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  • Junuxx
    started a topic [Utility] Atlas Map Generator

    [Utility] Atlas Map Generator

    Welcome to the Atlas Project!
    Current Version: 0.43 (1 Feb '06)
    Original thread on CFC forums
    The Homepage of the Atlas Project

    Atlas is a Java program written by me that is intended as a Map Generator for Civ 4. It will generate maps that are bigger, more varied, more realistic and more customizable than those from the standard map generator, giving the user control over every single parameter, and (optionally) providing a preview of the map as well.

    For now, it mostly serves the map creators as an easy tool to generate blank or halfbuilt maps of any size. Eventually it will generate maps that are ready to play.

    Latest changes - version 0.43 - released 01/02/06
    - Finally! The long anticipated RIVERS are in! W00t!
    - Atlas now includes my other two utilities: DefaultPlayers Tweaker and Gamespeed Tuner
    - Greatly improved continent shapes. No more blobs!
    - The Atlas Project now comes in a handy installer package! I hope it works for everyone, if not, please let me know.
    - Added random seed option
    - Added flood plains
    - Changed coastline setting 'Chaotic' to be different from 'Irregular'
    - Changed coastline setting 'Irregular' to have less off-coast isles
    - Fixed a bug that caused an endless loop in river generation
    - Fixed a bug that prevented rivers from beginning in anything but grassland

    9 step installation manual:

    Quick Manual:

    1)Download the zip at the bottom of this post and extract it
    2)Double click on Setup_Atlas043.exe and follow the instructions
    3)Start the program by going to Start->Programs->Atlas v0.43
    4)Mess with the controls until you have generated a map you like
    5)Press save
    6)Copy the file Atlas.Civ4WorldBuilderSave from C:\Program Files\Map Generator to C:\My Documents\My Games\Civ IV\Saves\WorldBuilder. You can rename the 'Atlas' part of the file too, if you like.
    7)Start Civilization 4
    8)Click Single player, Play Scenario, choose 'Atlas' or whatever name you gave the file
    9)The rest should be obvious

    Limitations, troubleshooting and future additions:
    - Note that you need Java Runtime Environment 1.5 to run this program. This can be downloaded for free here
    -Warning! The fact that Atlas allows you to generate maps of up to 400x400, does not mean that you or anyone else will be able to play on such gigantic maps!!
    - Functions that are not yet implemented are greyed out
    - If you get an error, you can't get the program to run, or if you think my English is crap : Please let me know!

    Finally, some screenshots...
    See the website for more screenshots




    I hope you like my little application. Please let me know what you think of it, and please check back soon for updates!

    See ya,

    Junuxx

    Downloads of previous versions Total: 9243
    Click here to download
    Last edited by Junuxx; February 1, 2006, 13:15.

  • Era Vulgaris
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    Originally posted by Junuxx
    @Era Vulgaris:
    Could you try running it from a Command Prompt? That will probably give an error message that can give me a clue. This is what to do:

    Open a command prompt (Start>Programs>Accesoiries>Command Prompt)

    Go to the directory where you installed Atlas (default C:\Program Files\Atlas v0.43)

    type 'start'.

    Some message should appear. If you post that message here, I might be able to help.
    Don't worry about it. I just updated Java & it works fine now. I guess I shoulda read the Readme first!

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  • Martin the Dane
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    I just downloaded it and played around a bit making a cuple of maps. Good work.

    On all of them there were whales swimming around in costal water, and on one of them there were crabs in fresh water.

    Another thing I notced was that the graphics was somwhat off. Rivers would often flow from the sea and inland, hils would be half submerged with waves leaping up their green sides, with no beach. I don't know if this is a bug in the map generator or in Civ4.

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  • Junuxx
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    @Era Vulgaris:
    Could you try running it from a Command Prompt? That will probably give an error message that can give me a clue. This is what to do:

    Open a command prompt (Start>Programs>Accesoiries>Command Prompt)

    Go to the directory where you installed Atlas (default C:\Program Files\Atlas v0.43)

    type 'start'.

    Some message should appear. If you post that message here, I might be able to help.

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  • padillah
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    Sounds like the Java runtime to me but I'm sure Junnux will know better.

    Tom P.

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  • Era Vulgaris
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    It doesn't work, at all. When I click on "Atlas Map Generator" (from either the start menu or explorer) a window pops up called "Atlas Log Window" for a few seconds then disapears - after that nothing happens - ie: it refuses to run.

    FYI I'm running Windows XP on a good quality Mid- High range Notebook (Laptop) - I rarely have any probs with it - even cIV runs Ok on it.

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  • padillah
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    Originally posted by Era Vulgaris
    It does NOT work.
    WHAT does not work? WorldPainter? Atlas? Resources in Atlas? Rivers in Atlas? Resources in WP?

    WHAT?

    Tom P.

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  • Era Vulgaris
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    It does NOT work.

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  • padillah
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    Arrrrgh!! I got resourses working in WP(well, I might add). But I left the thumbdrive AT WORK!!!

    Unless I go get it (I work 45 min. from my house) I won't be able to upload the most recent version of WorldPainter.

    Crap.

    Tom P.

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  • skodkim
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    Looks very exciting - I'll give it a go!

    \Skodkim

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  • padillah
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    I think it's great. Atlas has been my benchmark from the beginning. I've been looking to each version as sort of my own "to-do" list. If it's in Atlas then I want to add it to WP.

    But that means I have a lot of catching up to do.

    Tom P.
    Last edited by padillah; February 3, 2006, 13:01.

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  • Junuxx
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    I'm really looking forward to seeing it!
    By the way, have you seen the latest Atlas version? What do you think of it?

    Junuxx

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  • padillah
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    Originally posted by Junuxx

    By the way, I have also started completely redesigning the program because I am more and more often getting constrained by the interface and design decisions I made long ago. Now I now why all those programming books stress the importance of the conceptual design stage so much

    @padillah:
    If you're stuck with something, feel free to send me an email, I might be able to help.
    Not so much "stuck" as unable to make the headway I want.

    I'm stuck behind design decisions as well - but I knew I was going to have them when I made the design. My first real boss really drove home the datamodel /design phase when I was first starting out and it has stuck with me ever since.

    I was writting a program to track the CD's I have and when I loan them to people (I have over 1500 so I NEED a program for this)... but I got hung-up datamodeling albums and artists and songs and so much more... and it's all his fault!

    Now I can't write anything without a design first. This is the part that bugs me is I can't really hash out some of the decisions because I'm the only one working on it.

    Well, I've got the load working - you can not only save a map from WP but load one in and edit it as well.

    I've got resources but they are just willy nilly over the map. I've also got a much better way to generate the land. I've got some tweaking to do and some data-lookups for the resouces and I'll release.

    Another week or two, depending on work.

    Tom P.

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  • Junuxx
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    @Firewalkswithme:
    Was in a bit of a hurry when writing that last answer... went to a Reel Big Fish gig last night :thumbsup:

    Anyway, the new river model I am working on gives much better results, with nicer rivers and more inland lakes. I am still trying to think of a good method to check for pangaea-ness and noncircumnavigability (what a word :| ). Check for it or prevent it, either would be an improvement, but it's harder than it looks.

    By the way, I have also started completely redesigning the program because I am more and more often getting constrained by the interface and design decisions I made long ago. Now I know why all those programming books stress the importance of the conceptual design stage so much

    @padillah:
    If you're stuck with something, feel free to send me an email, I might be able to help.
    Last edited by Junuxx; February 2, 2006, 22:36.

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  • FireWalkWithMe
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    Originally posted by Junuxx
    Random seed came with the 1.52 patch. If checked, you get different battle outcomes and such after reloading a game. Many consider it cheating, so it is off by default.
    Thank you kindly for response.

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