"Coast of Darvia" is an earlier work of an author who made one of my favorite, if partially unfinished, PTC map named "The Way Home". As such this map had some resemblance to the later work and also showed some rough edges which have been since polished off. Even so i found it an enjoyable and nice map to view.
The map consisted of a large green forested area, an icy mountainous climate and an island. The forests on the map came in the usual broken apart look with scatterings of flower patches, forage bushes and various forms of wildlife. This was done sparingly enough to look good, although there were some white outlines at times from objects showing. Patches of dead farm were used for their dirt rock look, but they stood out with the straight edging as they hadn't been blending with dirt1 into the grass. A wide range of shrubbery placement rounded out the map as usual, though the jungle plants seemed a bit out of place. The overall effect was pleasant enough despite the imperfections.
The island looked nice enough with its wide beaches and frothy waves crashing upon the shore, though the pine trees placed from the terrain tab had projected tons of seemingly undesired leaves into the sands, while the foam effect was irregular with pieces of ice showing along with many jagged edges. A tall tower with a pair of cloaked men placed on top via an illusion was a nice try, though my eyes couldn't quite buy it.
The snowy, mountainous area left a good impression, one thing that stood out was the little canyon near its entrance and the monastery tucked away upon the mountain was a nice touch. The area did look a little too green though with numerous shrubs, including more of the bright green jungle plants, and copious amounts of grass snow. I like the visual impact this area leaves but a detailed examination for oddities reveals many spots for a nitpicker to latch onto.
The map contained numerous dialogue lines, and also many units named with entire sentences to explain their activity. This provided some amusement, though some usage of sound effects and music would have contributed to liven things up. The map did have a number of units moving about on various tasks which did help to make the land seem more inhabited. I found it peculiar how the two towns were nearly identical in shape and layout and searched for a connection;perhaps it was just coincidence.
In summary "Coast of Darvia" is a pleasant looking map and a good try in the contest. Even its imperfections and oddities are somewhat interesting to examine and ponder over, such as the mysterious stone walls with sea rocks appearing every now and then. Curious.