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DOSBox emulation soon viable in a browser!

Internet Archive has published quite a few MS-DOS games on their website, ready to be played! Some of the notable titles include Jazz the Jackrabbit, Commander Keen 5, Tyrian and Stunts. Yup, there is no Settlers II, at least not yet.

However since things are looking quite good there is a possibility for the future: it may be possible to generate maps and run an immediate trial of it on demo version of The Settlers II right here on this site! I hope things advance nicely during this year so that DOSBox running in a browser no longer lags too much and won’t cut music as much as it does now. Mouse may also be a bit of an issue right now, at least it didn’t follow my actions properly when I tried to play Triplane Turmoil.

Anyway, great new possibilities are clearly going to happen this year, or soon enough!

Happy New Year 2015 to everyone!

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.8075

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 🙂

Work again drains my energy

So the effects of summer holidays have worn off: I’m back to having busy days at work, so busy that I’m tired when I’m on my free time. This includes weekends which are largely spent resting. Unlike last year and year before that I’m not taking any pressure. I know I’ll have some easier time sooner or later. I’m also learning to going bed early. I don’t know when I get my first week that I’ve slept properly each day, but eventually it happens. I hope the cumulative effect of having enough sleep also means I have more energy, enough to do programming during my free time.

In the meanwhile you’ll get these random minor updates like the YouTube one or new replacement buildings.