I've been searching for some real world examples of OT Style 1 (the oldest buildings in Pre-Romanesque, Carolingian style) and found the town of Matera in Italy might be a good source of inspiration for testing these more stone heavy, less extravagant styles. It's 3D mapped in google maps as well which is handy!
This is not exactly feedback but rather an open question/ criticism to whom it may concern:
Why was the beautiful, finished and post-approved Blackcrown and all of it's lands wiped entirely?
If it was because of the sprawl:
OT Sprawl could just have been made a bit thinner there with a more fluent transition into the rolling fields and farmland that once had been.
If it was because of the style:
Three Towers is just as far from OT itself and has the same style as Blackcrown did.
If it was because of the terraforming:
The lands of Threetowers are not half as developed as those of Blackcrown have been, but it also takes up the same area in equal vicinity of OT. For some reason however it got to stay.
I am looking forward to an explanation.
Both are being removed to oldbuilds and wiped from the actual world (as is procedure) due to their old style which unfortunately has not aged well, to the point where a palette update would not be truly tenable.
I hope you realise that this is a faulty argument as the issue of consistency will arise again precisely at the borders of the newly created OT style bubble. Moreover, at KL sprawl it is apparently sufficient to raise some low foothills to mask the transition, so why was it not possible here to for example cut a gorge into the terrain forcing players to go a longer way around?Regardless of updating Blackcrown with the new palette or new techniques, there's still a jarring element to entering lands done in a very different style, and this is virtually impossible to fix through an update.
When I made my first OT plans (2013), I had a main access road leaving the city in a north-north-west direction, effectively sparing BC.Unfortunately something the WC community is realising and needs to realise is that our early planning (Im talking <2015) wasn't great
I strongly disagree with Thamus' suggestion to put most of the sprawl north, since I'd like the area around Oldtown, especially as close to the city as the Blackcrown lands were, to be coherent in all directions.
I did this because I noticed a clear difference between the fields, in both plotting and style, present at Blackcrown and the prospect I had for the surrounding lands of Oldtown