Some messages are displayed on the graphical panel e.g. damage amounts that float upwards and fade WoW-style. The main graphical panel takes up about 1/6th of the screen space. Think 600 pixels square on an average 17" display.
In conjunction with these is the verbose message for each event that is written into a separate message panel. It might read something like:
The evil wizard casts a spell... Creature X is burned for 85 pts of damage. Creature X is dead! Creature Y is burned for 18 pts of damage. ...
There are potentialy a lot of messages (perhaps dozens in a single combat round with many participants) and they scroll past pretty quick.
Where would you put this message panel in relation to the main graphical panel and why?
Any preferences on size, usage, or other UI feedback pertaining to this topic?