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Offline Crow!

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Ohana (progress: about 70% done)
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:53:06 PM »
While thinking about what sorts of maps I needed for my ideas for the Phase Shift mod to play out the way I had in mind, I realized that no current maps really fit the bill.  Because I am forcing the player to expand to new mines throughout the entire game, there has to be available to each player a roughly symmetric supply of many reasonably defendable mining positions.  Most OP2 maps, however, are anything but symmetric, and very few have well defined base positions beyond the player's start position.

Some other RTSes do have exactly this problem, so I turned to one I played a lot in the past, Starcraft 2, for ideas.  The following map is based loosely on Ohana, a 2 player map from that game.  The first image is a 128x128 mockup of about what I wanted to put into the map, and the next image is what I've achieved so far.  In the mockup, brown squares are common metal mines and orange ones are rare; the size of the square is the number of bars of the mine.

One thing that bothers me is actually the empty areas - although I certainly plan to put in mud cracks and sand rocks and stuff, the actually empty space is kind of obvious that it's the same 4x4 block repeated many times.  I'm sure other mappers have dealt with this, so I'll ask - what's a good way to handle empty spaces?

I'm also a bit worried about how the rotationally symmetric lower half of the map will work out, because the OP2 tileset doesn't seem well suited to supporting that kind of thing.  In particular, I'm worried about any asymmetry in how microwave and railgun line of fire interacts with 1 tile of cliff versus 2 tiles of cliff.  Does anyone know more about how that works?  I was always confused in the campaign by where I was and was not able to fire at a high ground guard post.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2019, 10:45:24 PM by Crow! »
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Re: Ohana (progress: about 20% done)
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 07:57:37 PM »
You may experience substandard pathfinding with such a small opening to a protected area like that. Outpost 2 doesn't have a robust pathfinder built in.

As for the pattern in the dirt, try placing the 3x3 or 4x4 squares more randomly. By overlapping them a fair amount as you go, the pattern will appear a lot more natural. There are more than one choice for dirt patterns. Try adding a couple of the second pattern on top of the first pattern which should add some more variety.

The problem with very symmetrical maps is that they do not look like realistic alien landscapes. (Well as much as 1000 sprite tiles allow). I don't have any issue with them looking artificial, but the wells (tilesets) were definitely designed to look organic over providing nice, balanced multiplayer maps.

In addition to the rocks, and cracks, you can add some of the vegetation tiles and maybe a couple of small mesas with the cliff tiles in the middle. There are also some decent sized debris tiles that can take up some space.

Hope the ramblings help.

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Re: Ohana (progress: about 40% done)
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 10:43:44 PM »
I've experienced bad pathing with the Plymouth Starship II map, which has similar base design.  But unfortunately, I don't think there's a lot I can do about it while keeping the concept of a tiered base.  I may include a Robo as part of the map's default buildings to lessen the problem, but I know from experience that will tend to get units past one major obstacle but not two.

Here's an update on map progress.  The map itself is basically 50% made now, then I'll have to place beacons and buildings and such.  I did some of the more random patching of the mud and sand bases, and I put in some doodads to make some of the areas less empty.
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Re: Ohana (progress: about 40% done)
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2019, 03:28:40 PM »
I have added units for both bases, and am starting to connect the terrain from the SE to the rest seen in the previous post.

Buildings, Vehicles, and Tech at start will be as in the following lists.  Notice the RCC (I've tested it, and units are smart enough to get out of the bases in a sensible way when it is active, but not when it is not.)

Notice also the jump start to military technology for both sides when High resources are selected.  This is the result of my thinking over my conversation with SirBomber over the weekend regarding Phase Shift's early game - I concluded that the quantity of resources and population each player has at the start of a High resources game is just not appropriate for a colony that is not ready to even produce vehicles yet.  If you want to have more control over the colony's early game development, play the game with lower starting resources so the colony is actually IN an earlier stage of development.


Low Resources:
  • Command Center
  • Robot Command Center
  • Structure Factory
  • Standard Lab
  • Agridome
  • Common Ore Smelter
  • Tokamak
  • Robo-Surveyor
  • Robo-Miner
  • Cargo Truck x2
  • Earthworker

Medium Resources Additions:
  • Offspring Enhancement + Nursery
  • Research Training Programs + University
  • If Morale is being used: Residence
  • Robo-Dozer

High Resources Additions:
  • Cybernetic Teleoperation + Vehicle Factory
  • If Morale is being used: Environmental Psychology
  • Cargo Truck (for a total of 3)
  • Phase Shift only: if the player is Plymouth, Arachnid Factory + Legged Robot Tech and skip the following items
  • Advanced Lab
  • Large Scale Optical Resonators or Focused Microwave Projection
« Last Edit: April 16, 2019, 03:32:19 PM by Crow! »
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Re: Ohana (progress: about 70% done)
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2019, 10:57:46 PM »
Here's an image of the most current progress.  I appear to have accidentally built the SE base outward about 4 tiles too far, and it's been causing a few problems getting the map elements to line up.  I'll probably have to just move the whole thing back, which will also require moving the units as well.
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Re: Ohana (progress: about 70% done)
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2019, 11:49:14 PM »
That looks like it's shaping up nicely. :)