|About This Civ 5 Map Editing ...
||[Apr. 12th, 2013|07:15 am]
Plus, this epic American run was a great test of my first custom map.
After playing on the map, I found it is practically flawless, for what it achieved versus what I envisioned. Essentially, it's a Continents-plus type of map. That's a map with a few larger land masses, plus some scattering of islands.
Note: Interesting side-fact about Civ 5 ... the game recognizes only four continents: Asia, Africa, America, and Europe. Where Australia and Antarctica went, I have no idea. And don't get me started on continental classifications ... I looked that shit up, and apparently people IRL can't completely come to an agreement on what is and isn't a continent.
What makes my map different from vanilla maps and other custom maps ... I put a ton of resources on my map. By hand. Made the continents too, by hand, after I kept randomizing and not getting any random map I liked. It took me days to craft ... and it was totally worth it. Everything looked fantastic, rendered in the 3-D top-down mode in the game.
Note: This first version of my custom maps, titled "Genesis 001," is a quasi-backstoried idea that I had about life in general, with credit to the excellent film (and book), 2001: A Space Odyssey. The idea centers itself on making new versions of Earth among the stars, on other planets similar to Earth in the habitable zone of their solar systems. Basically, it's not an original idea, but let's say that life was spawned from previous eras of intelligent life, in the form of, say, an advancement-helping tool like 2001's monolith. So all life has been a never-ending series of rising from the seas, advancing in sophistication, eventually reaching the stars and traveling the cosmos, then planting seeds for new forms of life to rise and repeat, all in a similar re-birth pattern to that of supernovae and nebulae.
Pictured: Crab Nebula, or as I make my case, part of the circle of existence.
So, let's say our planet was cultivated by a similar style of species, with similar nations rising up from the Earth, with similar-forming features, all in the grand eventual leaving of this home to do more of the same, possibly with intent to create more forms of human-like organisms, elsewhere. Complete with similar Natural Wonders and so on. Thus my branding of my custom map as "Genesis."
No, not the band .......
Although, you can't go wrong with them, either. They had some great tunes.
I used an SDK (software development kit) for the game that I could download for free, which included a 'world builder' function that let me craft my map, hexagon tile by hexagon tile.
After the land-shaping, I started on plopping the resources.
( I had a theory that the game was stingy on resources. And I was right!Collapse )
( There were many reasons why this custom map was different, and more awesome.Collapse )
( There were a couple bugs, but one was cool and one was irrelevant. If you want to try my map out, let me know!Collapse )
So yeah, Americans are an awesome choice to use in the game, much much much of the game was discussed, and my map was pretty cool. That about covers it for now. Happy gaming!