We initially only allocated normal rarity Maps because we wanted other players to be able to establish their own Map base by playing in public parties. Occasionally finding a magic/rare/unique Map would enable them to do this.
After reviewing feedback and play data, we are changing the system so only normal/magic/rare Maps will be allocated to the creator of the Map area that they are found in.
Unique Maps follow party-specified allocation rules for three reasons:
- Unique item drops work differently to normal drops. Unique Maps are not factored in as part of the overall Map drop rate, so they're just bonus items on top.
- Unique Maps are designed to be especially fun and interesting to play. We'd like as many people as possible to experience them.
- They do not commonly drop.
This change is expected to be included in 0.11.2, which is currently scheduled for a Tuesday (NZ time) deployment.
If you were previously relying on public parties created by other people to find your Maps, we'd recommend you try doing runs of the Catacombs or Piety (Lunaris 3), as they're the best places to find Maps.
On an unrelated note, here's a teaser of very early, currently unfinished, modifications to the Ranger tree we're preparing for 0.11.2.