As some already know, for the last three days or so, I have been trying to draw my very first map.
My main goal was to make an alternative Europe Map, especially for 3v3 gameplay, but encouraging different strategies than the famous Troll's Eur. For this i have empowered southeast region by dividing france and spain to smaller boni, introduced many standalone +1 boni and harbors, which make long distance movement a tad faster. Later, during testing I will try to determine best bonus shapes and values, and i will most likely place some barriers where the high mountains are (for example carpatia and alps) to create safe spots, and tight passage hotspots.
Secondary goal was to make a map that would simply look good. btw, In my opinion most Warlight's mapmakers seem to underestimate the importance of how the map looks. After all even the best strategic maps may discourage players if they look badly, and not less important - with better looking maps, mapmakers directly make Warlight a better looking game, since it's looks are dominated by maps, not interface. (in other words - even with the perfectly designed beautiful interface, warlight would not look great without good looking maps)
I know it might have ended up badly, but i decided to make this thread after i finish the core of the map, not before I even start - like most people do.. It was partly because I didn't know if I would succeed and not leave it after a few takes, and partly because I just don't like showing people scratches and shapeless stuff. I wanted the map to be properly sketched before asking you for any opinions. I was worried since i have never before used inkscape, but the program turned out to be indeed very intuitive and simple.
At the moment the map has most of the teritorries, I still am not sure how much of Russia will be included - I will either go with it for full coverage, or 1/2 teritorry-wide crossborder area and some eye candy on the rest of the continent. Most of the boni shapes are (pre)defined, but the bonus values are practically random, and will be thought of later on.
Once again - I remind - this is just something i believe to be a "proper sketch" - which means - territory shapes, divisions, names, bonusses and bonus values, as well as fancy graphics and not even mentioning bug fixes (especially those annoying artifacts on territory borders when zooming) are subject to change and/or are not yet included.
Here's the map:
Thx in advance for any suggestions and opinions.