Sunday, July 29, 2007

Out of Character: Map Generator Online

With Henry Hyde's kind permission, I've taken his random terrain generation system and built it into a web application, which is now the first significant tool of interest on my new wargaming website. Simply choose a height and width in "squares", and the generator will display a grid of the chosen number of squares, with each square assigned a major terrain type based on the die rolls in Henry's system. I'm hoping, later on, to modify this to generate a single image instead of the HTML-based grid it generates now, but I'm hoping this will help those of you struggling to come up with terrain for your fictional states.

I have another couple of tools already planned, including a web-based spying system to use instead of the little app I found, because I've had a number of ideas I'd like to implement to make the spy system fit our situations on the Emperor vs Elector blog a little more closely, with several more options and a wider range of possible outcomes.

The new website: Check it out and let me know what you think.



MurdocK said...

Interesting, very basic and functional.

Could be of some use for the 'planning' elements where ispiration is needed.

tradgardmastare said...

I enjoyed the new site,tried the random terrain generator ( very handy ) and look forward eagerly tothe spy software.Thanks for a useful addition!

Snickering Corpses said...

Thank you both. I don't know if you've seen Henry's article series in Battlegames, Murdock? The present generator just follows the first step or two of his system. Eventually (read as: when I learn to generate hex grids and graphics on the fly), I hope to actually automate more functions of his system. In the meantime, it's well worth reading.