Thursday, December 22, 2011

The New Map

I have been searching the web for a lot of images that will work for my game.  Public domain images that I can use a series of Photoshop Filters to speed up the work of making the art all match a certain style.  I want the art to be cool and not just a low-res screen grab of free art.

However, after last weeks disastrous play test, it occurred to me that I still don't have all my cards and mechanics nailed down.  But being in an artistic mood I felt the need to make some art, so I dove into working on a new map for my game.  What you see before you is the final result.
LEFT SIDE: The new high res map.  RIGHT SIDE: The old quick map.
I think its clear to see the superior product here.  The new map is an amalgam of lots of maps mashed together.  Various parts of the maps have been shifted around to make room on my game board, and countless Filters have created the feel of a textured and painted surface.

With the holidays fast approaching I expect to get a lot of work done on the game.  Check back soon for more updates.


  1. Hmm, I just noticed your map labels seem to have become scrambled. It's labeled "Saigon" about where Manila should be (though actually that looks to be closer to Tanza).

  2. Yeah...the original game of Taipan only dealt with Cities along the eastern coast. But that doesn't make for a very interesting map. When I made my initial map I moved things around a lot. Batavia (now known as Jakarta) was to close to Singapore so I moved it west and it will now be Makassar. I will make Saigon Manila since that is a more recognizable name than Tanza. Though I have been having problems with all the names starting with the same letter, (Saigon, Singapore, Shanghai), maybe I should make Manila into Tanza. =P