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King Zenith

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Dragon Quest IX World Map Gets a Facelift

Yesterday, 08:02 AM

I decided to redo the Dragon Quest IX World Map to take advantage of recent improvements to my process.  I rescanned the whole map as viewed from the Starflight Express.  Some of the key improvements:

 

- Higher resolution, giving more detail at 100% zoom scale

- Proper aspect ratio maintained (the previous version was squished in the north-south direction, making it seem like the world was much wider than it was tall

- Colors are brighter

 

In any case, here is the new finished map (click on it and view as image to see full resolution):

 

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Just for fun, here are some comparison images to show the change in detail (and aspect ratio) from the old version to the new version:

 

Alltrades Abbey Region:

 

New Version:

Starflight_Alltrades_Area_New.png

 

Old Version:

Starflight_Alltrades_Area_Old.png

 

 

 

Magmaroo Region:

 

New Version:

Starflight_Magmaroo_New.png

 

 

Old Version:

Starflight_Magmaroo_Old.png

 

 

 

Angel Falls Region:

 

New Version:

Starflight_Angel_Falls_Area_New.png

 

 

Old Version:

 

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First Images from the EBLASTOR - DQ8 World Map

08 July 2014 - 11:08 AM

Made some new progress on the DQ8 Mapping tools and I think I am finally ready to start actually producing stuff.  It's going to be a pretty big job I think, but I am really hoping the end result will both look nice and be useful.

 

So, what is the EBLASTOR?  That is the stupid name I came up with for my method of ripping this DQ8 map.  It stands for Empyrea-Based Low-Altitude Scanning TopopgraphinatOR.  A year or so ago I showed some results from my first crack at it, and while I was pretty happy with it then, I think things have gotten better since.

 

 

Here is a quick look at the OLD CRAPPY RESULTS, which have now been improved upon (I believe):

 

Old Crappy Map Sample:

Spoiler

 

--> That sample shows a bit of Argonia near the bottom and leads up to Arcadia near the top.  It actually looks ok if you are zoomed out, but when viewing it at 100% scale, it looks grainy and really pixelated.

 

 

With some tweaks to the process and an increased internal resolution rendering, I am starting to get better results and here is a quick sample (unfortunately not of the same area), showing what I believe to be improved detail and overall higher quality:

 

New Not-As-Crappy-Sample:

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--> This sample shows Ascantha and the Mole Hole in the southern portion of the image, and then you can see just a sliver of the Tower of Alexandria as you look further north. 

 

 

It's not perfect since you can still see a hint of pixelation, but I think this is as close as I can get, and frankly, I think it's good enough. 

 

 

Last night I started production in earnest on this, by setting up Empyrea to fly north in a slightly-off-cardinal orbit starting on the western edge of the map.  With this set-up, she will make vertical strips that have 50% side-lap by the time she returns to the same latitude after crossing the "north pole".  This orbiting pattern means I don't have to control her flight and I don't ever have to try to match up adjacent strips, which is incredibly hard to do as her flight direction is very "touchy".  Videos are recorded as she flies and she is set at the lowest altitude that she is capable of, giving the highest resolution and lowest perspective distortion possible with this approach.  The videos are then dumped to frames which are passed into my mapping tool for strip making and mosaic.

 

 

So, there you have it.  I made this topic to hopefully keep me motivated to continue on this, as I sometimes burn out on longer projects like this one.  I hope to post more progress as it is made.


Another New Contest Accepting Submissions

02 June 2014 - 08:38 AM

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Dragon Quest VIII Mobile has graced our western shores, and you Dragon Quest fans are snatching it up like the salivating dogs that you are.  But do you have what it takes to be a Light-Speed Champion? 
 

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This contest is here to reward people for beating the game, and doing it quickly.  If you want to become part of an elite squad of Light-Speed Champions, you must be one of the first 10 people to reach the ending credit sequence in Dragon Quest VIII Mobile, and submit evidence of your feat here at the Den.

 

For more information on how you can participate in this contest, please see the contest topic here.


Contest #112 - Become a DQ8 Light-Speed Champion!

02 June 2014 - 08:37 AM

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Dragon Quest VIII Mobile has graced our western shores, and you Dragon Quest fans are snatching it up like the salivating dogs that you are.  But do you have what it takes to be a Light-Speed Champion? 
 

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This contest is here to reward people for beating the game, and doing it quickly.  If you want to become part of an elite squad of Light-Speed Champions, you must be one of the first 10 people to reach the ending credit sequence in Dragon Quest VIII Mobile, and submit evidence of your feat here at the Den.

 

Rules:

 

1) Only the first 10 people to reach the ending credit sequence on their mobile version of DQ8 will achieve this prestigious accolade

2) Any old ending credit sequence will do. 'nuff said about that.  Please keep this topic spoiler-free

3) Your evidence can be a picture or video of the ending credit sequence on your mobile device, with Den user name on a piece of paper next to it

4) Alternative forms of evidence may be considered, but they must convince me that YOU were the one to achieve this task.  In-game screenshot alone will not suffice, unless you can show the main character's name, and it matches your Dragon's Den username

5) You can submit your evidence in this topic or via private message if you prefer

6) This contest will remain open until 10 winners have been identified

 

If you are having a hard time figuring out how to provide your evidence, just post a message in here and we can help you out. 

 

I highly encourage people to post their progress in here as well.  Smack talk and other friendly ribbing is encouraged, especially as we narrow down on the final slots available for this contest.

 

"Take care and tempt not the fates"


New Contest Accepting Submissions

02 June 2014 - 08:16 AM

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The recent release of Dragon Quest 8 for iOS and Android devices is upon us and it's time for another quick badge grab!

All you have to do to win this contest is purchase Dragon Quest VIII for your Mobile device, and BAM! A badge is yours.  Head over to the contest topic for details on how you can earn this quick and easy badge!

So don't delay! Run, don't walk to your nearest app store and grab a copy right now!