You are an emmissary from Queen Airikis of Taibos, one of the most powerful island nations in the great sea. You have been sent to the island of Olymbos to negotiate a marriage between the Queen and King Arris of Olymbos.
Olymbos, while considerably smaller than Taibos in both size and population, is an economic powerhouse due to its strategic location. Queen Arikis needs Olymbos's resources to continue her conquest of the Thousand Islands archipelago but King Arris has long been very reluctant to any formal relations between the two countries, fearing that Olymbos would become a mere province of Airikis's growing realm.
You are now the Queen's last hope for a peaceful solution. On her orders you are taking the longest possible way through the small island to inspect every corner of the main town, just in case military action becomes unavoidable...
"Olymbos" is Lord Basse's entry to the 2013 Pretty Town Contest, finishing third in said competition.
It was one of my favorites from the PTC13, mainly because of its atmosphere which was very nicely conveyed through all aspects of the design, from the map's layout which successfully emulated that of a mediterranean city, to the sound effects and music that further reinforced that theme, to the very good use of the middle-eastern building set. The buildings seemed to blend very well with the terrain, and even the trees that were used looked very "mediterranean". The spanish wonder was also put to very good use, this is one of those designs that was just begging for it to be included.
Add a little bit of humor on top of that, through the interactions with the city people , and you got yourself a really nice "pretty town" map. Some people might say Sagropireia was better, and I do agree it was more worked on than this and it probably had more of a lasting impression, but I like this one pretty much to the same extent, as far as the map design and atmosphere goes.
All entries in the competition were high standard as far as their map design was concerned, but I really felt that this entry, along with that of Julius, were the ones that really went the extra mile in order to provide atmosphere, and to make the city seem alive. I enjoyed this entry and would certainly recommend it.