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All Out War 2 - View topic - Brown-ness and you!
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Post Brown-ness and you!
Brown sucks on any map - especially when it's used a lot. A trend I'm seeing with submitted maps is a lot of brown. That looks ugly.

There are alternatives.

- If you're going for a desert theme, inavoidably, you will be using brown, however, you have a lot of room for foliage, such as certain types of trees, plants, shrubs, cacti, all of which can be found in a desert. Green counters the brown nicely, especially when used with the right density and frequency.
- Water is your friend, if used correctly. While I don't recommend water *everywhere*, the blue-ness brings additional contrast to the brown which makes it look better. It is, by no means, something that can be used alone, and some green will definitely be required, but it helps.
- Why brown? Consider your map for a moment. Can you change the theme? Would it look better if it were a jungle? Or a moon rock base in outer space? (UGH, imo, but still something to consider) How about a tropical rain forest? (though you may need to import some new DECORATE/sprites for that) You can even add a winter theme (which is exactly what happened to AOW12 between submission and publication)

Remember - brown is not required to make your map a success. A lot of modern games use too much brown. Brown looks good if it is used sparingly, such as cliff-sides, water edges, or other such rare situations. It should never be the primary color of any map, no matter how simplistic your aims are.


Mon May 17, 2010 6:43 am
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Post Re: Brown-ness and you!
I agree. Canyon and Island look so plain and boring they are an eye sore. I want to see a colourful map, like Disk Defrag (somewhat?).


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Disk defrag somewhat hurts my eys due to the over bright colours and only black blocks. I'd prefer that two-way (er four way)? thing that guy was working on based off off Megaman

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Post Re: Brown-ness and you!
You could always have modified textures in ./skulltag/textures
It can help.


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Thank you Wartorn - your opinions are valuable for extra options for other people to consider. I can't say I fully agree with them - but that's why we have opinions, and that's why I asked you to post yours. Everyone has a different view, and yours helps people decide what to do. I should not be the full complete authority of what a map should be like. :)


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