This map was designed because the Jewish and Hebrew people are not represented in the game, yet had large and significantly economically powerful populations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I read once long ago that Bursa in Anatolia was home to 50-100 thousand Jews during Byzantine times. That is an amazing number of people in one township. In Rome and many other places their populations grew significantly also. So although the map is a Green Arabia style map, it has some unique features to represent the Jewish Diaspora within Byzantium.
This map is a fun map. It has two town centers for each player when the game starts, it also has a market and five carts for each player. The map has standard resources two boars, 5 deer a forage bush and nearby gold and stone.
Ideal for Random Map, Regicide or Death Match games. Lost of open space and yet plenty of resources and two town make it slightly harder for rushing equally matched players.
I know the name of the map may put people off, but as a Greek I still think the scenario presented by this Random Map is unique and fun to play.
It would've been nice to have Hebrews as an option for a civilization, and specially I would add the following major characteristics:
.... a) Civilian unique unit;
.... b) Trading civilization;
.... c) A unique building set;
.... d) Economical technologies;
.... e) Mercenaries.
But the thing is that there are lots of civilizations that aren't in the game (it seems that Sub-Saharian civs are unknown for the developers, as in any game are represented), for example.
Posted on 01/19/15 @ 05:59 PM
@Felipe Vidal The Hebrews would be a good idea to have as a civilization. Now about the building set, they wouldn't be using their unique building set. They'd be using the Middle Eastern building set (same as Byzantines, Persians, Saracens, and Turks) because they're from the Middle East. Now surely they'll need their unique dialogue which the language would be Hebrew and their unique User Interface (both the patterns and the middle picture) as well.