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Visual Map-Pack

Post by inferno8 » February 12th, 2017, 10:34 am

Have you ever wanted play Isar's Cross... high above clouds? Now you have a chance!

Let me introduce my latest addon - the Visual Map-Pack:
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The Visual Map-Pack (VMP) is a set of visually enhanced maps for Multiplayer use. These maps utilize multihex scenery technique used in To Lands Unknown, which allows display of vast hand-painted environments. These visuals are purely aesthetic and have no effect on gameplay but can drastically change/improve the look of the battlefield.

Currently this addon contains one map called 'Isar in the Skies' being an exact copy of the original 'Isar's Cross' but as the name suggests the field of battle is on a flying island high above the clouds! This is the initial release so do not expect the quality of Mona Lisa, but nevertheless it should give you a nice, unique experience right from the start ;)

Here are some screenshots:
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More visually enhanced maps will be available in the future, so stay tuned :)

Edit: Important notice: all players joining a game which uses this mappack need to have this addon installed in order to see the changes.
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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by ForestDragon » February 12th, 2017, 10:49 am

sweet! if it would be possible to have this sky terrain placeable in the editor, then it would be amazing. if that's too hard (and it probably is) then you could make a collection of images which can be used for making backgrounds like yours (i mean images like the sky image with nothing on it, rocks of varying sizes, ect.)

EDIT: also,could you make a version of the map where the 'impassable' terrain is changed to 'unwalkable', meaning that flying unit will be able to fly there
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Post by zookeeper » February 12th, 2017, 11:27 am

Well, that is quite something... :D

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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by inferno8 » February 12th, 2017, 3:35 pm

could you make a version of the map where the 'impassable' terrain is changed to 'unwalkable', meaning that flying unit will be able to fly there
Done. 1.1.4 is out:

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1.1.4
- new map - flyable variant of Isar in the Skies
- added a warning message for players who do not have this addon installed.
As for the last one, some players report that when they host a game and people join, these people cannot see the visuals - this is probably because of the game sending only a scenario, not the entire addon with its resources. It would be great to change this behavior, but I am not a BfW developer so it is beyond me. So I have added a warning message at the beginning of a match to all people without the addon installed. This should help.

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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by Angst » February 12th, 2017, 4:07 pm

This is amazing. Mainline material for sure.

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Post by Paulomat4 » February 12th, 2017, 4:38 pm

amazing! :) Are you going to make this for other mainline multiplayer maps?
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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by inferno8 » February 12th, 2017, 4:59 pm

@Paulomat: Yes, at the moment I have plans for "Aethermaw", but if you have a request for a specific map from mainline, you'd like to see enhanced, just let me know ;)

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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by The_Gnat » February 14th, 2017, 2:11 am

Now that is nothing short of brilliant. 8)

I am impressed with the sheer awesomeness you have achieved.

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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by inferno8 » February 18th, 2017, 12:04 pm

Visual Map-pack v0.2 is now available!
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Visual Map-Pack v0.2:
- added new map: Aethermaw
"The Aethermaw, a nexus of mystical energy" - I imagine this as a place flying through cosmos with multiple worlds and realities being attracted towards imprisoned Sulla. I tried to reflect that while preparing the visuals for this release.

Here are some screenshots:
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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by ForestDragon » February 18th, 2017, 12:07 pm

looks amazing! one idea though, maybe make the realities floating island-like? (i mean add that rockiness to bottom, like in Isar's cross, since water is already falling down, it would make sense to have the ground not paper-thin :) )
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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by inferno8 » February 18th, 2017, 12:25 pm

maybe make the realities floating island-like?
I understand your proposal, but at the same time I feel that these paper-thin "planes" look more accurate for a place like Aethermaw. They appear like pieces of different worlds litteraly cut from their "home-dimensions". The distorted edges ehnance that feeling, at least for me.

But if more people vote for floating islands, then there will be floating islands in Aethermaw ;)

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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by ForestDragon » February 18th, 2017, 12:27 pm

inferno8 wrote:
maybe make the realities floating island-like?
I understand your proposal, but at the same time I feel that these paper-thin "planes" look more accurate for a place like Aethermaw. They appear like pieces of different worlds litteraly cut from their "home-dimensions". The distorted edges ehnance that feeling, at least for me.

But if more people vote for floating islands, then there will be floating islands in Aethermaw ;)
well, the forum is fairly slow when it comes to voting responding. maybe you could make multiple variations of Aethermaw? :)

if you wanted to make distorted edges, then they aren't really good enough for their purpose (i mean that they slightly fail to represent of what it's supposed to be)
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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by inferno8 » February 18th, 2017, 6:56 pm

well, the forum is fairly slow when it comes to voting responding
Then forget about voting - I have just made these rocky islands and you were right - they look amazing :lol:
(updated preview screenshots in my 0.2 announcement post)

0.2.1 is out!

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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by The_Gnat » February 18th, 2017, 10:18 pm

:D I love the scenery you have drawn it adds a lot to the game.

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Re: Visual Map-Pack

Post by Scaramush » February 22nd, 2017, 8:29 pm

woaa, thats just amazing

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