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Gaming / Re: An unusual map
« on: August 12, 2021, 09:41:22 am »
Did that come with a different piece in each box or something?
  I think when they came out in Japan they could be bought as sets of boxes to make a complete map but they could also be bought as separate boxes.

Gaming / Re: An unusual map
« on: June 25, 2020, 09:26:50 am »
Heh - just something I grabbed to show it - thought it was a bit better than just a picture.

It certainly is one of my oddest maps - I do have a bunch of tablecloth sized vinyl ones which are impressive - not terribly practical unless you are  having burgers on them though.

I just ordered a fantasy map that is on wood - haven't got it yet though.

(And you are welcome!)

Gaming / An unusual map
« on: June 25, 2020, 04:21:47 am »
I collect cloth/canvas/linen fantasy cloth maps from games etc.  One of my most unusual maps (obviously not cloth - but I will grab anything map wise that catches my interest) is one like this:

Map Gab / Re: Dark Wizard (Sega CD)
« on: June 22, 2020, 05:45:05 pm »
Equinox is a sequel to an earlier NES game called Solstice - I haven't played that one since I never really got into NES (my first console was an SNES).

Just to tempt you a bit here is a video of Greenmaze (several screens in the game that comprise a surprisingly fun maze - kinda like running around in an Escher print) from Landstalker.

Map Gab / Re: Dark Wizard (Sega CD)
« on: June 22, 2020, 12:23:14 pm »

- I see you have Equinox in your sig - that is one of my favorite obscure SNES games.  Did you ever play Landstalker on the Genesis - shares a bit with Equinox?

Map Gab / Re: Dark Wizard (Sega CD)
« on: June 22, 2020, 12:14:43 pm »
I've seen Excel maps, but they're usually just using each cell, made into a square shape, colored in, so each one is a single pixel.

But these are interesting.  I can see how they can be done, but I can see why it wouldn't be the first thing one would think of, considering the hexagons.

I just tried making them in Excel by making diagonal lines across cells.  It works, but requires six cells per hexagon (though you can merge the center two, if that matters), though I'm not sure how to go about fully colouring them, unless there's a way to apply two colours to a cell.

I haven't messed around with excel since I retired in 2014.  I just have a chromebook now which suits my needs but doesn't lend itself to doing much with excel.  I was pretty good at excel back then - mostly because I was thinking of ways to implement it that most people couldn't seem to see (if that makes any sense!) .  I supervised a shelving department in a university library and wrote an excel sheet that would analyse the measurements of  the available shelf space and break it down via display as far down as each section of shelves (typically 7 shelves) and all levels up above.  Which was really useful when we shifted books (which is more or less going on constantly in a library.)   

The upshot was that I was always playing with excel and when the 2010 version was implemented I noticed that it had a really obscure function to rotate the cell walls.   Which (since I have always liked board games and console games with hex grids) immediately got me to thinking if I could make hex grids.  Took me a bit of playing around (the biggest problem was figuring out the column widths to get the hexes to display (more or less) properly.  Since Dark Wizard was/is by far my favorite console game I decided to start there.  Big project - but I did a couple hours of work on it  each night and eventually finished it.

Previous to the 2010 version I had played around with the shape command to do the side cell walls but those are cumbersome to use and I also (like you)  couldn't color the individual hexes satisfactorily.   I think there is (or have been)  actually software programs  to make hex maps but I don't know anything about them.

Map Gab / Re: Dark Wizard (Sega CD)
« on: June 22, 2020, 04:23:29 am »
I never would have thought that Excel could be used to make maps!

I hear that a lot - especially when I tell people that I managed to torture excel into  making hexes.

Map Gab / Re: Dark Wizard (Sega CD)
« on: June 22, 2020, 04:19:35 am »
As best as I can remember I started working on them about 2010/11.  Unfortunately that version of excel (2010) was the only version of excel (as far as I know) that would allow you to rotate the sides of the cell walls.  And while later versions of excel usually support the older ones that isn't the case with this particular function - so while I still have the files I can't do anything with them - the rotated side walls now show up as straight lines.   So anything I do with them has to be with the paper copies.

Each hex is actually made of 4 cells - you can see that most clearly in the second map on the south west edge of the large forest where in two adjoining hexes the left half of the hexes (which have been rotated 90 degrees) show as three triangles - which turned out to be really useful marking special places.

The very first maps I made were for Warsong  and they were on 5" floppies - those discs have long since vanished in the sands of time - I still have the paper copies  for those stashed away somewhere.

Sega CD

Dark Wizard
Shining Force CD
Third World War
Lunar Silver Star
Lunar Eternal Blue

Map Gab / Golden Axe Warrior (Sega Master System)
« on: June 21, 2020, 02:15:18 pm »
Here is a world map for the game I made on excel (36,000 cells!)

I later had these canvas maps made (the smaller is 11"x 17" and the larger is 24" x 36" - later after those I had one made that is 36"x 54"):

Map Gab / Dark Wizard (Sega CD)
« on: June 21, 2020, 01:30:30 pm »
A long time ago in a galaxy far far way I was into making maps on excel for videogames. Here are a couple of the ones I made of the Dark Wizard battlefields:

I also made maps for Brigandine, Warsong and a world map for Golden Axe Warrior.

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