Thanks guys. Not requiring having contiguous hexes makes realm-building intriguing.
I’m trying to incorporate ACKS to the Greyhawk campaign setting. I’d like to use the maps of the Flanaess as is (I’m debating whether to change the 1 hex = 30 miles to 1 hex = 24 miles as in ACKS or just convert ACKS rules to a a 1 hex = 30 miles formula - i.e. the maximum domain size is a 30-mile hex, not 24 - any input on this would be much appreciated as well).
I’m using the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer as a reference… I’m not necessarily trying to apply it word-for-word however (for example, I have no qualms about leveling down most NPCs in that book to ACKS’s level range, and plan on using ACKS population assumptions, with the book’s population totals merely being a “guideline” in my decision-making)
Last night, for a warm-up, I attempted to apply the ACKS domain rules to the County of Urnst, which prompted me to ask the question in the OP. The “rulership” of the County is listed as follows:
9 Lord baronies
11 Field baronies
Taking that info, I assumed that the Countess is the overall ruler of the realm; the archbarons are her henchmen; they in turn, control vassal realms - their henchmen are the lord barons; they in turn have sub-vassal realms and their henchmen are the field barons.
When assigning all 27 members of the rulership a hex, there were still quite a few hexes left over on the map for the realm of the County of Urnst. I would like to assume that, for the un-claimed hexes, the Countess claims such lands in name only. Furthermore, several cities, villages, and towns are noted on the map. Placing domains around these locations necessitates having to “spread out” the domains such that they need to be interconnected through contiguous lines (which looks weird), or there needs to be unclaimed territory between them.
I’m pretty sure most, if not all of the nations in the setting will have similar results of several unclaimed hexes, and that many nations claim regions of land “in name only”.
Does that all sound about right? I think I’m using the ACKS rules as intended.