Bugs in the original game

Just some random bugs that I’ve noticed while playing.

  • You can control the number of soldiers that you have in all of your military buildings. If you don’t have enough soldiers and you set the setting to maximum and then back to minimum the game will keep on moving soldiers back and forth until each building has been visited by the requested number of soldiers. Ie. if you have only one extra soldier it will keep moving back’n’forth between a military building and your Headquarters until it has visited every military building as many times as there are missing slots.
  • If you pause the game and load a game the pause will remain in effect, except that the game will play. You just can’t control it and the screen is dark. You can do this multiple times until you can’t really make any sense of what you see on the screen.
  • Sometimes the game allows more soldiers to go into a military building than it has slots for soldiers.
  • Soldiers can get stuck facing each other when they’ve been on an attack mission.
  • Fisher and stonemason won’t give a notice that there is no more accessible fish/stone if the site where there still is a resource is blocked by terrain (ie. swamp) or indestructible object (pine tree, or a tree that was falling when woodcutter’s hut was destroyed). FYI: Settlers II.net Map Generator has been written so that these conditions won’t happen!

Have you noticed any interesting bugs? We can’t really get any fixes these anymore, but knowing about these bugs may be nice-to-know information when implementing similar game mechanics in other games (such as Return to the Roots, Widelands and maybe other future projects).

One thing I’ve noticed while playing GoG.com version of the game is that I don’t really have crashes with it. Or maybe the maps generated by Map Generator avoid bugs in the game? I haven’t really played any other maps recently.

Map Generator improvements this week

There have been some nice changes during the past week, although not many of them as visible as some people might like them to be.

  • Development has branched to a new GitHub version.
  • Old version has been made available as well.
  • Maps are now perfectly compatible with The Settlers II.
  • Some very nice speed optimizations that make generating a map 100% faster than it was.
  • Also some bugs have been fixed while doing the optimizations.
  • Height map generation has been improved, better looking mountains (less “rings”).
  • There is more variety in landscape: coasts and swamps have been implemented, and there is mountain meadow around mountains.

Up next:

  • Improve user interface!
  • Bring more customization options back!
  • Provide different kind of presets to make it easier to generate maps to one’s liking.

Visit the Map Generator! Or try the older one if you want to play around with more options.

Important milestone!

The map generator now generates maps that are playable right away in RttR! Resources, trees and granite are now placed on the map so there is something to play with. Some final touches are still needed to make sure the compatibility with old game is established. In the meanwhile the original Map Editor can be used to load and then save the map and then the map becomes playable in the original game as well!

Once the project can save proper maps that also work on S2 directly with no assistance from an another tool I will put it on GitHub. Hopefully there are developers out there with a passion for better experiences :) There are many things that can be improved and I can’t wait to see ideas other than my own that make up a good map generator!

Generate maps!

It’s been a long time

I’m quite exhausted right now. But I’ve had a lot of fun, although a bit of hard and frustrating time.

Finally after all these years I’ve done a proper beginning for a new Map Generator!

See the Pen Map Generator for The Settlers II by Vesa Piittinen (@Merri) on CodePen.

I recommend opening it on a new page instead of the above!

It is still in very early stages, but it creates a height map that looks just awesome. And it can be customized quite a bit already. So pretty maps, must click for more… One… More… Map!

Another “minor” update

This time around we’ve switched over to the 2013 default WordPress theme. Nothing overwhelmingly exciting, but atleast we have a fresh look. Color and other adjustments might be done later on. Mostly I wanted to get rid of broken design as some update within the past year broke the earlier theme.

Minor site update

We’ve switched to Disqus comments. At the moment it seems the old comments don’t yet appear, but they should (as I exported them). Hopefully they do.

Other than that I hope the new comments system works better than the native WordPress one.

On real life news I’ve finally caught myself a developer job. As a result I’m moving to Helsinki soon and generally things are good. I just lack the usual time to do all the stuff I’d like to do :)