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Author Topic: Mapping idea: Arbitrary images in maps.  (Read 9504 times)
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« on: August 24, 2009, 05:35:53 am »

Suggestion: Allow us to embed arbitrary images (probably .bmp or .png) in maps, along with layering information (So we can say "Draw this over/under planets/ships"). Additionally, optional density - I guess we'll have to specify size as well. Might look something like this:

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[entity]
icon="sun.png"
layer = top
density = true
xsize = 200
ysize = 200

You could also give no icon to just have an 'invisible barrier' sort of entity - could be useful when trying to match actual density with a nonrectangular image.
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2009, 07:46:28 am »

Looks like a nice general way to implement some of the graphics features I've thought about but never implemented (suns, black holes, ...other stuff). Smiley  I'll keep it in mind.
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009, 10:21:39 am »

Thinking about this a bit more, it might be a good idea to add a "Don't display this" option to rifts - so you can use rifts to handle complex density on some image you want to do interesting things. The most obvious example is a diagonal line that you want to be dense, which would be pretty annoying as a series of rectangles.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2009, 08:38:59 pm »

Both of these suggestions are excellent and would probably save some headaches in the future.
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