Tuesday, June 12, 2018
My biggest issue with the development system is keeping the content straight in my head, so that I can tailor changes that enter in with new developments. Everything in the diagram above is related to just fishing knowledge ... though certain things throughout might be applied to other things, such as bows for hunting or boats for military raiding. The goal here is only to provide a visual relationship between the actual technical knowledge, what physical things that creates, how that affects culture, what improvements exist, what trade references the improvements derive from and what building blocks are created by the composite of the above.
The table isn't complete, even for the development stages meant. This includes merely that which I've been able to think of, or which was tagged by something I researched. There's always room to add something else if the notion of it presents itself.
Just a quick run-down. References are invented products that are integral to my trade system. Hexes that serve as physical locations for the presence of these references are called "improvements" ~ which are a special form of building block, which I have been describing at length for many weeks now. Improvements increase the amount of food, labor or wealth, as well as more esoteric things such as culture, health or happiness, depending on what the reference is. Most hexes, regardless of possessing an improvement, will have some degree of food, labor or wealth production. Improvements just improve that.
Building blocks largely derive from technology; but may potentially derive from anything.
Here I'm dividing "knowledge" from "technology" so as to distinguish what is known from what is built with that knowledge.
Finally, cultural aspects derive from the use of technology or knowledge.
Beyond this, I think the table above is self-explanatory. Please do not hesitate to ask questions about it.
I plan to begin constructing tables like this for every type of knowledge that applies. So far, apart from fishing, I have introduced hunting, meditation, agriculture, animal husbandry, archery, mining and the wheel. I then intend to update these as I progress with development stages, while continuing to add more sources of knowledge. So I have a job ahead of me.
I was originally trying to build the table above in excel; but it was simply getting visually out of hand. I am hoping this more graphic example is clearer, more flexible and ultimately more readable by people who don't have the benefit of reading my thoughts.