Dominion of the Sword mod for MIITW announces the release of its groundbreaking Interactive Map Guide (IMG).
ACCESS THE I.M.G. HERE:
The guide is an online tool made specially by the DOTS team, mainly Göteborgare, using the Google Earth map to represent the culmination of over 2 years research, bringing to life an historically accurate portrait of the Middle Ages covered by our campaign.
Being fully interactive, you can zoom in or out of the Map Guide, and drag movement to see the full range of the thriving medieval world, from Iceland to Aden, from the Steppe to the Sahara.
Stage One is now active, allowing potential players of DOTS a preview of the coming campaign map. The IMG shows the Dominion's 199 settlements as well as our map range. It also shows the faction that controls each settlement at the start date which can be easily and instantly seen via the faction icon. In the case of the 'rebel' or Minor States faction ownership we can distinguish between Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox or Pagan settlement.
The research gives us some freedom to be able to adapt to the demands of gameplay practicalities, for instance we have over 400 control points which we will represent as PSFs (permanent stone forts) with different models such as monasteries, villages, cities or castles representing historical places we didn't have room for in the hardcoded settlement limit of 199. If we need to change a settlement from the current map, (which is likely since we do not want two settlements next to each other) we can then refer to our PSFs and swap these. So expect to see continual updates on the IMG over the next weeks as the actual campaign map nears completion and its own release.
Stage two is underway and will involve pop-up boxes for each settlement giving details for 1080 on tech tree levels, populations, garrison information and any faction members present. All information is historically supported.
In addition to this information we will be highlighting the significant importance of each settlement's role within its controlling faction. Dominion of the Sword uses a three level governmental system to represent grades of dominion for each faction over the territories they have conquered.
Homelands represent the settlements in direct control of the player and the faction as a whole, these are normal powerful settlements. The 2nd type are Autonomies, these are settlements ruled by vassals or powerful nobles who enjoy partial independence from your faction leader. These settlements although carrying your flag will not be in your control to recruit or contruct until your faction leader has asserted greater authority and developed his character. You can of course have some control over where the general/noble who governs the settlement is placed and where he goes. The third type is a Colony, this is to represent settlements that have been newly acquired from another religion or culture and has yet to be fully intergrated into your faction. Recruitment and construction options are extremely limited here.
These three types really modify what kind of control you have as a faction. For instance, a faction with 10 settlements of which most are autonomieswill not be as powerful as a faction with three homelands, or at least not powerful in the same way. These variables are exactly what the IMG is all about, introducing you to the unique depth and dynamics that set Dominion of the Sword apart from anything else you have ever played.
The IMG tool is not only intended for use as part of Dominion of the Sword but an active reference and library of unrivalled quality research for the entire community, not only for M2TW but for future games that will focus on the Medieval period.
This thread has been merged with other mapping announcement threads on 5th AUgust 1009.
I am the guy developing the map and I would like you to comment on it here. I need feedback. So go look at the Shiny new blog and tell me what you think! All relevant comments count and it will depend even on you how the final map will be.
I will be posting more recent screenies and less official stuff for you to check soon.
Thanks in advance!