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One of the first questions I had, once I had gotten everything working in my game, was how big did I want my map to be?
So I started doing a bit of research into what a real world equivelent map would be, in terms of size. Maybe it will help others to get a feel for how big a map they want.
I took San Fransisco, since it's a smallish city, which is what I want to use for my game (I don't want to use the city itself, just something about that size).
It turns out that S.F is roughly 7x7 miles, or 49 square miles. In metric, that's 11x11 km. So a good small city size is 10x10 kilometers.
But how big is that? I took my house as an example, looking up it's info on Zillow.com (neat site, BTW). It turns out my house, which is about 1,500 sq feet, sits on a lot that is about 5,000 square feet, or 465 square meters (so lets just round off to 20x20 meters).
If you plug that in to your 10x10 kilometers area, you could get 500x500 lots on a map (if they were stacked right next to each other), which is 250,000 lots.
Of course, that doesn't leave room for roads and parks and office buildings and such, but it gives you an idea of the size you are working with with a 10x10 km map.
Hope that's useful info for someone when figuring out your scale
Nice idea. I'll put it on the dev plan for Sapphire.
PS: If you hit spacebar in Sapphire, you will go into 'walking mode' where the camera is 2 metres above the ground surface (approximately head height, for tallish folks). It's not quite the same, but it does help one get an idea of the terrain's scale and the close-up detail (or otherwise). To return to flying mode, hit spacebar again.
Sort of. I've added a chunk of code for rendering generalised mesh objects in Sapphire, which I intend to use for the size marker. However, other tasks have pushed their way to the top of the stack (e.g. debugging), so there's no ETA on this feature right now.
Is this sort of what you had in mind?
I can sort out the lighting in time I'll include this in the next update.
I'm now reasonably happy with the mesh cursor (as seen on YouTube), so I'll include it in the next update. For reference, the dude is about 2 metres tall (~6ft 6in).
And here he is standing on 0.5m resolution terrain:
I've included the cursor man in the latest developmental build, which is L3DT v2.7 build 9, available now. If anyone doesn't like the little guy, they may disable him using the 'Options->Show cursor object' menu option in Sapphire.
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