mapvember2017

Mapvember 11 – Medusa

Mapvember 11 – Medusa

A small temple houses princess Medusa and her silent servant, careful never to cross their paths. She relieves her desolace with the company of the nights stars and the vast temple library – containing rarities that might a tempt a desperate thief to risk his luck with the deadly sight…

Ok, as much fun as the mapvember has been, alas I won’t have time to accomplish the rest. I’ll join again next year and maybe do one or two more. Thanks for the ride #mapvebember2017, it’s been inspiring!

Mapvember 9 – Minotaur

Mapvember 9 – Minotaur

A classic Minotaur maze, with loops and bridges!

Solution:  Follow colors from Colder to warmer.

Made it hard systematically: No clear patterns will help through, the outer loops, (purple-blue-cyans in the picture below) are intended keep you spinning, with always fewer routes towards in. No shortcuts through the distance hieararchy, eventually leading to only two entrances to the inner loops where you’ll find the route to the Minotaur.

But how could such maze be made even harder? Is it better to have few/two internally tight loops with only one right route connecting them, or one huge with plenty of connections all over the place? How about the bridges, will the eye naturally follow over or under – and how it relates to reading the maze and twists? Are there angles that are harder psychologically to take? But it is a good hard maze. Haven’t yet seen an algorithm that generates mazes exactly of this type. Maybe they exists  – what is this type of maze called? Would be curious to make one.   EDIT: apparently it is a sparse- braided-weave template maze, and there might be source code available to fiddle with. Nah. Those mazes looked horrible! not at all fun to solve or track by eye. And anyway the most interesting mazes are graphical, map like, with rich environmental storytelling and hidden object games.

 

 

Mapvember 6 – Gnoll

Mapvember 6 – Gnoll

The Rag Gnoll stinks to bottom sewers. Notorious for greymarket mods and experimental neuroware. Though, nothing good goes below com-1.

Inspiration from Megacities of Judge Dredd, 5th Element and Incal. Shady rock club at the very bottom by the sewer channels, where no decent citizens would show their nose. Place for ug neuroware-bands, black market implants and DIY-cyber-mods, known for troublemakers, corrupt researchers, odd contacts and informants.

I’m not that familiar with gnolls so it makes a good cyberpunk bar. Rag Gnoll, referring to ntech-slang “rag doll” – the limp body of someone with heavy neuromods malfunctioning. “Bastard got old firmware in his veins, easy to brick, one holepush and he went ragdoll.”

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