Jolly Joker wrote:I'd like to ask Qual a question.
While he hs only a beta of the editor, he still has worked with it.
The whole talk here is about the so-called "epic" maps. You could think, no one would bother making a "normal" map, but everyone wanted to make a biiiiiiiig map with loooooots of towns.
So, Qual, what do you think: A reasonably versed mapmaker who has made maps with either the H 3 WoG or the H 4 editor and has scripting experience who wants to set up a Single Player XL or XXL map with an Underground and, let's say 24 Towns, a good story included, quests, scripted events, AI behaviour, the whole works, what do YOU think, how long it would take, what kind of testing would be necessary, how difficult and time-consuming it will be compared to the rest?
Well, I'm not Qual, but I'll address the question assuming that the map editor will be roughly as easy to work with as the previous HOMM editors.
First of all, of course some people will make "normal" size maps. Each mapmaker has a different style and prefers to make different sizes and types of maps. I have always made maps of the largest size available because that is the size of map I like the best. I also try to make my maps well decorated and combat intensive. I like to at least have an introductory story for the map.
Of course the larger the map and the more indepth the story and the more decorations/special places, and the more scripting, the longer it will take to lay out the map and to playtest it.
How much time? That will depend on the mapmaker as well as the ease of working with the editor. I think my "The Dancing Crusader" Equilibris map (XL, indepth story, tons of scripting) took me all together about 3 months to lay and playtest. I tend to be consumed by the map until it is done. Others work at a more relaxed pace and take longer to do such a map.
So, if themap editor comes out tomorrow we will be unlikely to see epic XL story maps for a while.
The smaller maps will start to come in fairly quickly though.
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