It’s been a busy month, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t able to find some downtime and crank out a few more maps!
I’m continuing to prioritize maps that see a lot of use by today’s playerbase, so I thought it would be a good time to tackle Western and Eastern Adoulin, as well as several of the Gates maps.
I also took a stab at actually making Yorcia Weald usable.
All of my maps so far are “base level” maps, meaning that aside from some text, pointers, and general terrain arrows, they’re pretty blank. I’m doing this primarily so that we can, in the addon, make all icon types able to be toggled on and off at the user’s discretion. A major issue I have with some community maps is that they are so cluttered it’s hard to make sense of them.
With regard to Yorcia Weald in particular – I did use a combination of several community-made maps to try and get the actual navigable areas represented in the illustration. But because those source maps were themselves pretty small, there may be some inaccuracies and I may have drawn a passage or wall where there isn’t one. Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of time to also go scout the zones and make sure these are pixel-perfect. If you DO and you manage to find something inaccurate in my maps, please do not hesitate to let me know by leaving a comment!
It’s been a bit of a slow/busy week, but I still managed to crank out the Windurst maps and started on Yorcia Weald (not showing that one just yet). Tackling an Adoulin field map also got me into a fun groove of trying some icons for colonization rieves.
I wrapped up the San d’Orian collection of maps a day or so ago, and glad I did, because it was actually really boring and time-consuming to make. Turns out hundreds of vertical and diagonal lines aren’t fun to draw. Add that to list of things I don’t like about San d’Oria already. 😛
One thing you may note is that it’s missing home points, etc. As the addon develops, I’m drawing these items on separate layers. Current plan is for them to be toggled on and off at the player’s discretion, so what you’re seeing is the very “base” level map asset, and icons/markers will layer above it.
As a “break”, I tried out Yuhtunga Jungle because I wanted to tackle yet another proof of concept: a map with lots of underground tunnels. I gathered some community maps and tried to include everything I could that would help the most amount of people:
showing the tunnels
showing the zones it connects to that didn’t have labels before
One of the goals of Remapster is to dig into the excellent community resources that have been created over the life of FFXI and utilize them to render extremely useful maps that don’t detract from the “legacy feel”.
I felt Giddeus was a great subject for pulling some of those resources into something that looked official, because it had a number of things that can create a frustrating game experience if you don’t have a good map:
An exit to another area that was never clearly labled (Balga’s Dais)
Below, you’ll find the remastered versions of the Giddeus maps, labeled to help you travel between them:
As you can see, I utilized arrows and fonts that look intentional and communicate where the one-way cliff dropoffs are. I also clearly label Map #1 and Map #2, and where each of the various lettered paths take you.
I’m very much looking forward to remastering more of these kinds of zones in particular.
I kicked off the remapster project yesterday in a reddit post, and showcased the first HD map, Bastok Markets. I got a lot of great feedback and enthusiasm, and I’m excited to start this journey. I’ve always wanted to contribute to the FFXI modding community, and this provides me a great opportunity to improve my skills.
While details regarding how to use these maps in the game are still being determined, please keep checking back!
Below is the legacy version of Bastok Markets, and underneath that, it’s remastered version.