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Robert Lloyd
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While admiring the maps of my freshly delivered Collectors Edition I noticed that Iceland is in the Norwegian Sea.

Did it not used to be in an additional sea area called Denmark Straight? That is still in the Matrix version of the game.

I owned FE and a couple of earlier editions and I seem to recall there was a Denmark Straight Sea area previously. I may be wrong when did it drop out of the map design and why?

I assume it is deliberate and intended to reflect the reality of the shorter Great Circle route which was not so accurately portrayed with more sea areas on the north edge of the map.
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RSLloyd wrote:
While admiring the maps of my freshly delivered Collectors Edition I noticed that Iceland is in the Norwegian Sea.

Did it not used to be in an additional sea area called Denmark Straight? That is still in the Matrix version of the game.

I owned FE and a couple of earlier editions and I seem to recall there was a Denmark Straight Sea area previously. I may be wrong when did it drop out of the map design and why?

I assume it is deliberate and intended to reflect the reality of the shorter Great Circle route which was not so accurately portrayed with more sea areas on the north edge of the map.


IIRC Harry did say something about correcting errors in map projection from WIFFE; that could well be one of the things he meant.
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Sorry, I don't have the maps with me now, but yes, a LOT of time was spent on the maps. A huge amount of research went into exact differences - the discussions were so detailed that we had differences based on map projections used, we wanted to make sure all of the maps represented the same scheme. I'm not sure if they settled on Mercator but this was a major project. Lots of info on rails, roads, etc.

Note the difference in the sea zones for the Mediterranean, they are substantial. So as Wendell said, any changes here were based on a lot of time spent.
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Note the difference in the sea zones for the Mediterranean, they are substantial.


That's almost the first thing I noticed about the new maps. I like the changes. I wonder if minor ports like Trapani will become more important for Italy now (and La Spezia perhaps less important?). I'm really looking forward to trying it out. (Setting up France now, so soon!)

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Robert Lloyd
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Thanks for these replies. The maps are a definite advance on previous editions.
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Grotius wrote:
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Note the difference in the sea zones for the Mediterranean, they are substantial.


That's almost the first thing I noticed about the new maps. I like the changes. I wonder if minor ports like Trapani will become more important for Italy now (and La Spezia perhaps less important?). I'm really looking forward to trying it out. (Setting up France now, so soon!)



No question la Spezia was the port of choice in FE for the Italian fleet. Now there are a lot of choices.
 
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