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Reconquest/Reconquista: Appropriate term? Myth?

April 18, 2014 Historia  No comments

Reconquista

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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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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‘Hispania’: The game’s concept

November 25, 2013 Hispania  No comments

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The concept of Hispania is very simple: you will be a king in the Middle Ages. The scene chosen is Spain during the Reconquista period, for a lot of reasons, but mainly because its possibilities had been underrated and never represented at a videogame. It also offers more game possibilities than other places in this period.

Somebody enthusiastic about strategic historical or fantastic games may argue that this idea is not original at all. And in large part it is true. Hispania returns to the experience of empire building, where you have to assume the role of a ruler to enlarge your kingdom, de...

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‘Media Tempestas’, the grandfather of ‘Hispania’

October 30, 2013 Hispania  No comments

Media Tempestas
Before ‘Hispania: Saints & Warriors’ there was ‘Media Tempestas: Hispania’. This ‘Media Tempestas’ was a humble oldie-style strategic game, programmed by me alone in QBasic and focused on the Spanish Reconquista. It was a modest design. After all, this kind of games don’t demand a lot of resources and are thought to please a very limited audience. It was, simply, a personal project for a personal satisfaction.
The idea of ‘Media Tempestas’ was born at my degree lectures on Spanish Middle Ages during my university days, at the beginning of the present century...
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