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RE: [Icehouse] Xeno color mapping for Homeworlds

  • FromDavid Artman <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateMon, 04 Jun 2007 08:15:13 -0700
> > What translation would you use to help keep things clear in your mind
> > as to which Xeno colours mean what?

First, he misspelled color.

Seriously, though, for Icecaster, a game which is (hopefully) gonna use
one stash and be color-relevant in the Magus (advanced) variation, I
have come up with this correlation:

    * "bt" for blue or teal
    * "ro" for red or orange
    * "yc" for yellow or clear
    * "gp" for green or purple
    * "kw" for black or white 

I refer to both colors every time, when designating a spell, so that
there's nothing lost in translation. As such, I call cyan "teal"--yes,
a slight misnomer--so it's one-letter abbreviation is not confused with
clear "c"; and, obviously, I use "k" for black, so it's not confused
with blue "b".

Why? Well, first, I agree that blue and cyan/teal are obvious
correlations. I also find yellow and clear to be fairly obvious:
they're both the "lightest" colors and I've gotten in the habit of
using them together for Martian Chess, to help folks "ignore" the
colors. Red and orange are also quite obvious correlations, to me,
being but a few wavelengths apart. Purple and green? Well, they are the
ones left (lame reason) and they are both secondary colors, whereas
every other pairing has a primary color.

By the way, for what it's worth, it always irked me that green was put
into Rainbow, making it "the lone secondary" of the set; I'd have put
in clear and left all the secondaries to be in Xeno along with the
"lone freak" cyan, which isn't even a tertiary color. Doing so would
have also added some minor educational value, as the sets could be
called "Primary" and "Secondary (plus the Freak)".

Hope this helps. Please let us know what's decided, so we can make games
on the wiki match the official, published correlations;