Posted on 01/30/01 @ 12:00 AM (updated 08/25/01
The Cartograph Series is a series of carefully crafted real-world maps by Ballard.
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The World Cartograph, the third map in this series, is a beautiful map of the entire world using the basic template of the original World Cartograph, but vastly improved from the original.
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Beginning on one of the two icey poles of the Earth, the player must hastily load their colonists onto a transport and begin the mad rush, whilst dodging treacherous icebergs, to be the first to colonise their desired continent, where a most exciting game of world-domination will begin...
-An accurate and spectacular world-map design, accompanied by beautiful and geographically-accurate terrain.
-Typical RM resource placement (except trees) on each continent. Aboundant seas in which to fish. Relics included.
-Treacherous icebergs lurking in the polar extremes, capable of sinking entire fleets of ships (beware!).
-Particularly fun SHIMO playability, but very exciting gameplay nevertheless.
-Wolves, dingos, hyenas, and jaguars - all on their appropriate continent.
-And MUCH MORE!
-This is designed for multiplayer purposes only, and is therefore not playable as singleplayer.
-As with all multiplayer scenarios, when playing, all player numbers and colours must be the correct order. These not being in order will result in one or more players with their population limit messed up.
-This map must be played with medium, or high resources, as the building of a Town Centre is necessary at the start.
From the tropical rainforests of South East Asia and northern Australia, to the icey tundra of Siberia, to the vast Sahara desert, to the varied climate of the Americas, let your national patriotism explode, I'm sure you'll find some of the most fun games playing this map - The World Cartograph.
Carefully crafted by Ballard.
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Once in a while we get a truly excellent Multi-player map. This is such an example.
The playability, to be honest, this was not a good aspect of the scenario. Like all World Maps, this was pretty much like a random map. However, don't despair. If you like random map games, this is a good map for you.
The balance was good, but juding from the distance I would say that the people on Antarctica has an advantage since they could arrive on a continent faster than the ones in the north pole. So, the mark will not be a perfect 5.
The creativity would've gotten a 3 since the concept of a world map is nothing new. However, I found it quite interesting that the author managed to get rid of the problem that you cannot randomly generate a town center with villagers beside it like a RMS by having the players starting in the poles. However, one innovation is not enough to get a full 5.
The map design was fantastic and has every aspect needed to get a 5. Maybe I am being more lenient than usual as I am aware that multi-player scenarios cannot have too much eyecandy.
The story was not needed in a multi-player scenario and instructions are ample. Very well done in this section.
-Great map design
-Could make the north pole closer to Canada
Final Thoughts: A truly outstanding multi-player scenario. I believe that there are only 5 other Multi-player scenarios that are in the Best of AOK so you can see how much this scenario deserves to be regarded highly. Good day :-)