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Rockies Enlarged

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Buz This is a modified version of the original 'Rockies' map, as with the 'Hispaniola Enlarged' map, it is twice the size. No rating is wanted as it was not scripted by me but a few comments on how it played would be nice..
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Achaean Lionness
Hi Buz,

Thanks for sharing your efforts here.

I’ve just tested this one and can offer my few thoughts whatever their worth.

Assuming that this one was created (enlarged) by you for the same reason stated for your ‘Hispaniola Enlarged’ - namely for a larger map area which isn’t at the extreme of those giants enlarged by Kyle Leach.
That in mind, I still must say I don’t think the size increase (at 2x the default) enlarges them significantly-enough to really make much difference – neither in the over-all experience nor in “playability.”

One can ‘tell’ they are larger than the default, but that’s about it.
The few extra steps to cross the valley at 2x the size is negligible IMO.
I would – even this being said – Yet prefer this one at 2x to the default, which are perversely tiny.

My two suggestions are:

1) Perhaps you could try three or four times the default, which would be the smaller “intermediate” ground between the default size and the Giants of Kyle Leach?
Default x3 ? / Default x4 ?

2) Whether or not you’ll experiment any further with any more (truly) intermediate size maps, perhaps you should include with this one, and any future ones(?) – the same explanatory note you give with ‘Hispaniola Enlarged.’

My System is definitely high-end and I don’t have any issues running even Kyle’s monster-maps (excepting 3 –vs- 3 in BIG Amazonia!), but that hardly obviates the fact that many others Do have lower end systems and will surely appreciate your efforts here at achieving a Somewhat Larger than the default, but yet-playable & enjoyable size Random Map.

If yours are ‘just’ 2x the default size – and Kyle’s are 10x – yours can’t quite be called an ‘average intermediate.’
There may yet be a greater (more popular) desire for the Average Intermediate than for a slightly enlarged version of the default.
Again tho’ – whichever you’ll choose to do – I’d encourage you to include a like note in your description (as you did with your ‘Hispaniola Enlarged’).

Thanks again …
~ Lionness
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Thanx for the comments lionness, have re-done the 'Rockies' map at 4x the size and low-and-behold my machine can handle it..I did'nt think it could..Anyway, will test again with different ammount of players and upload the modified version.

[Edited on 05/01/06 @ 10:20 PM]

Achaean Lionness
My pleasure, Buz …

I just watched the replay of one of my wars fought on your Enlarged Rockies. Interesting – but same impression watching the replay. The size difference (relative to the default) seems almost entirely cosmetic.

“..have re-done the 'Rockies' map at 4x the size and low-and-behold my machine can handle it…”

Excellent! Glad to hear that …
I for one look forward to giving that a try as well should you upload it.

If you have the time & inclination to enlarge any others to 4x default – I’d really appreciate having such intermediate size RMS’s for the following:

New England
Great Plains

..The others I could take or leave with relative indifference but the above mentioned I use “all the time” – selecting one of them for about each ten times I use Gandalf’s Giant RLM.

..The interest is ‘here’ for whatever it’s worth… at-least for these map types.

Happy testing, & thanks again for your efforts…

~ Lionness

aodken Thanks Buz for your work here..

I like the size of your modded Hispaniola Enlarged. I’m going to DL this one now and give it a whirl.
I’m like you with the lag I was getting with work done by Kyle Leach, just too large for rig or liking. One thing I didn’t like with the super huge size maps is it would take for ever just scope out parts of the map. It really slowed the game down, but with the 2x size it seemed to take about the same time to play while still forcing a change in tactics.
I’m not sure if the 4x size will feel the same.
But hey give it a shot, some people will like it :p
aodken - Buz
One thing you need to do is have a readme so people know were and how to add these RMs to there computers. Most of us know how but there is always new people coming in..

Thanks again ~Ken
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@ Aodken.. I've just uploaded six maps that Lionness requested all at 4x the size..

New England
Great Plains

Now I see the point of 2x not really making much difference to gameplay, but I hope this batch does and that your machine will be able to play them..

[Edited on 05/02/06 @ 05:42 PM]

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