The Ancient Art of War at Westeros Part 2: The Queen of the Iron Throne

The second video for the SlashBit Retro Cinema is up!

While I didn’t invest as much time on this one as I did on the Castlevania one, this one has a long story going back to 2015 when I started working on the map hoping to have something like the video ready before the start of Season 6. That didn’t happen but I pushed forward to finish the 128×256 tiles map and then further worked on it by adding google maps support for it.

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It stayed that way for over a year but with the spectacular Season 7 underway I decided to revive the project and got working on it after finishing the Castlevania one. Ashton created an extended version of the track and I made the sigils of the houses using an EGA palette. I also did some tweaks on the map graphics specially to make some castles and places look more like the ones on the series..

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The first version I created didn’t have the zoom effects. I still think it looks more authentic than the final cut but the feedback I got was that it was hard to appreciate the scale of the world. I am not sure something like this could be achieved back then without a special video card, at least not on a PC with an EGA or VGA card.

I did some research in order to assign the stats for each one of the houses. Most of them are just raw approximates which I thought made sense from the little available data.

Enjoy!

Pixel Westeros Map – Using Google Maps

I added Google Maps support for my Pixel Westeros Map, what it means right now is instead of loading the whole map at once, it’ll be loaded by fragments as you pan around. A downside now is that you cannot zoom out (I’d have to create a scaled version of the map for that to work properly), but on the other hand it looks much better on mobile.

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I might add markers for some of the places sometime soon.