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Author Topic: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?  (Read 12865 times)

BigD145

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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2010, 02:07:55 pm »

You can print out gridded paper. http://www.incompetech.com/graphpaper/
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2010, 02:09:22 pm »

I use pen and paper, sometimes making floorplans, sometimes doodling a '3d' overlook of the fort.  Oh, and circles are undwarven.  Stick with octagons.  :)

At this point I'm about ready to start naming trees out of boredom, and the design I chose relies heavily on circles (Helm's Deep).

I've gotten the basic plan for the outside down, but I have no idea what is actually inside of it. Any Tolkien fans here willing to enlighten me?
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2010, 02:22:00 pm »

I use pencil and graph paper for most designs, because I do it during my free time at school. I have even made up a way to do circles using a compass.

But when it gets right down to it, I usually ignore my designs entirely and freeform it ingame.
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2010, 02:25:13 pm »

I have even made up a way to do circles using a compass.

Put it down on the paper and trace its shape?
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Bro, your like... thinking like a square man... its like, the WHOLE lamprey is just like, one big NECK dude, you know? its like hahahaha! dude protect the trees though, seriously. *inhale*... anyways... you like, want this dead black bear, bro?

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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2010, 02:50:08 pm »

I do thus:

1. pause

2. designate

3. look it over

4. fix

5. unpause

Works for me. In fact, it will only not work above ground, and what true dwarf works in the sun? None, thats who. All mega projects must be underground.
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2010, 03:15:56 pm »

Somewhere here or in dwarven discussion a genius got a programn which wuld make circles IN dwarven style for you

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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2010, 03:21:57 pm »

Yeah, AutoHotKey scripts, I remember that. Bit too much work to get it working though just to draw a circle.
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Bro, your like... thinking like a square man... its like, the WHOLE lamprey is just like, one big NECK dude, you know? its like hahahaha! dude protect the trees though, seriously. *inhale*... anyways... you like, want this dead black bear, bro?

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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2010, 03:47:17 pm »

Win 7's Paint seems to be as bad at drawing circles as Paint.NET. Or maybe I'm doing something 'rong.
No, it's not just you (and sometimes it 'corrects' my pixels when I draw, although that's not a problem for DF-style work). You can copy over XP's paint.exe and work with that, but it won't let you save anything.

http://www.bay12games.com/forum/index.php?topic=30589.0

This topic has some sample circles drawn in Paint as well as some AHK scripts.

(edit: huh, maybe I had the window sitting open too long. Oh well, the link's still useful.)
« Last Edit: March 08, 2010, 03:48:56 pm by Sutremaine »
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2010, 04:36:51 pm »

If you're on a Mac, and you probably aren't, I suggest Paintbrush for low-end but extremely user-friendly and efficient end products. Pixen has layers, and good high-end features, like being able to change the colour of every pixel of a certain colour, and an adjustable grid. (2x2, 6x6, 24x12, 100x49...) Examples:
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Take your pic. Also, graph paper works nice.
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2010, 05:11:08 pm »

....Plan?
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #25 on: March 08, 2010, 10:15:04 pm »

I actually use Google SketchUp, with a grid of guidelines simulating Dwarf Fortress's tiled nature.  It works pretty well, even though SketchUp is a 3d drawing program - I just ignore the z-axis and use multiple files when doing multiple levels.  It's probably about as good as AutoCAD, but free (which is always nice).
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2010, 10:24:06 pm »

Unless I have a sculpture or building design in mind, I use Lego Digital Designer. In any other case, I just wing it according to the region.

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As of nowadays, I'm using Paint.Net to get it done now. Far more user-friendly.
« Last Edit: February 26, 2013, 10:13:32 am by Itnetlolor »
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #27 on: March 08, 2010, 11:20:59 pm »

I just leave a bunch of notes where I want stuff (red note = wall, blue note = ramp/stair, etc) and revise as I go.

Circles I just do by hand. It's not too hard to do if you've worked with computer circle tools before in any capacity. I start with a four-point star and just fill it in a bit at a time.
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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2010, 11:40:25 pm »

Who needs planning? REAL Dwarves make crap up as they go along!

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Re: How do you draw blueprints for your fortress?
« Reply #29 on: March 09, 2010, 03:16:20 am »

....Plan?
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