I cant begin to explain how busy I’ve been. I wish I could have spent more time on Ironfell. And I’m still very busy… but hey, lets talk about something fun I’ve been thinking about…
I made a mistake making the entire map of earth into the 50 or so realms that currently exist in the game. There needs to be more realms, new realms need to be automatically added over time, and creating the new realms also needs to be automated. Limiting earth to so few realms was bad, sorry! :)
Here’s what I’m thinking about… doing a reboot. Starting over with a new universe. The realms in this new universe will still be the map of earth. But zoomed in a lot more. Imagine that earth is made up of about 20,000 realms. No empty ocean or desert realms. Mostly coastlines, or interesting rivers and lake areas.
The original universe was procedually generated based on random seeds, and in a similar way this new universe will be procedually generated based on google maps of earth.
So the new universe will start with about 200 realms. Bigger than the current universe. And as new realms are needed, they’ll be automatically created.
I’ll probably center it all on New Zealand, and it’ll expand outwards with at least one new realm a day from there.
The connections between realms will also be procedually generated, so the whirlpools and tunnels will be placed in a much more systematic way. So moving around the universe will make more sense.
Hopefully by the time that the full 20,000 earth realms have been created, I’ll have the space expansion ready and you’ll be too busy flying around in space to worry about little old earth.
p.s. Scorcher… I don’t reply to your emails because you are so negative. It’s really hard to stay motivated on such a huge project as Ironfell. Be positive in your emails and you are much more likely to get a reply. :)