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The Mystic Eyelands

Created by NinjaNic (all)
Went public on 10/31/2014
Number of ratings: 101
Average rating: 3.8316 / 5
328 territories, 79 bonuses, 2 distribution modes

Description

From causes of dangerous seas, rocky shores, and severe snow storms, sea routes are hard to come by. However in this icy world some kingdoms have sprung up and are vying for land, but only one empire will be successful - are you ready to undertake this perilous quest?

Reviews

Review by Nathan on 10/31/2014.
Fabulous map - not only is it incredibly visually interesting, I like how you have incorporated a different style of representing your superbonuses. Many long peninsulas (peninsulae?) end in dead ends, meaning you have to be very careful about how many armies you send to conquer them lest you shortchange your capabilities elsewhere.

One of the best things I can say about Nic's maps is that just as I start to congratulate myself on a solid start 10-12 turns in, another player shows up out of nowhere and forces me to scramble on defense. This happens time and again on his maps and reveals solid balance and skill in their crafting.
Response by map creator NinjaNic on 11/2/2014
Thank you very much for rating and playing! I love hearing feedback. I do my best on these maps, and this is definitely one that I made for strategy! It requires some different styles of gameplay to win.
8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
Review by Half Moon on 11/25/2015.
Nice names and a pretty nice layout. It is a bit narrow in most places so it is harder to get behind the enemy and make a comeback, it was a nice map to play on though most of the game I always had too many armies.
1 out of 1 person found this review helpful.
Review by qwed117 on 11/5/2014.
This map, by all standards is amazing, for single player up to many players. This map by all counts ranks as one of my favorites, for its well craftedness, and the pure beauty eminent in this. This map truly is a work of art.
The only logical argument I could garner on this map is that the striations and fjords would suggest that there is a larger landmass to the Northwest. And that this entire place should be covered in ice. Remember, the fjords go away from the ice, so logically there are two major ice caps, one on an unidentified landmass to the North, and an other on the Central Kingdoms and Crescent.
This beautiful map should be added to the list of featured maps, even if inaccurate glaciation patterns stand as an obstacle. It must have taken a while to get it taken out from under the "ice" and show its beauty to the surface again, for players to admire for a short eternity.
Response by map creator NinjaNic on 11/8/2014
What a great review, science mixed with puns-n-praise. I'm glad that this map made you think in depth about it, wasn't paying attention to the real-world details as much as I was trying to make this look like an eye. But hey- maybe there's going to be a part II, who knows??
To be honest, I'm really glad this map was such a big hit. Thank you to all of the empires that rose and fell on this map! Thanks everyone for the reviews!
2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review by TXJimBob on 11/11/2014.
Response by map creator NinjaNic on 11/20/2014
2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review by Stealth on 11/12/2014.
Response by map creator NinjaNic on 11/20/2014
2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review by ScarlettTD on 12/28/2014.
Great map for 3v3 - 6v6. Interesting strategic options and good mix of bottlenecks and open battlefields. I've played this map extensively and as yet I can't find any particular starting position which gives you any major advantage so it leads to good balanced gameplay.
1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review by the Bloody-Nine on 1/13/2015.
This is becoming one of my favorite maps. Great for team play!
1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review by General Phu B'Arre on 2/4/2015.
Love this map. It's not that big but it kept a 6v6 going long enough to keep it very interesting.
1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review by King C******* V on 3/31/2015.
Classy move to trash other players maps. Here is 1 star.
2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review by INSIDE on 5/20/2015.
nice map
1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Review by okasan on 11/2/2014.
Very good-looking map, well laid-out and designed, with good bonus distributions and clear lines. Gameplay itself suffers somewhat from the narrowness of the continents, which leads to very linear game play. By move 20 or so, I was putting 50-60 armies against 30 enemy armies at two or three places, click, attack, repeat and rinse. The mopping-up operation against the remaining AI armies took as many moves as it took to establish unbeatable dominance - that's a bit too long to bother to finish up a map. Sorry if this sounds too harsh: I am a great fan of the map maker who made many fiendish maps before which I hugely enjoyed.
Response by map creator NinjaNic on 11/8/2014
I guess since the AI don't surrender it is a bit of a nuisance. But thanks for the review!
1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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