In the past, there were two categories of maps: "endorsed" and "unendorsed". That is all changed. Starting with version 4.6.0 of Landgrab, map categories have been further refined. It should now be much easier to find good quality maps besides the ones that were Endorsed. You no longer have to filter through 1600+ maps to find the one that you want. (Though you still can if you want!). These changes have also been made to the map browser.
We now have the following categories (sometimes called classifications in the game UI):
Gold - Gold maps have been judged by the Mapmakers Advisory
Panel as being of exceptionally high quality, both visually and strategically.
Silver - Silver maps have been judged by the Mapmakers Advisory Panel as being of high quality, both visually and strategically.
Bronze - Bronze is the default classification.
Rust - The Rust group is essentially an archive for maps the Mapmakers Advisory Panel does not recommend for general use but may still serve some purpose for the designers who created them. They may be incomplete or experimental for example.
New - All maps are placed in the New map group automatically upon their release. They remain here for a short period (likely 90 days), at which point they are automatically reclassified into the Bronze group.
Choosing a map involved 4 steps, described in this image:
These selection criteria make it very easy for the user to narrow down the possible map selections based on the number of players, number of teams, and individual taste of the game creator.
As you can see, there are three ways to find maps: Map Favorites, My Maps, and the Map Filter.
Most players have those favorite maps they really enjoy playing. Now it is
very easy to pick out a perfect map based on a list of personal
Adding a map to your list of favorites is simple. You now are able to access the "Map Info" pop-up screen from the game board itself (rather than having to go to the Game Rules" screen. On this pop-up, you can see the current information, as well as what map category that the map is in, as well as add it to your map favorites.
For those players who have created maps, all of the maps owned are presented if the My Maps selection is made. Maps that you create are subject to the same filtering that is done on My Favorites or with the Map Filter.
The Map Filter
The map filter allows But right now, the ability has been added to filter maps to between specific territory counts. So it is no longer limited to "greater than," or "less than," but also "in between."
There is an addition to the "Settings" section of the site that will also enable you to manage your favorite maps.