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I was wondering how it would be possible to create some kind of terrain as Settlers II had it in a tile-based 2D game. Would I use a heightmap and render the terrain using voxels? Or would I store height information for each edge of a tile? Any comments or suggestions on what I could do a search are appreciated! Indeterminatus --si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses--

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I strongly advise against heightmaps in a isometric game, because they tend to waste a lot of polygons. Instead, I suggest that you look into a real level solution.

Of course, a heightmap could play a part of it, but other than that, it is a "cheap" solution, because it is easy. Try looking into 3ds files.

I myself am doing a 3rd person game, and found heightmaps really worthless. You have a ton of useless vertices on screen all the time, and you have very little control over it.

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settlers 2 maps appeared to be built from equilateral triangles, FYI. with a heightvalue for each vertex. pretty cool engine now that i think of it.

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