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#1 supesfan   Members   -  Reputation: 225

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 10:23 PM

I want to design a city, much like New York but I am not sure of the best way to do it. As far as planning out the layout goes, I thought I'd use google maps and take a screenshot of a sky view of manhattan, and then open up the image in a 3ds max and outline the streets and blocks where the building will go. I will be creative with the buildings, but I don't know how to actually put it altogether.

 

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 12:17 AM

What is this city for?  You'd pretty much never want to put a realistic city into a game; you either want to design it around the way it is supposed to function for the player, or around the way it is supposed to look if the player can't actually wander through it.


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:26 AM

It is for a free roaming game I want to make. actually not  much of a game, just something I want to try. I have an iron man character that I want to use to fly around a city.



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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:46 AM

I have an iron man character

 

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:47 AM

You create a few major roads, throw some grids of different sizes and orientations so that they fit the big roads, then throw in some more big roads but so that they fit to the existing stuff, then some more grids.

Then you go and erase a bunch of roads to get some trees in there, add curvy roads because theyre cool, maybe a town square and a hospital and a train track somewhere etc.

Then you go and try to connect all the mismatched grids in a sane way.

You could also think about how the city grew and see if that helps at all. Like if there at first were just a bunch of small roads connecting a few small areas of importance, which then had grids of new buildings added.

Edited by Waterlimon, 25 May 2013 - 09:49 AM.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 05:47 AM

There's a plugin for 3dsmax called Greeble, which can generate city blocks for you. You should still do some planning yourself, but this makes it easier to populate your scene with buildings more quickly. Also great for just creating a quick mockup to get it working, then you can refine the scene later on.

 

Have a look here: http://max.klanky.com/plugins.htm

 

And here's a tutorial: 


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 01:20 PM

Here is a video on how to model a city using Blender, it uses a particle system to clone buildings.  Even though you are using 3DS max, it is likely that you can do the same thing once you see how the technique works. http://www.blenderguru.com/videos/how-to-create-a-city/


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:51 PM

Blender City Generator makes a city with one button.

 

Here's a video I made of one with no textures and some interesting lighting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIKykeqQMNg

 

This one has simple textures:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLiH1ic_ufM


Edited by latch, 22 June 2013 - 12:58 PM.


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Posted 02 July 2013 - 10:22 PM

This one I made by hand for fun.

 



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:39 AM

What is this city for?  You'd pretty much never want to put a realistic city into a game; you either want to design it around the way it is supposed to function for the player, or around the way it is supposed to look if the player can't actually wander through it.

 

Good point.



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Posted 21 July 2013 - 08:02 AM

Cinematic cut-scene maybe?






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