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Thraxian
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« on: May 05, 2006, 01:34:16 PM »

My first attempt at mapping, so we'll see how this goes.  I imagine the process will be long, slow, and ardu... ardru... difficult.  So far, I have 1 town mapped, and thinking about starting on the overworld.



I have found one map of the overworld on the internet, but it is not at 1x scale, and the colors seem a bit distorted.  Still haven't seen any of the towns, castles, or caves mapped, so this should be a worthwhile venture.
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2006, 06:19:18 AM »

So I finally found the memory location to poke in updated coordinates.  Now, I can map the 4096x4096 overworld a little bit faster, without having to worry about nuisances like water and impassible mountains.  I just poke the new coordinates in, screenshot, and move on.  Since I'm not physically walking, I shouldn't even have to worry about random encounters.  



Funny thing is that some of the overworld map seems to be tile palettes.  Should these be cut from the final map, or included since it is actually part of the overworld.  I don't believe it to be a result of pushing myself outside the REAL map.  There is a considerable amount of the map that is unreachable and so far away from a reachable path that it should never be displayed.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2006, 06:30:50 AM »

Nice to see you're able to play with the coordinates like that. I tried doing it with other games but since they weren't simple overhead games like RPGs, I couldn't find any manner of coordinates to work with.



As for the overworld, it's not surprising. The game developers wouldn't waste time finishing and polishing parts of a map that has no chance in hell of being seen. What you're talking about is probably either a tileset or just garbage data since there's nothing definite there.



I think the hard thing about mapping is balancing accuracy and aesthetism, and I've had to take hard decisions of this kind before.



For example, in my Zelda: Oracle Of Season overworld map, one screen had a tree tile that didn't fit with those of its neighboring screens, so I opted to correct it since it served to purpose to keep it accurate but looked better when changed.



On my Ufouria map which is comprised of several interconnecting sections like a Metroid map, all the sections fit together perfectly except one spot where there was the height of one tile between the floors of two sections (in short, by aligning all the other room transitions, I was throwing the last one out of alignment), so I actually added a single tile row to align everything, and nobody would notice while using the map unless they counted the number of tiles in the changed section.



So in short, I suggest to remove those tilesets unless they are of some significance (for example, in could be an in-joke and seen from far away, the tiles might form a message).



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Current project that I really should try to finish:
-Drill Dozer (GBA)
-Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis)
-Naya's Quest (PC)
-Lilly Looking Through (PC)

Pending project:
-A ton of stuff that will never be finished
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