Yes, that's right. Another thread about maps. By me.....Sorry
But seriously this is the only thing about Glest which I dislike. It would almost be perfect if this and a couple of other things were fixed, and it would probably be up to graphical standards of a comerical game. My main beef with the map geometry is that it is made up of simple squares,which means there can't really be any complex angles or cool shapes. It makes everything extremely boring and fake. Basically the only way the terrain will ever look any realistic is if we implement.... Triangles!
I've been looking at how other terrain engines to it... Heres a picture of 0 A.D (Yes, I'm comparing to that again
(P.S Here is the code for it (I think, lol) http://trac.wildfiregames.com/browser/ps/trunk/source/graphics/Terrain.cpp?rev=9635
This is just me playing around in the editor.
And heres how the tiles look:
As you can see the tiles all warp and grow
into anything, and behave more like a mesh. I could be wrong but I think the the triangles flip when necessary to conform better.... If this was implemented then it would be a much better solution than MG's cliffs (and would look a heck of a lot nicer too, no offense MG devs). It would also allow things such as bumpy looking surfaces.
I see this as not a feature... but something Glest will have to do inorder not to fall behind the times and become forgotten. This, along with bigger ground textures and bump maps on surfaces... GAE would pretty much be the best looking, open source, RTS engine out there