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Calpheon is based on an Italian City named Assisi

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As a concept artist I always like to pry and look at what other concept artists used as reference/inspiration when designing worlds. 50% of a concept artist's job is to do the research before putting pen on paper, and usually catching wind of what a concept artist used as reference is almost considered as being caught red-handed. But personally I just find this interesting and informative of other people's artistic process.

most of Assisi was used as architectural reference, because calpheon sports a more forest environment compared to Assisi's southern Italy environment.

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Thought some of you may find this a bit of a stretch/not close enough I personally see a lot of visual design elements that were taken from Assisi and mixed with other southern/Mediterranean cities of Europe. If you look at the courtyard there are a ton of similarities. 


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RTEmagicC_Assisi-Basilica-San-Francesco-(<looks exactly like calpheon marketplace)
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klooster-van-st-francesco-basilica-assis
 

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You don't say?

It's quite evident that game developper use real life to make their games. Most people had determined it to be italian. Good job narrowing it to one city tho.

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You don't say?

It's quite evident that game developper use real life to make their games. Most people had determined it to be italian. Good job narrowing it to one city tho.

well ye, i say that because most uninformed people assume concept artists just draw something out of thin air. We do a shitton of research and referencing things we see in real life and we combine and take aspects from here and there to come up with something "new". It's really jsut a remix process, the rest comes down to your drawing and painting skills.

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You don't say?

It's quite evident that game developper use real life to make their games. Most people had determined it to be italian. Good job narrowing it to one city tho.

Italy no, I'm pretty sure Heidel is Heidelberg Germany

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Italy no, I'm pretty sure Heidel is Heidelberg Germany

I think he meant calpheon specifically.

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If I remember correctly tis in south west of france.

 Beynac-et-Cazenac apparently!

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 Beynac-et-Cazenac apparently!

Got close then, technically tis in the Massif Central (a chain of mountain) localized in mid south of France, Dordogne (the department of france which contain Beynac-et-Cazenac) is the south west part of Massif Central.

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Here's road sulfur works:

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I've spent 4 days in Assisi.  Makes sense.

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RTEmagicC_Assisi-Basilica-San-Francesco-

lol i had to double take to realize this was real life and not the game 

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Valencia city is obviously drawn from a mixture of middle eastern sources, some visual aspects of it reminds me of old Demascus. There also some small touches of North African and Persian as well. 

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Calipheon - Roman Empire

Selendia - Galia

Barenos - the Levant

Media - Egypt

Valencia - Sassanid Persia

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As a concept artist I always like to pry and look at what other concept artists used as reference/inspiration when designing worlds. 50% of a concept artist's job is to do the research before putting pen on paper, and usually catching wind of what a concept artist used as reference is almost considered as being caught red-handed. But personally I just find this interesting and informative of other people's artistic process.

most of Assisi was used as architectural reference, because calpheon sports a more forest environment compared to Assisi's southern Italy environment.

Here's some photos:

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Very nice post! I'm Italian, and though I've never been in Assisi, I've been in Firenze (Florence) and so I thought Calpheon could be inspired from it instead. But I guess their architecture is very similar. Those are very common traits to be found in buildings from the Renaissance era. 

Overall I see a very lovely amount of things inspired to my country, like the fact that the farmers all have Italian names too. It's not something you see often in videogames, especially from the East.

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Always felt there was a Roman feel to it. But no one ever speaks Latin. And its weird that Valencia, was the name given to the Middle Easterners in this game. Unless its a reference to Muslim Spain.

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Always felt there was a Roman feel to it. But no one ever speaks Latin. And its weird that Valencia, was the name given to the Middle Easterners in this game. Unless its a reference to Muslim Spain.

well the architecture is 100% Mediterranean/Italian. Ancient Roman architecture is nothing like what you see in calpheon, ancient roman takes from Ancient Greece in terms of architecure with the big pillars and such.

Calipheon - Roman Empire

Selendia - Galia

Barenos - the Levant

Media - Egypt

Valencia - Sassanid Persia

calpheon is absolutely not Roman in any way except maybe character personalities at best. Architecture is all high Renaissance Italian. Read above post.

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Got close then, technically tis in the Massif Central (a chain of mountain) localized in mid south of France, Dordogne (the department of france which contain Beynac-et-Cazenac) is the south west part of Massif Central.

la Dordogne dans le massif central? et Paris c'est le nord de la région PACA? technically.

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Is it pronounced Ass-easy? Gonna remember that city name for my next civ game :)

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Hey, OP!  Thanks for the really interesting post and all of the follow up contributions.  I quite enjoyed this one!  ;) 

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but we have no lag here^^

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cool post, thanks for sharing!

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Media - Egypt

Valencia - Sassanid Persia

But the  Desert  Fogans with their magical pyramids are in Valencia!

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Valencia not based in Valencia. /sad :(

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