island on the map, yet it is an entire region?); "Israel" (according to WL's dearest map, Muslim citizens in states that don't even recognize Israel's existence belong to this state they don't recognize!), "Kenya" (this is actually Tanzania! The country of Kenya is entirely in the territory north of the territory "Kenya"), and "Botswana" (the country of Botswana is actually in the territory of "Namibia"). The names of territories in Africa are especially atrocious.

Examples of bad names for bonuses: "Indonesia" (so, this is the only country in this area of the world?), "West China"(who cares about Mongolia's status as a sovereign state), "Greenland" (Iceland belongs to Greenland?), "North Africa" (most political scientists and geographers have different classifications of what constitutes North Africa), "Australia" (sorry Kiwis, your country belongs to Australia; using the same logic, Canada should just be called Northern US), "East China" (sorry Taiwanese, WL follows the one-China policy, and it is not your China).

-4- Using the logic of the WL Wiki's "Guidelines for making a great map: Minimize long connections or drastically uneven territory size," (http://wiki.warlight.net/index.php/Map_guidelines) the largest territories have been broken up: "Argentina," Brazil, huge chunks of Canada, "Italy," "Ukraine," "India," "Algeria," "Sudan," "Mali," "South Africa," etc. There will be greater homogeneity and coherence in terms of territory size and shape.

-5- Ever wonder what is going on with that deceptive non-connection where Midwest touches Texas but there is no connection? On the new map you will be able to tell what is and is not connected.

-6- The map will have 175-185 territories and 34-36 bonuses, so team games, FFAs, and 1v1s will all be possible.

Edited 6/18/2014 13:30:49
New Earth Map: 6/16/2014 02:09:12


{rp} Clavicus Vile 
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Sounds awesome. Do you mean for this to replace Medium Earth in the long run? An Enhanced Medium Earth, or just an entirely seperate map with seperate strategies and pos/negative points?
New Earth Map: 6/16/2014 02:16:53

Qi 
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People play what they want and Fizzer does what he wants.
New Earth Map: 6/16/2014 06:02:15


Vulpes
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New Earth Map: 6/16/2014 14:30:55


[WM] Gnuffone 
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when the map will be done? if he already upload some test version on WL, can you link that?
New Earth Map: 6/16/2014 15:42:29


New Phone
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+1 ;)
New Earth Map: 6/18/2014 05:01:37

Qi 
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Anyone else want to vote on a name? http://vote.pollcode.com/42982721

When will it be done? I don't know. Some time this month or early next month I'd guess.

Edited 6/18/2014 05:05:30
New Earth Map: 6/18/2014 13:11:18


Vulpes
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Bonuses (armies given : territories)

5 in Africa --> 2:4, 3:5, 3:5, 3:5, 4:6
3 in South America --> 3:5, 3:5, 4:6
Central America --> 3:5
4 in US (counting Alaska) --> 2:4, 2:4, 2:4, 4:6
3 in Canada --> 3:5, 3:5, 3:5
Greenland --> 4:6
3 in Europe --> 2:4, 2:4, 3:5
Russia (being drawn)
2 in China --> 4:6, 3:5

the rest of Eurasia & Oceania -->
Middle East 4:6, Central Eurasia 4:6, SE Asia 3:5,
East Indian Archipelagos 3:5, Australia 4:6, West Pacific 1:3, Polynesia 1:3

Edited 6/18/2014 13:12:16
New Earth Map: 6/18/2014 13:20:10


professor dead piggy 
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good idea. the altered kill rates make getting a bonus much easier. I think getting 2 bonuses on turn 2 is quite feasilbe in most iterations, so reducing the income:territory ratio was necessary.
New Earth Map: 6/18/2014 13:36:11

Qi 
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Yeah, I have been doing this to Medium Earth and Earth templates for about three years. I prefer it this way for this type of map. Open the map up. Keep the number of territories per bonus limited to 6 or 7. And then you can even play with 4-5 starts and auto-distribution and still have fun, balanced games.

Team picking is annoying. You talk forever. Maybe you agree. Maybe you run out of time and just throw out any picks. The pick lottery gives one team a strategic advantage. Boring.

With auto-distribution, you can relax. Save time. Just get down to playing. Sometimes the system gives one team an advantage. But if the board is balanced and there are enough picks, this is less likely.

Edited 6/18/2014 13:38:21
New Earth Map: 7/5/2014 14:46:36


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New Earth Map: 7/5/2014 16:22:35


Urfang
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This Final Earth is awesome. Its pending to public?
New Earth Map: 7/5/2014 16:27:05


pip
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Somebody make a Strategic Final Earth tournament!
New Earth Map: 7/5/2014 17:05:46

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Be patient, we're playing some test games.
New Earth Map: 7/5/2014 19:18:05

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New Earth Map: 7/5/2014 20:49:12


Beren • apex 
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The territory currently called Great Plains is in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. If you want a territory called Great Plains, you should probably rename the one called Midwest to Great Plains.
New Earth Map: 7/6/2014 20:00:49

Qi 
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