From: Kansas City, MO
ORIGINAL: Mike Scholl
I've often wondered why they didn't chose to make the whole map "hexagonal shaped"
with a flat at the top and bottom and a bulge in the middle (sort of building in the global
spread at the Equator). I don't think there is any law that says a map has to be rec-
tangular, and it would have certainly eased the need to stretch or twist things.
Very cool. Its like sticking little hexagonals of silly putty on a globe, pulling off the image, and arranging them on a table. I'm impressed with this idea. The entire thing could still be displayed in a rectangle but use the corners used for cheat sheets, terrain key, abbreviations, pinup girls, whatever. They can keep the coordinate system too, just need a check on the boundaries too keep from sailing off one of the six edges of the map. Very nice.
WOW! Somebody actually "got it"!. And it doesn't even have to be lined up North-South.
It can be tilted to put the maximum amount of usefull terrain onto the playing surface.
As opposed to the Artic Circle, the Canadian Shield, or a lot of the SE Pacific. There
would be a little distance shrinkage around the edges, but having San Francisco one hex
too close to San Diego matters very little to play. Having Pt. Moresby 2 hexes too far
from NE Australia matters a lot.