a more complicated map of the antarctica game
Posted by jeanne
it’s a doozy of a map, too, with a base layer of bedrock, then a layer of ice stream flows and continental divides, then a longitudinal grid, then a contour map of the bedrock (contours adjusted according to my whim), then the seven rings in white, and colored in from red to purple with zone 7 being white (only it’s mostly transparent, this level), and then all the cities and villages in pink.
as you can see, there are very few settlements in ring 1, which is where the entry to the level is. when this level is first experienced, there is practically nobody playing the game except the girl and boy. the gameworld ages as the game is played, and with every ring the boy and girl grow older as well. the landscape changes and becomes more temperate, even tropical as they go thru the rings, the civilization becomes more developed. by ring 6 the civilization is beginning to infest adjoining regions. only in ring 7, that bird shape in the middle, are there no settlements. there is nobody in ring 7. players actually can’t get there from ring 6. it functions for most of the level as an impenetrable barrier, until the boy and girl find a way in, and then everybody in the game can see it, even on the cloud levels.