Hello everyone, I happened over this nice programm yesterday and I'm playing around with it to see if I can use for my purposes.
First of all, sorry to the admins, I'm afraid I made a terrible mess when registering, managing to type in a wrong email address twice. You can delete the account "Jedidia", that was me messing up one of my addresses with the provider of another...
Anyways, here goes the problem: I'm in the process of designing a graphically rather oldschoolish fantasy RPG. Turn-based, tile graphics, all that stuff. It'll have a rather large scale and make heavy use of procedural content, but I wanted to make a standard world map, and I'm not too hot on fractals, so I thought a 3rd party aplication to generate the heightmap of my world would be the best way to go. I can handle the rest like temperature distributions, vegetation aso, I just need a solid heightmap to go on.
The world-map is supposed to be 2048x2048 tiles, with every tile representing 5x5 miles. Clever me though it should be easy to just produce a heightmap with some generator and take every pixel as a tile, so I'd get nice mountain ranges and stuff like that.
However, L3DT makes the features way too large. There's terrain raising in elevation for hundreds of miles, coming to a peak and then slowly falling off again. It doesn't really look like mountain ranges, rather like one big humongous mountain.
I played around with the options quite a lot, but here's what it generally looks like:
Horizontal scale: 8045 m (5 miles)
altitude range: flat (0%)
scale of features: tiny (0%)
Noise strength: full (100%)
Noise shape: fractal (100%)
Cliffs: none (0%)
erosion: strong (about 70%)
lakes: some (about 25%)
Firt of all, there's the problem I described above, with terrain being way too regular for my purposes. Second, the terrain is generally too high. Most of the land gets covered in snow, despite temperate climate. Things get a bit better when I make a more detailed design map, but then the landmass in itself looks more like a group of islands created by a lunatic than like a continent.
This program was probably not designed to meet my needs, so never mind if it just can't do what I'd like, but I thought I'd ask before giving up on it. Maybe in that case someone could point me to a programm better suited for the task.