FEATURE: THE STARMAP
FEATURE: THE STARMAP
Each issue of the newsletter will contain an element of the game
explained in greater detail. This month's feature is the Starmap.
Imperial Wars is played from the vast viewpoint of worlds and starfleets.
The Starmap is the single most important feature of the game, and
it grows and changes with the game. When a player first begins a
new game, the starmap consists of only the player's homeworld. The
early turns in the game are mainly exploration. As you move out
into space, you will soon meet other players. Depending on your
diplomatic skills, they may or may not share their maps with you.
[click on map to see larger/expanded
Starmap is one of 3 main sections of a game universe that players
will use. It is the most important because it allows a Starlord
to view his or her entire empire and all the worlds that they are
entitled to see. In the first incarnation of Imperial Wars for the
Internet, this was a simple map of world icons connected by lines
representing stargate connections. Double-clicking on a world icon
took you down to that worlds screen view. The newest version
is the next step in the progression of this part of the game.
has been enhanced and the world icons are miniatures of the worlds
they represent. Pausing your mouse over a world causes all of its
statistics to be shown and a feature that allows you to see all
of the orders you are currently considering for a world, including
fleet movements to flash onto the screen. Most important, a filter
bar has been added to the starmap. 10 preset filters let a player
look at a combination of 5 preset filter choices in each of the
10 preset views. 6 of the filters are preset to show the information
that a specific character might be most interested in. Such as a
Raider who will want to know all the Raided and Ravaged worlds as
well as all the worlds he owns, or a Philosopher who will want to
see where the concentration of minions are.
that the starmap has these new features it can take its place as
one of the most strategic tools in an Imperial Wars universe. Work
is continuing on the starmap to further enhance its value
as fleet plans and zoom levels will be added in future revisions.
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