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torstan
06-30-2014, 08:19 PM
Here's a little in progress project so far:

Hex proof of concept. Trying out isometric hexes (conveniently the base has a perfect 2:1 aspect ratio in iso!):
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Working out the basic coding to get the hexes displaying
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Multiple terrains - plus infinite panning, and the UI workfow to allow picking multiple terrains
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Roads and rivers. Rivers run down hex edges, roads run through the middle, solves any conflicts nicely!
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Proof of concept for placing locations. This might just work!
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arsheesh
06-30-2014, 08:47 PM
This is really cool! Is this a personal project or a commission? Is it intended for distribution and/or sale at some point?

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Schwarzkreuz
06-30-2014, 08:48 PM
Dear Torstan, what is this Magic about :D ?
It reminds me slightly of Settlers of Catan.

Ilanthar
07-01-2014, 10:09 AM
Impressive work Torstan! It's a dream for board gamers :)

torstan
07-04-2014, 10:58 AM
It's a personal project so far. This is all proof of concept - the images are all likely to change (the buildings certainly will).

The magic is trigonometry, javascript/jquery, and - down the line - a little node+mongo for save/load.

Here's some more buildings to show the layering of locations:
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Pixie
07-06-2014, 07:46 AM
Reminds me a lot the graphics used in Civilization V and an old strategy game from the deep 90's which used hex-mapping: imperialism.

torstan
07-06-2014, 12:26 PM
A little more - showing region overlays and notes (and some bugs):

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Schwarzkreuz
07-06-2014, 12:43 PM
Reminds me a lot the graphics used in Civilization V and an old strategy game from the deep 90's which used hex-mapping: imperialism.

Oh Hell, I played it infinite times... I simply loved it. Torstan`s game looks awesome as it is, if I imagine even more different tiles for each terrain type. WOW, just wow. I would buy an early accessgame on steam with this visuals!.

torstan
09-07-2014, 01:48 PM
A little more progress on this:

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Galendae
09-10-2014, 10:00 AM
@Torstan-Those symbols are insanely good! I love the Dwarven site symbols. Excellent stuff! Wow! Quick question: Do you create these in a vector program, then resize as needed? What program do you use?

torstan
09-14-2014, 01:38 PM
They're all done freehand in photoshop.

A few more pieces:

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Diamond
09-16-2014, 12:50 AM
I love that building with the huge slanted roof - I'm picturing kids sneaking out at night and pillow-sledding down it... :D

torstan
10-09-2014, 09:12 AM
I got some grief for that one :) but I agree - it's fun.

Here's some progress shots and finals of those locations, and how they look integrated into the map.
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torstan
10-12-2014, 12:15 AM
And a little more

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torstan
10-12-2014, 11:59 AM
More icon work this morning - this time a wood elf watchpost:

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fifty
10-12-2014, 06:36 PM
Wow! these are all just amazing! :)

My only critique if I may be so bold would be that the rivers are a bit lost when not looking close in so could do with something to make them pop out a little more maybe?

...but thats a minor niggle and I absolutely love how even in repetition the skill and detail in these tiles is such that they still fool the brain into thinking each is unique!

torstan
10-14-2014, 12:27 AM
Thanks! I know that the rivers aren't quite there yet. I have a couple of routes to try. I'll post some versions as they progress.

And because I'm trying not to post without an image/sketch :)

More final lines, on top of the sketched lines.

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Gidde
10-14-2014, 09:41 PM
This is a crazy cool project. I'm looking forward to seeing the app in motion :)

Edit: Is this going to be a game or a map creator? I could see this solving many non-artist-writers' novel-mapping woes.

torstan
10-14-2014, 11:00 PM
It's a map creation app. But it's also online, so inevitably allows you to share the viewable map with others, and they can interact with them. The tool allows you to add in some notes that other users can see - but only the creator gets to edit the map (for now).

And, keeping to the rule. Some more sketches:
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torstan
10-24-2014, 08:55 AM
Here's the final sheet of those extra icons.

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Bogie
10-24-2014, 12:08 PM
Beautiful work Jonathan!

Ilanthar
10-24-2014, 01:08 PM
Incredible icons!

torstan
10-30-2014, 10:04 AM
Thanks!

And a couple more WIPs with the images in the tool:

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torstan
12-06-2014, 12:35 PM
Some edits:

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