Greetings all. After purchasing 6 sets of main game, 3 sets of F&F, 3 sets of W&W and 35 blue foam mats, I'm able to update my newest version of a world map. I'll probably be purchasing a 4th set of F&F to have the pieces to allow two metropolises per player.
I tried to keep the 17 civilization tiles somewhat close to where they are/were geographically. The link is in my profile.
I used the Mao tile of China in Australia and used the Wu tile of China for China. There are 5 ancient relic tiles played exposed around where they could be geographically. The rest are hidden until explored.
I'm not happy with North America, but I placed more focus on Europe, Africa, Middle East and SE Asia since civilizations were concentrated in those areas. I wanted to have at least 1-2 tiles between each civilization and ancient relic. Europe was the toughest continent to try and mirror.
The row of civs on the top and bottom of the map will be in random order at start of game play. If you explore your civ tile before anyone else, I'll be giving a perk of some sort.
On all of the foam mats I'll be drawing lines to represent ocean squares. My next step is to create rules and techs for naval movement, warfare, techs, embark/debark of land units, etc. Other phases I'll be working on will be painting/coloring 5 sets into different colors to make enough sets for 10 players. There is still a lot of work to do and testing to try and keep the game balanced.
Please let me know if anyone has any critiques, suggestions, thoughts, concerns, etc. I'll welcome any input.
(Oops...link is in my profile...)