Author Topic: 2024/05: Dune II: The Building Of A Dynasty (PC) - mechaskrom  (Read 2836 times)

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Offline JonLeung

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For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to mechaskrom's Dune II: The Building Of A Dynasty (PC) maps.

Arrakis, a harsh desert planet, is the source of the valuable commodity known as "spice".  Spice has health benefits, including the extension of life expectancy, and can alter the mind, like expanding sensory perceptions and even foresight.  Guild Navigators depend on spice for the prescience required for safe interstellar travel.  Spice isn't so easy to harvest and refine, as there are massive sandworms under the surface, and the native Fremen oppose off-worlders.  Even with these obstacles, the Houses of Atreides, Ordos, and Harkonnen seek to command and conquer Arrakis, as Baron Harkonnen says, "he who controls the spice, controls the universe."

A few years before the first game in their Command & Conquer series, Westwood Studios released Dune II: The Building Of A Dynasty, an earlier RTS (real-time strategy) game.  It even predates WarCraft (by Blizzard).  So besides building a dynasty, it was also pioneering a genre.  Herzog Zwei (by Technosoft) on the Sega Genesis may have come before, but Dune II is certainly meaningful in the history of the genre on PCs, where many RTSes make their home.

So to recognize the effort put into mapping this genre trailblazer, mechaskrom's Dune II: The Building Of A Dynasty (PC) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for May 2024.

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Re: 2024/05: Dune II: The Building Of A Dynasty (PC) - mechaskrom
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2024, 09:23:18 am »
Thank you, this was unexpected.

I originally didn't plan to map this game, but because it's so similar to Command & Conquer it was pretty easy to add support for it in my CnCMapper tool. The terrain generator and spice field functions were a bit difficult though.

Dune II is a good RTS game, but very clunky by today's standards so I recommend using something like Dune Legacy or Dune Dynasty if you want to play it.

I really like the Dune universe and loved the movies (both the old and new). It has a cool style and a very interesting mix of scifi, politics and religion.
Some tools and other stuff I've made:
https://github.com/mechaskrom