Review by Nathan
This map is extremely challenging. At first, I was sure it was imbalanced, so I played several games on it. After numerous playthroughs, I am convinced that it is imbalanced in favor of Persia, but not so imbalanced as I first believed.
That being said, the southern tip of India is immediately at risk from both Burma and Persia, whereas the other two corners can concentrate their fire on a single enemy, at least until mid- to late-game when the meet in the Ganges plain.
I'm not sure if the imbalance in the 3-player scenario can be addressed with map tweaks. Players may simply need to be prepared for asymmetrical challenges.
Although I did not see any broken connections, I do wonder why Vanni (in Sri Lanka) does not directly connect to the mainland, either to Tanjore or Madurai.
Instead of removing the sea territories, you could give them a high negative bonus, forcing players to choose between income and expansion. Also think about connecting Arabian Sea directly to Bay of Bengal.
Response by map creator MrOobling
Yes, I was afraid of that from the tests. It seems very hard to fix- the only possible solution I could think of is removing the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian sea. Do you think this will help?
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Review by MaikMcJuggle
Interesting small high quality map which is quite open without significant choke points. I enjoyed that one in a four player FFA and to my mind you can account for the "imbalance" when every player has enough start positions, so that's not really a problem here. However, when you really think of removing "Bay of Bengal", then you should also remove the "Arabian Sea" link. But I don't know whether this is necessary. Good work!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.