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Subject: Terrain Analysis: Swamp rss

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The various terrains in Terra Mystica all have their little quirks, quite apart from the races that live on them...

There are 11 Swamp spaces on the map, most numerous on the Northern continent. They make up 12.5% of the Southern continent, 15% of the central continent, 10.5% of the Eastern continent, and 18% of the Northern continent. However, the Northern continent is probably least suitable for settlement.

Why? Because of the one-spade footprint. If you look not just at Swamps but at the neighbouring terrains (Lakes and Farmland) it is immediately clear that the Northern continent is particularly ill-favoured- 2 of its Swamps have no adjacent Lakes or Farmland (the only Swamps with this characteristic), one has only one Farmland space, and the third has only 3 spaces in the footprint. Contrast this with the Eastern continent, where the is a single massive footprint of 9 consecutive spaces, or the Central and Southern continents which both have one four space footprint and one three space foot print (the central having the advantage of 2 swamps in the four space and an easy 2 spade deset hex linking the 2).

What about connecting via the River? With 45% of Swamp spaces being inland it isn't that easy- there are no Swamp spaces seperated by one hex of water. There is a group of 4 Swamp spaces which could be linked by Shipping 2 in the Northen and Central continents, but the remaining 2 Swamp spaces on the river are quite inacessible, at least without a little terraforming. Bridgewise, with the exception of the Eastern continent, the Swamp footprint areas are well provided- one bridge will connect the Central 4 area with the Northern 3 area for example.

What does this imply for Alchemists and Darklings? I'll leave that to others.
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