I personally like the map as is. I know this is an age old debate on these forums: realistic/cool/more-more-more map vs. game playability. I certainly see and like both perspectives. Who doesn’t want an awesome map?! But I also fully understand there has to be a point where playability and/or marketing need to come into play. I think from a gaming perspective, especially when wanting to attract new players not familiar with the game (and maybe not to the era), it’s probably obvious to keep each nation a particular color. I think it’s probably easy to say this map is probably the best one we’ve seen in terms of “realism”, and I just don’t know how much more could realistically be demanded. That’s not to say things shouldn’t be fixed for clarity, I just meant on a wide scale the map is great, and minor tweaks/fixes are needed.
While forests seem like a cool idea, that’s another one that seems a bit unrealistic from a gaming perspective. You could argue that every space in Europe should have forests then, as that would be realistic. A global map of this scale just doesn’t fit having forest terrain being taken into account. Jungle is different, in my opinion. There are very specific areas of the world where jungle exist/played a part in the war. And warfare was severely changed/handicapped in those areas, for a number of reason. And this map shows that well I think. The jungle territories they have are pretty true to accuracy that essentially those entire areas are dense jungle. I don’t think you could argue that for forests. Forests would be interesting on a much more localized level game, we’re talking like each French territory being 10 territories of their own status. But that might just be me.
I also think the ship system went a bit heavy. I agree with the minor ports arguments. There are so many on the map, it almost makes sense to just say all coastal territories have the capability. I think having major and minor Shipyards/dockyards/ports was a lot too. Again, I think that in terms of overall scale. I liked having just Shipyards in Home Country, Dockyards in other areas with an IPP value, and ports just anywhere. But I might be in a minority there 🙂
What I would REALLY like to see is uniform color/nation sets for everything, and that they are stocked. Take the KMT as an example. Give them everything in their light green color. Planes, ships, tanks, everything. I want to have KMT militia and mountain infantry and not have to use neutral white. A CCP red everything. A neutral white everything. That’s a tall order in regards to commissioning the pieces in them actually being sold I think, but I’d love it. In a compromising world I could paint things, but time seems ever elusive for that. I also like having smaller nations shown. Been trying to make a Canadian force with the Blonde units they have, but can’t seem to get everything either in stock or all available (and again, the base game units like cavalry, militia, mountain infantry).