Hello there, because I was quite bored during the time when the forum was offline, I did the probable map of the Act 1 based on the first videoblog about the environment.
In this topic I would like to show you that the map is not small at all. And also show you some location with real photos and description. I know there are already topic concerning this, but I would like to summarize it.
Information about real places
There are several places with interesting history and atmosphere. I would like to take you through them, show you bit of history of each place and suggest how the places will look in the game. I tried to sort it by the importance of the place and how much is the place interesting. And since there was a lot of information about Rataj in the first video update, I will start with Sazava Monastery.
Sazava Monastery was founded by hermit Prokop at the beginning of the 11th century. Mere Christian settlement was transformed to the Benedictine monastery in 1032. It was considered as a source of Slavic education. The Slavic monks were expelled in 1095 and replaced by Latin monks from Břevnov. Druing that period the monastery was famous for its high level of art. Wooden buildings in the monastery were replaced by the Roman style buildings. The influence of the monastery was noticeable in the near surroundings where several building were also built by monastery. Other big recreation started during second half of the 13th century. This one was in to the Gothic style. The transformation lasted until hussite revolution at the beginning of the 15th century. During the hussite wars the monks were expelled and the monastery was plundered. Another recreation started after 200 years, in the 17th century. In the meantime the monastery was maintained by several monks.
What we can expect?
During 1403 the monastery was on the peak of its glory. So we will probably see beautiful nearly finished Gothic monastery with lots of workshops creating artistic object to decorate the remaining unfinished parts. The quality of the art there was really good, above average compare to rest of Bohemia and it bares some signs of Italian and France school so it is possible that we will be able to encounter several foreign artist from Italy and France.
I’ve chosen few photos of the monastery. Only few parts remain from the 15th century, most of the monastery has the baroque visage nowadays.
Model of the monastery temple (wasn’t finished) Source
Remains of the temple Source
Frescoes in the Chapter Hall Source
Scale of the map
There were several concerns about the size of the map. 9 km2 or 3.5 sq. miles is too small in some opinions. To be honest I also had some concerns about it and that’s why I did this “research” ;). So firstly I would like to say that the size in km or miles isn’t good measure for this purpose. You have to think about the map as the part of the countryside rather than about the whole realm (like in Skyrim or Oblivion for example). And because the map is based on the real world, it feels really realistically. There are not some nonsenses like large mountains with size of average hill, or epic valleys 3 meters deep And even though you can’t reach the horizon, you will have the perception that there is something beyond. Those are psychological elements which helps you with that perception. Warhorse did excellent blog about it: http://kingdomcomerpg.com/?p=66
Actually I think that the best way how to find out whether the map is big enough is not to compare it with existing game maps and counting square kilometres or whatever, but to compare the part of the map with screenshots. For this purpose I made several screenshot with the map side by side. There is a cone which represent the angle of the camera in the scene so you can actually see how much of the map you see in the view. Then you can compare to the fullsize map above.
Hill with the size of Skyrim mountain
So what do you think? Is the map still too small or is it big enough? And remember this. The map will not be procedurally generated so everything is handmade. And this is just Act I. You will see another maps with the same size in the future acts.
I will write more info about the locations tomorrow, for I’m quite weary today already