So, this is my first map, which means comments are always welcome.
There's no events, because I don't get the hang of it yet, but on the other hand the northern Earthern hemisphere is quite accurate. Which means that the Sahara desert is a very large desert and Siberia is bafflingly big too.
Just look at it as playing Civilization (r) but with magic in place of technology and all will level out. If someone would like to use this map, go ahead but don't forget to mention me.
Now, not everything on this map is as close to Earth as I mentioned. There's some legendary stuff to hunt down, like the "City of gold" or the "Fountains of youth". Also, you'll find some references to places mentioned in H.P.Lovecraft's work - like the "Dreamlands", the "Plateau of Leng" and the "City of Unknown Kadath".
The mages (the rulers) are customized versions of those you find in the original game - change of name, spheres & race- and you begin with some new heroes.
While the surface is all in all quite conventional, the underground isn't. About 90% of the underground is ready to be tunneled, so if you need space for more cities, you know where to go. The AI on the other hand apparently doesn't know how to tunnel.
All this makes this map more of a multiplayer map than a singleplayer, but even in single it's still quite nice.
So, happy conquering & I hope I didn't bore you all to much with this text.
5/5/2012 update: a direly needed update so that the way to overpowered scout/patrolling 8-stacks do not get to the players that easily.