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Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:53 pm

I've been working on this for a while now (you know, since way back on Jan. 25th), and figured I should probably share a teaser screenshot from my testing (and altering, and retesting).   What a Face

This was taken in-game while playing my fae paladin, standing near the Northwest Road along the woods where the goblins have a cave.

Yes, I've gotten sick of the washed-out, drab, "gritty" look that much of NWN has had pretty much since the beginning, especially in areas with lots of living plants. Such outdoor areas are getting a more realistic coloration overhaul, along with improvements to tree foliage.

No release date yet, but it's getting closer. Gotta work on edge tiles (which I've never touched before), fix some more trees on other non-woodsy spots, and completely rebuilt an existing tileset.

And yes, this entire process started with me wanting to change a single texture as I worked to remove redundant files in the haks (stuff of mine added to Project Q and CEP).  Rolling Eyes


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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by daveyeisley on Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:14 pm

Looking good Smile

I do have a concern I hope you can alleviate. Pretty much every single one of my PCs is a teleport Junky. They have many, many, many locations set in their tp slots - most of them have all their slots full. I am hoping the tileset update is just cosmetic and will not involve areas being completely replaced (which I believe would invalidate the tp slot data for every PC that has a slot bound to them)?
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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:35 pm

Oooh, a valid concern, daveyeisley, as I too use those tp jaunts quite frequently! [kinda wish we had more than 40 slots, y'know?]
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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:57 am

99% cosmetic.

The only area that will be replaced completely will be the exterior of Ebonhall. For the rest, it will just be visual upgrading.

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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by buddha5442a on Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:11 am

Eric of Atrophy wrote:Oooh, a valid concern, daveyeisley, as I too use those tp jaunts quite frequently!  [kinda wish we had more than 40 slots, y'know?]

Wait...Don't we have 50 slots for teleport locations?

Anyways, liking what I've seen of the additions to the scenery. Well done The Amethyst Dragon Smile
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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by Elhanan on Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:16 pm

As I recall, only certain classes may use 50 slots; pls seek confirmation.
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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:44 pm

Sorcerers and wizards (who can actually cast teleport) get 50 slots, everyone else has 25.

Ugh. And you would not believe just how many individual tiles have chunks of plain, flat foliage that needs some filling out...

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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:50 pm

buddha5442a wrote:Wait...Don't we have 50 slots for teleport locations?
*sheepish grin*
Yeah, sorry ... me and numbers - it's not a pretty mix!

And yeah, practically everything The Amethyst Dragon touches is gold ... perhaps he's the wrong color dragon? Razz
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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:58 am



I remade the "drylands" tileset last night. Screenshots taken on Deathwater Island.

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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by daveyeisley on Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:53 am

VERY nice. 

Exciting to see a visual quality update like this to parts of NWN that have really been neglected (due to the amount of effort needed I suspect).

Thanks The Amethyst Dragon  Very Happy
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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:30 pm

Area loadscreens are a pain to make. Not so much the making, but the taking of screenshots...and the waiting to take screenshots (due to time of day and sometimes weather).

Between last night and this morning, I made 30 new ones. As an example, Tradeholm will be getting its own loadscreen image.


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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:41 pm

Ooooh, this is looking real good, The Amethyst Dragon! Thanks for your work!
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Post by daveyeisley on Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:41 pm

That is just badass. Looks great in-game too Smile
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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:47 pm

Changed my mind on the base ground texture again today, so had to go back and re-update 45 texture files. Now the ground blends better with the vertical grass. Of course, this means I'm going to have to go back through and completely redo at least 20 loadscreen images I just made the other day...

I'm going to have to end up redoing several of the skyboxes. The one here at Mountainholm Castle is particularly pixelated. I'm also going to experiment with a different method of handling skyboxes to see if I can improve things in a different way.

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Re: Soon: Big Area Tileset Update

Post by daveyeisley on Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:46 pm

That screenie is gorgeous. If you manage to depixelate the skybox, it would be amazing!
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