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Author Topic: Ironhand's Graphics Set (on Hiatus)  (Read 998684 times)

CLA

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Re: Ironhand's Graphics Set (on Hiatus)
« Reply #4920 on: March 02, 2020, 03:18:06 pm »

The problem is that unless you use dfhack/TWBT, the up/down staircase, the letter 'X', Bins, and the cursor all must share the same graphic -- it's hardcoded. So, the ugly X is a compromise.
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JEB Davis

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Re: Ironhand's Graphics Set (on Hiatus)
« Reply #4921 on: March 02, 2020, 03:28:15 pm »

The problem is that unless you use dfhack/TWBT, the up/down staircase, the letter 'X', Bins, and the cursor all must share the same graphic -- it's hardcoded. So, the ugly X is a compromise.
Thanks for the explanation, I appreciate it.
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Walkaboutout

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Re: Ironhand's Graphics Set (on Hiatus)
« Reply #4922 on: March 03, 2020, 10:06:46 pm »

Thanks CLA. Yeah, he's absolutely right. The pallet that is used for things like stairs is basically one pallet, hardcoded for use, and so the icon is shared by a few things, per Toady's design. Which probably makes morse sense with the ASCII tiles, but is a bit more of a compromise when it comes to doing art for the pallete itself.

Creatures, dwarves, etc are little more flexible. They are determined in the raw files (basically editable text files) and can be changed around, so theoretically those are mostly infinitely expandable. You just need the art, and you can technically make a unique icon for each creature.

There is hope though. While I do not pretend to understand whats coming with the graphical update that Toady is working on next, it does sound like tileset artists will have a much more powerful system by which to design custom graphics for individual items of various types in the game. I'm no artist, I've simply updated what work Ironhand has left us with new versions. But perhaps when the graphic update is out, someone better at all of this than me will be able to extend this awesome tileset :D
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