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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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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.

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732 years since the birth of Don Juan Manuel

May 4, 2014 Hispania  No comments

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Today I wanted to write something about one of the main writers of medieval Spanish narrative, Don Juan Manuel (1282-1348), for May 5 is the 732 anniversary of his birth at Castle Escalona in Toledo, in a family of the Spanish aristocracy (the son of a royal prince).

Speaking of Don Juan Manuel, author celebrated by Hispanic literature (especially for his work The Count Lucanor) is especially appropriate now for two reasons: the first is that it never hurts to remind the old classics of literature; the second is related to the functioning of the game Hispania: Saints and Warriors, as discussed...

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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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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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Making Hispania’s map: textures.

December 29, 2013 Hispania  No comments

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The map on which we play is fundamental. The environment is that the player will have closer contact throughout the game. The sovereign, armies, characters, and other interactive elements are moved by it, we will indicate many things we have to assess and control. Furthermore, not only has to be functional, but also aesthetically pleasing, because the idea of the game is that you enjoy hours played and not the other. Therefore I insist: it is fundamental.

No one should be surprised, therefore, that it is taking a long time to do. The work is being intense. First were map textures...

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First main concepts: Entity, Domain, Site, Soul and Grave

December 18, 2013 Hispania  No comments

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I would like to write this post to define some basic concepts of ‘Hispania’ that we are developing in a word file. These concepts are referred to the kingdoms that will appear in the game, and the relation between these and the land they occupy. The concepts are: Entidad (entity), Sennorio (dominion), Solar (site), Alma (soul) and Tumba (grave).

The first of these concepts is the entity, the supreme political division in the game. An entity can be a kingdom, an empire or just a county. The common feature is that an entity has to be independent. It may sound strange in the caso of the county...

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