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Shorelines [poll]

#1 2017-10-20 03:57:34
This is an update on the shorelines idea that I posted a few days ago. A couple people suggested adding a poll, so here we go!

I've added some "opposite corners" water tiles, and I've made them all transparent.

Shoreline tiles are decorative tiles intended to surround water pool tiles so you can make natural-looking water features.

Like the water pool, they cost 60 water, and are size 1x1.

A couple of additional ideas about this: they could be upgrades from standard water tiles, and/or the game might automatically place the correct one for the situation (which would reduce the number of different tiles listed on the build menu)



#2 2017-10-20 07:26:08
this is a cool idea. But it will be very much in the building list. It would be cool if you place a water pool and a sand thingy with one space between them, it would build this automatically. You know?
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#3 2017-10-20 11:30:23
I like that you made abunch of theserotational so that the tiles could be combined into fewer build options. While bast may not be adding decors at the moment, he may do an all-decor update sometime in the future. This game could do well with a alot more decorations
Edited by Amorphus on 2017-10-20 11:31:02
#4 2017-10-20 14:08:59
now we just need some simcity MIDI style music.

wonder if say for example if it does get added.
if types of planets can spawn with rivers or shorelines already existing and its up to the player if they want to build bridges over them, road over them, drain them or leave them. ^^
#5 2017-10-20 16:42:54
I wonder if I can come up with a (non-performance killing) way to do this in the engine without having to draw hundreds of new tiles. To have shorelines with every ground type in the game would require a ton of artwork to be added, but if one shoreline "mask" could be made and then the engine would automatically blend the two textures at runtime, then the game could support shorelines with an infinite number of ground/water type combinations.
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#6 2017-10-20 19:31:38
bastecklein said:I wonder if I can come up with a (non-performance killing) way to do this in the engine without having to draw hundreds of new tiles. To have shorelines with every ground type in the game would require a ton of artwork to be added, but if one shoreline "mask" could be made and then the engine would automatically blend the two textures at runtime, then the game could support shorelines with an infinite number of ground/water type combinations.


I may not even know what I'm talking about, but I am somewhat familiar with the concepts of game coding and I think I understand what you were referring to, but maybe not.

So by mask, are you talking about an over-layer that randomly generates rivers and shorelines during the loading phase of the game and then edits each appropriate ground tile texture to have different shapes/shades of water on it? If so, that would definitely save performance because you wouldn't have to have to do it during runtime. You would, however, have to re-render the ground/water combinations every time a colony passes a certain atmospheric stage(both on the way up and on the way down) and the ground changes, but it might only cause a short spike of lag instead of constant lag.

I've worked a little bit with randomized grid layering before, and I was able to create a generator that would create a basic grid with islands with beaches, but I never worked with rivers and shorelines. I wonder how that would turn out. Would be pretty interesting to see my colony with randomly generated water patches,. In fact, having a sea level indicator where the water slowly rises and spreads and destroys whatever it touches when sea level is increased would be fun. But you would have to make an elevation value for each ground tile and generate that at random and anything below a certain elevation(sea level) value be painted with water, and that might kill performance.
#7 2017-10-20 19:38:22
I don't know how i posted my response 3 times, weird. I can't delete the other two either, the delete button just moves me to the top of the page.
#8 2017-10-20 22:22:26
bastecklein said:...the game could support shorelines with an infinite number of ground/water type combinations.


A system like that would be the best implementation of this idea. It would be great if the system could handle transitions between terrain types as well. If you notice in the concept, there's a straight line where the martian soil touches the sand. That tile would need to have 3 different textures masked onto it, and its easy to imagine needing 4 (or more).

I was kind of surprised nobody answered 'no' to the poll, isn't this a bit of a paradigm shift for the game? ...at least aesthetically if not game-play-wise?

Someone mentioned game-generated rivers and bays, I'd love to see random terrain play a more important role in where/why we place our buildings in our colonies. I had another idea for Age of Empires II-esque cliffs that could be added into the game as well. That is a direction I would love to see this game go into, does anybody disagree?

Notice how the cliffs just kind of end before they get to the gates? Wall-tiles like these cliffs could be added to My Colony just like the shorelines I drew up.
Edited by AdamBukowski on 2017-10-20 22:31:45
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