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Today I'm going to talk about how I've started using Nem's MEGA Terrain Generator to, well generate terrain!

Posted by Samuk on Jan 7th, 2010
Basic Mapping/Technical.


Hey Guys!

Today I'm going to talk about how I've started using Nem's MEGA Terrain Generator to, well generate terrain !

Mapping for Solitude is fun but limiting, there is only some much one can do with brush's. As we're attempting to make a full-sized campaign, outside terrains are very important, but as Solitude doesn't support any form of height maps making terrains is a hard and tedious task. That was before I found Nem's terrain generator.  

Before I found Nem's terrain generator us mappers had to manual make hundreds of triangles and manually mold the terrain like so. This process had to be done for every single hill, bump, dip, etc. This would mean that mappers would spend hour(s) perfecting their terrain if large enough. This usually would take a whole mapping session to finish. 


With Nem's terrain generator terrains like this are easily achievable. 

There are numerous ways of making terrain in the terrain generator:

A) Hand carve it, raise and lower the ground to your liking using a grid. If you want even more control you can move each vertices.

B) Geometric, I'd call this random with some control. Great for getting ideas or getting a base terrain to start off with. 

C) The most important feature, Nem's MEGA Terrain Generator supports height maps ! For those that don't know what a height map is; height maps are images with lighter and darker parts. The dark parts are lower altitude and the light parts are higher altitude.

There are more ways but lets move on, shall we. 

Now I will be showing you what the terrain looks like in Worldcraft, and later on ingame. For this example I'll use this terrain.

I exported it to an RMF format then opened it in Worldcraft; here is the result.

It may look great, but when you take a closer look, you can see how unoptimized Nem's MEGA Terrain Generator is. The way it makes the terrain is  by automatically making loads of triangles and then shapes the terrain using the triangles, a faster way of what I showed you in Worldcraft. 

Now, I start optimizing it. Do you see a difference with the last image and this image ?

How about now ?

Well, now its ready to be put ingame. All I do now is add a spawn point and a temporary sky, compile and launch the game !


I hope this look into Solitude mapping making has interested you and inspired you to start making maps for both Solitude and Quake!

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104 Jan 7 2010, 7:01pm says:

Looking good!

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mugetzu
mugetzu Jan 7 2010, 7:14pm says:

man this is a very very old update!!!! o_o

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xalener
xalener Feb 21 2010, 6:40pm replied:

+1 karma for the name.

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xalener
xalener Mar 1 2010, 8:50am replied:

aaaand he changed it :(

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Klammy
Klammy Jan 7 2010, 7:37pm says:

Sami, what have you done?

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ceriux
ceriux Jan 7 2010, 9:01pm says:

how are you going to get your own structures and what not using that? also if you notice that uses A LOT of brushes each one of those triangles you see is its own brush. can the psp handle something like that?

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Silverfisk
Silverfisk Jan 7 2010, 9:31pm replied:

Why apparently yes.

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ceriux
ceriux Jan 7 2010, 11:51pm says:

on its own maybe, lets see a complete map with entities and structures using it. i bet the fps will drop badly.

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imkongkong
imkongkong Jan 8 2010, 3:04am says:

terrain gen = BAD

it's better to create your own triangles to create uneven terrain. it's so much easier to optimize your levels that way.

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Samuk
Samuk Jan 8 2010, 4:15am replied:

I agree, as you'll notice all Solitude maps are done by creating our own triangles. This was sort of a test that I did last year.

You'd be surprised, I found that it was rather quicker if you used the terrain gen as a reference to your real terrain, kind of drawing over it.

But by all means, I'll be willing to say this was a failed test, as I've never used that method to make maps. But others might enjoy generating a terrain for there fan maps. The idea was to move this article over to the tutorials.

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] Jan 8 2010, 9:21am says:

I been looking for this tool for ages thanks a lot :D.

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hogsy
hogsy Jan 8 2010, 11:55am says:

Very helpful! Thank you.

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myles
myles Jan 8 2010, 12:52pm says: +1 vote     reply to comment
Samuk
Samuk Jan 16 2010, 4:35pm replied:

"The idea was to move this article over to the tutorials."

Yeah, I didn't realize it'd be shown on the front page. Anyway, what's up Myles, haven't spoken to you in a bloody long time.

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Marc1k1
Marc1k1 Jan 8 2010, 5:01pm says:

Cool stuff...

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jessebra
jessebra Jun 2 2010, 7:12am says:

how do you optimize your terrain (getting rid of all the triangles) ???

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