One of the innovations of the 4E setting that I can get behind. All things considered, the 4E Dark Sun designers were very respectful of the Dark Sun fans. The Forgotten Realms fans were quite unhappy with what they got.
Yeah, this was something I noticed when trying to calculate the acreage of the verdant belts. I guess the 4E map has a scale that’s 2.25 or 2.5 times larger roughly, but in addition to that, they drew larger verdant belts. So like if you look at Urik’s verdant belt it’s only around 10 miles across on the 2E map but depicted as close to 50 miles across on the 4E map. The Verdant part of Balic’s peninsula is about 10 miles on the 2E map, about 40 miles on the 4E map.
And since I was calculating area, the differences end up being quite significant. I’d guesstimate Draj’s verdant belt at like 240 square miles (60,000 hectares) on the 2E map. But on the 4E map it’d be more like 1200 square miles (310,000 hectares).
I actually did it based off my physical 2E cloth map (which has slightly larger verdant belts than some of the 2E paper maps)… just because it’s my favorite of all the maps. (Although I’m constantly watching ebay hoping a 4E cloth map comes up). I haven’t thought through how I’d adjust it if I was using the 4E scale AND the 4E depiction.
x3.125 scale increase from 2E, about 1.25x more than 4E.
As others have noted, the 2E scale puts everything within a few days of each other, and gives little to no room for life to breathe in the desert. I find the new scale keeps things close enough for interaction, but allows me to fill the space between cities with villages, nomads, and generally a “living” (for a given value of life) world.
51 miles (50 for simplicity). I set my hexcrawl to be 3m per hex because that’s the distance to the horizon, assuming Athas = Earth. I don’t remember exactly why I chose that size, I think basically I wanted it bigger than 2e, and I think the limitations of Foundry maps along with my 3m per hex gave me this size that felt “big enough”.
Means from Tyr (assuming 24m per day):