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Settling doubts: territorial organization in ‘Hispania: Saints & Warriors’.

September 26, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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One of the chapters that usually arouses the curiosity of people who know ‘Hispania: Saints & Warriors’ is the territorial division that they will experience during the game. In order to get closer to a medieval territorial organization, ours is a bit more complex than in other games, but it is no big deal. Let’s see:

The map of Hispania is divided during the game on two types of territorial division: the dominion, which would be the representation of the countryside; on the other hand, the site, space physically located on the dominions, but politically and legally independent of them...

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An interesting project: History and Videogames.

July 23, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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These days I have had the pleasant experience: to contact with the professor of the University of Murcia, Dr. Juan F. Jiménez Alcázar, and to find a project that he leads: the History and videogames website (also has Facebook group). In this corner of the web history lovers, or video games, or both, like Professor Jiménez Alcázar and us, can find an initiative launched with support from the Ministry of Economy of Spain, promoting something that is unstoppable: the game as a cultural event and an educational tool.

Professor Jimenez Alcázar is a pioneer in highlight and promote the importanc...

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On coronation and abdication: two medieval examples.

June 8, 2014 Historia  No comments

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These days people in Spain are talking about the abdication of Juan Carlos I, and the coronation of Philip of Bourbon. There has been much talk about abdication and monarchy, but the way this institution works today has very little to do with how these things were done in the Middle Ages. So I would like to talk a little about these procedures at the time of our game.

We are going to discuss two striking cases in medieval Spain: Ramiro II’s abdication in 951, and the coronation of Ferdinand I in 1038.

Ramiro II (931-951) was a great warrior king, son of another prominent Leonese monarch, Ordoñ...

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The making of Hispania’s map: undergrowth.

May 14, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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The static part of the map is now complete. We have textures, rivers, roads and Roman roads, mountains and forests. Now, we need to add depth and detail to the forests: undergrowth and bushes.

The undergrowth is that shadow we see adding an extra detail to the forest map. Its function is purely decorative, it will serve to enhance the visual appearance of the main game screen, on which the map appears. We have added three kinds of undergrowth: a green one for the Atlantic Forest; another dark brown, to the mainland; and the forth between yellow and light green for the Mediterranean area.

But w...

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Reconquest/Reconquista: Appropriate term? Myth?

April 18, 2014 Historia  No comments

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The term Spanish Reconquista covers a historical period of about eight centuries. The origin of the Reconquista goes back to the existence of a Visigoth kingdom (s. V -VII) and its conquest by the Arab empire (between 711-714). Subsequent centuries until 1492 would be what has traditionally been called ‘La Reconquista’: the struggle of the Spanish Christian kingdoms, legitimate self-proclaimed heirs of Gothic Spain, to expel the invading Muslim forces and restore the ancient kingdom of the Goths, Spain.

In recent decades and particularly during the last years, many have questioned the validity...

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Averroes: 888 years later.

April 14, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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Today I had a pleasant surprise. The Cordobese philosopher Averroes was in the Spanish Doodle of Google today! It turns out that today it makes 888 years since his birth in 1126, when the Almoravids, a warlike North African tribe, were still ruling Al Andalus.

Averroes, as the Christians called him, is actually Abu Al Walid Ibn Rashid, former character of Andalusian roots, master in most disciplines practiced Islam in the twelfth century: medicine, astrology, philosophy, theology, law...

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The making of Hispania’s map: forests.

March 28, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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It’s time to put the forests, the most laborious work. The task has been to place the trees one by one, or in small groups. It took a long time to conclude, but the result has been worth it.

Spain is the second most forested country in Europe, with 56% of forest area (283.000km2), after Sweden, with 75%. What’s even better: much of the forest is still wild and grows at an amazing rate. In the Middle Ages, in which Hispania is acclimated, the percentage of forest had to be much larger, covering almost the entire peninsula...

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The making of Hispania’s map: mountains.

March 2, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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Greetings to all! If you’ve been following us you’ve witnessed the evolution of the map of Hispania in recent months. We already have a form, textures, rivers, roads and driveways. Now it’s time to put something more ‘heavy’ in our map: the mountains.

The mountains are of crucial importance, especially in a map of the Iberian Peninsula. The cause of this importance of orographic factor is that the territory of Hispania is very hilly . The rugged relief has always decisively influenced the history of the territory, until it becomes an essential factor in its development over the centuries .

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The making of Hispania’s map: bridges, roads, and Roman roads.

February 9, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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Superb! Our map is taking shape, and soon you will see how is getting substance. As an example we introduce you to the next layer:  the share of bridges, roads and Roman roads .

The bridges over the rivers are put at the points where roads and driveways are going to cross them. For a more varied illustration, we have chosen to place wooden bridges over the rivers when crossing a road, while for the Roman roads we have used stone bridges.

With regard to roads and Roman driveways further explanation is necessary. The reason to separate these two different types of road is important...

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Making Hispania’s map: rivers.

January 23, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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Upon completion of the textures we start giving detail to the map. These decorative map elements also influence the game mechanics. They are mostly rivers and mountains.

This elements function as borders and define the communication channels . Since ancient times, the roads have followed the course of rivers (as water is essential for the traveler) and avoided the mountains, or searched for walkways through these. In this post we care about the rivers.

The Iberian Peninsula has an extensive river network ...

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