Yesterday I asked for suggestions for ASCII symbols for armies and boats. Today I would like to refine the request as I have made a decision for armies and JADE now already contains different craft types.
I love the idea of using either '#' or the actual symbol of the dominant race for armies (this will depend on your perception). With low perception you just will see "an army" (red #), with decent perception you will see "an army of orcs" (green o, predominant race), with excellent perception you will see "an army of many orcs, a couple of ogres and a hill giant" (still green o), with superb perception you will see "an army of hundreds of orces, less than a score of ogres and one hill giant" (still the green o) and finally with godlike perception (something like 50+ or so) you will see "an army of 356 orcs, 9 ogres and one hill giant" (still green o). The predominant race will be determined by the number of beings of one type multiplied with their size factor (so an unlikely army of four tooth fairies and one hill giant would use the symbol of the hill giant due to its dominant size). All this suits me very well and I like the gradual increase in information.
For crafts (or vessels?) I'm torn. Now that monster symbols for armies seem to be a very good idea there could be some confusing when also using letters for crafts. On the other hand the variety of imaginable crafts (raft, small boat, large boat, ship, cart, balloon, whatever else comes to mind) also makes it unlikely to find enough other symbols. Or does it?
So my request for support for today is to think about a scheme for crafts. What do you like?
BTW, as the army idea seems to have been spawned by Lyle and notasquirrel: Please send me your real world names with a short reference to this to creator(at)ancientdomainsofmystery.com so that I can secure a decent place for you in the game credits.